The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
Finished reading June 18, 2013
This book is about Karim, a boy living in the London suburbs with his British mother and (probably?) Pakistani father. It’s about the people he meets and their lives. Though mostly it is about Karim and his father, Haroon.
Haroon, in the beginning of the novel is about to leave his wife for another woman, Eva. As Haroon moves together with Eva and her son and Karim’s mother and his brother Allie move to one of her aunt’s place, Karim sort of gets lost in a way.
No-one’s really there… Karim leaves school and at some point he becomes an actor…
And well there are some other stories going on in the sidelines – for example one of Karim’s best friends, Jamila is forced into an arranged marriage – her father goes on a hunger strike and only starts eating again when she says she’ll marry the chosen guy. But the guy’s nothing like his description was, he’s kind of lazy, one of his arms is just a stump and well.. he’s kind of silly.
Oh, well… actually the part of the novel that was about Jamila and her family was my favourite part, I didn’t like the rest of the plot or characters, so that’s why it got altogether three points out of ten.
And there was also a BBC miniseries made after the book. Here’s a clip from it: