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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    A book about finding identity

    The book is very indicative of the time in which it was written. Set just before Thatcher's era in British history, this novel takes a look at many of the cultural issues that were being questioned by society, particularly in regard to sexuality, race, religion, tolerance, success, and drugs. The story centers around Karim, an English-Indian young man who is trying to figure himself out. The characters are pretty intense: Karim, the selfish and spoiled boy Haroon, his Indian father who has become a buddhist Eva, the exuberant woman that Haroon has a relationship with and Charlie, Eva's brooding and unhappy son. Kureishi does an excellent job of creating tension between his characters while managing a clear style that is easy for the reader to follow. I felt that the book lacked focus at different points in the novel, and many of the characters' reactions to events seemed improbable at best. I read the book for a graduate English course in contemporary literature, and though it wasn't horrible, I don't anticipate picking it up anytime in the future.

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