One of my absolute favourites. This novel questions everything society uses to define people, and everything we use to define ourselves: race, class, gender, sexuality. These things, so often polarised, are instead placed on a spectrum: a person is not Indian or English, upper or lower class, gay or straight, typically male or typically female. We all vary along a spectrum, obsessing futilely over questions of identity that are no longer relevant in a postmodern world. A funny, quirky, heartwarming book that takes its place on the stage of modern classics....Continua
I was surrounded by people I loved, and I felt very happy and miserable at the same time. I thought of what a mess everything had been, but that it wouldn't always be that way.
"My name is Karim Amir and I'm an Englishman born and bred - almost". The incipit of a riot of a book. Early Kureishi was so un-PC it's a total delight (later he got all studious).