The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi


From Amazon:

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

What is it about?
A young man growing up in London in the 70’s. He’s half Asian half English, bisexual, something of a cynic but not totally jaded. Kind of an Angry Young Man book.

There are many well developed, fully human characters. London in the 70’s sounds like an interesting place. It’s both funny and moving at different times.

Could have been written as a longer book perhaps. 

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