The Buddha of Suburbiaby Hanif Kureishi
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 Suberbia is one of the most enchanting, provocative, and original books to appear in years.
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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.