The Buddha Of Suburbia

Paperback | May 1, 1991

byHanif Kureishi

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Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the routine comfort of suburban London, enduring his teenage years with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure—and sexual possibilities. Life gets more interesting, however, when his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia, beguiling a circle of would-be mystics. And when the Buddha falls in love with one of his disciples, the beautiful and brazen Eva, Karim is introduced to a world of renegade theater directors, punk rock stars, fancy parties, and all the sex a young man could desire. A love story for at least two generations, a high-spirited comedy of sexual manners and social turmoil, The Buddha of Suburbia is one of the most enchanting, provocative, and original books to appear in years.

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A love story for at least two generstions, a high-spirited comedy of sexual manners and social turmoil, The Buddha of Suburbia is one of the most enchanting, provocative, and original books to appear in years. "A wickedly funny novel that's at once a traditional comedy of manners and a scathing satire on race relations in Britain".--Th...

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Karim Amir lives with his English mother and Indian father in the routine comfort of suburban London, enduring his teenage years with good humor, always on the lookout for adventure—and sexual possibilities. Life gets more interesting, however, when his father becomes the Buddha of Suburbia, beguiling a circle of would-be mystics. And ...

Hanif Kureishi was born and brought up in Kent. He read philosophy at King’s College, London. He is the author of numerous novels, short story collections, screenplays and plays. In 1984 he wrote My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. His second film, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, was followed by L...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.82 × 5.06 × 0.61 inPublished:May 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:014013168X

ISBN - 13:9780140131680

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting... An excellent book if you have absolutely nothing to do. In some kind it reminds me of the movie "American Beauty" - kind of the same style, if you seen that movie, you probably would have an idea what is this book would be like.
Date published: 2001-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Buddha goes Dancing A fantastic book about the East Indian experience in the UK. Kureishi's protagonist is a fascinating portrayal of a young man discovering his own sexuality in the shadow of the truly beautiful. Too similar to my own family's bizarre history than I would care to admit, the book is fantastic. Also check out My Beautiful Laundrette, another great read.
Date published: 1999-04-26

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A love story for at least two generstions, a high-spirited comedy of sexual manners and social turmoil, The Buddha of Suburbia is one of the most enchanting, provocative, and original books to appear in years. "A wickedly funny novel that's at once a traditional comedy of manners and a scathing satire on race relations in Britain".--The New York Times