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Posted March 29, 2012
Poignant and thought provoking a roller-coaster ride of emotional consciousness.
This memoir had me laughing from the first chapter. Imran really pours his heart out in this book and it is easy to tell he is completely sincere. In The Perfect Gentleman Imran shares a little bit about each year of his life, from his birth up until his late teens, skipping through later adulthood at faster pace. It easy for the reader to immerse themselves into this story and follow Imran along as he attends school and later college in London.
At times it was sad to read about the bullying and racial discrimination Imran and his family endured while living in London. Although Imran did not grow up in Pakistan, he and his family went back regularly throughout his early life to visit his extended family still living there. During these moments in the book one gets suggestive moments of what life in Pakistan may have been like. Life for Imran is mostly in London although he does speak about a few short trips to the America as a child.
I went through many emotions while reading this book especially when Imran hit his later teens and he became more set in his ways. I found this memoir very compelling, at times informative other times irritating, yet overall thoughtful and surprising. In the end the little boy who started the conversation turned into a wise and wonderful man who left me enlightened along the way.
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Posted May 22, 2012
I have just read this for the SECOND time, having originally discovered the UK edition a number of years ago. Imran's style is incredibly fun to read and his stories provide some of the most thought-proviking and hilarious insight into the struggle to live a "normal" life in a society that seems it would prefer to judge you for what they think your religion and background is about rather than get to know you as a person. When you get to know Imran, you'll find that he's truly a great person, an objective thinker, and Perfect Gentleman... Enjoy!
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Posted October 13, 2012
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