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De boeddha van de buitenwijk

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  8,068 ratings  ·  435 reviews
Kureishi schetst een bizar- en komisch beeld van liet leven van Karim Amin, de zoon van een Indiase vader en een Engelse moeder. Karim, woont in een buitenwijk van Londen en is onafgebroken op zoek naar avontuur, dat wil zeggen: naar alles wat met seks en drugs te maken heeft. Er komt een einde aan zijn saaie leven als zijn vader, de 'boeddha van de buitenwijk', met zijn m ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published October 2002 by Anthos (first published 1990)
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mark monday
3 Things about The Buddha of Suburbia:

(1) i read this one because of my fondness for the movie My Beautiful Laundrette, which was written by this author. that movie was so generous, its characters so busy, its perspective so uncomplaining about unruly complicated messy awkward life. the book has that same feeling. i have a (too) organized mind and i feel vaguely envious of how Kureishi must see the world, taking in all of the confusion and seeing it as natural, organic, sometimes awful but mainl
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Warwick
Jun 20, 2013 Warwick rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Warwick by: a book club
Shelves: fiction, uk, kent, london, ebooks
I grew up in a place called Bromley, which is a sort of no-man's-land between London and Kent, and unclaimed by either. Nothing happens there: the main activities are adultery and backing out of Waitrose carpark. Its list of famous former residents is limited to HG Wells (blue plaque outside Argos) and David Bowie (then plain old David Jones), who went to school at a local polytechnic before running for the hills at the earliest opportunity. (That twanging pronunciation he has is the Bromley acc ...more
Kinga
I have recently read Turgenev’s Sketches from a Hunter’s Album, where he quotes an anecdote about a Frenchman who somehow got lost in Russia after Napoleon’s hasty retreat and after being captured by villagers ready to lynch him he was rescued by an aristocrat who was looking for a French and piano teacher for his daughters. It didn’t matter that the said Frenchman couldn’t actually play the piano, his Frenchness gave him all the credibility he needed.

We find a similar situation in the Buddha of
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Paul Bryant
This is a really neat and actually funny British Asian novel. It's not the best thing since sliced armadilloes but it lies around pleasantly in my memory as a number of other better novels don't. For some reason the relationship between this gal Jamilla and the hapless goon who gets foisted on her in a hideous arranged marriage kind of way has remained with me almost like I met them once. Jamilla is one of the coolest women ever. Or maybe just one of the most bad tempered. She's the punk grand-d ...more
Zaki
This book taught me that literature can be both incredibly entertaining and soul-piercingly deep.
Antonomasia
Nov 11, 2014 Antonomasia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Antonomasia by: the telly, a long time ago
There were three contemporary TV dramas I remember really speaking to me when I was a teenager: The Lakes, The Crow Road and The Buddha of Suburbia. All carried the sound of life revving up and starting to happen, and said that things were about to get a whole lot more interesting.

Now approximately twenty years separates me from watching The Buddha of Suburbia in the 90s, as the same span back then separated the series from its setting in the 70s. I should have read and treasured this book long
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Charlotte
I've been reading Kureishi backwards, starting with Intimacy, then Something to Tell You, and now his first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia. Intimacy was a traumatic read for me; it was Kureishi's barely fictionalized account of walking out on his partner and his two young sons and it was unapologetic. Intimacy was infuriating, but beautifully written, and it made me want to find out what makes Kureishi tick. Intimacy was very spare, the "action" taking place in just one day, and most of the actio ...more
Chris Hearn
If namedropping were a crime, Kureishi would be on death row. The pages of his first novel are peppered with references to pop culture and the literary canon, sometimes up to five, ten times per page. Being his first novel, it seems like he has something to prove, how well read and studied he is. I remember reading an Umberto Eco essay where he talks about the open/closed text, and how the post-modern writer/author/narrator/whatever will write using genre, vernacular, whatever, to appeal to a wi ...more
Lex
I read this book for my English 348 class. I was surprised by the choice, but as I continued to read... the choice became perfectly clear. My professor is in love with the idea of "national identity." It is a passion of his that he expressed to me when I interviewed him for a features article in The Carolinian. He also seems to have an interest and loves to debate about the interpretation of sex in literature. Several poems and as the novels continue through the semester, sex has become quite pr ...more
Megan Baxter
This book was a lot of fun. It has that wryly English sense of humour. Through Karim, muddling through playing Mowgli in the Jungle Book, his attachment to his father's new girlfriend, guilt about his mother, his stepbrother's move from mediocre musician to punk icon, the book captures a certain time period in England, and mixes in second-generation immigrant issues. And a lot of sex.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. Y
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Andrés Cabrera
Debo decir que no había leído antes nada de Kureishi y que lo que vi en este libro valió totalmente la pena. Por lo poco que sé del autor y su historia personal, puede decirse que aquí, en este libro, se realiza una especie de novela autobiográfica, enmarcada en el contexto específico de los años 70 en adelante en Inglaterra. Entre punk, sexo, drogas y demasiada adrenalina, el libro nos enfrenta directamente con la vida de Karim Amir, Inglés hijo de un hombre paquistaní y una mujer inglesa. La n ...more
Robert
Racy, although no Anais Nin, witty and thoroughly absorbing I'd have to recommend this book. Although, after while the impetus does get a bit lost...
Andrew
I grew up in Beckenham, the exact part of London suburbia in which this novel is set. To my knowledge it's the only time a novel has ever been set in Beckenham - in fact, it's probably the only time a novel has even mentioned Beckenham in passing.

So I very much enjoyed the opening chapters of the book, narrated by the teenaged Karim and telling of his father who becomes the 'Buddha of Suburbia'. I loved the way that the father is presumed to know the secrets of 'Eastern' wisdom simply because he
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Michele
The title to this one is a bit misleading since the 'buddha' of suburbia is only present during the first half of the book. And he doesn't get the role of narrator either - his story, the parts of it that you do get, are told by his son.

The Buddha of the title is the father of Karim Amir, the narrator of the story. His father and uncles emigrated from India as young men - his father married an white woman and his uncle another Indian. Uncle Anwar ran a store with his wife and daughter Jamila whi
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Tristy
This very well-loved copy fell into my hands through a scavenging adventure with my husband. I have always wanted to read My Beautiful Laundrette but have yet to pick it up, and this book is written by the same author. It's rare for me to enjoy a book with such a dislikable lead character. And it's a real trick to make me CARE about such a dislikable lead character. And care about Karim, I did. I read this book pretty quickly, to find out where it all leads. And not surprisingly, it doesn't real ...more
Jane
A coming-of-age story? Maybe. A brief exposé of race/class issues in '70s England? A bit. But it isn't going anywhere. Some good comedy mixed with confused soul-searching. I'm bored.
The title is a bit misleading. Speaking of his Indian functionnaire pseudo-guru father, the narrator sums it up ..."I wondered if he were going to con them and sit there for an hour in silence (perhaps just popping out one mystical phrase such as, 'Dried excrement sits on the pigeon's head') before putting his car c
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عائشة
بعد قراءة بضع صفحات من هذا الكتاب عدت سريعا للغلاف لأتأكد إن كان مؤلفه هو حنيف قريشي بالفعل و ليس راسل بيتر، فقد استطاع بحسه الفكاهي الساخر أن يبهرج

حياة رتيبة لفتى بريطاني من أصول هندية
ليجعل منها مسلسلا شيقا للمطالعة، وأقول مسلسلا هنا لأنها بدت لي أقرب لمسلسلات الكوميديا الخفيفة منها كرواية. تلك الكوميديا السوداء التي تجعلك تبتلع مرارة بعض المشاهد الممعنة في
سفور واقعيتها وأنت تبتسم. تسلط الرواية الضوء على عنصرية الإنجليز تجاه الملونين في حقبة ليست بالبعيدة، جعلتني أتذكر مشهدا من مسلسل
"mind yo
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Isidora
Karim Amirs indiske far träffar en ny kvinna, familjelivet vänds upp och ner och Karims värld med. Han flyttar från förorten till London, det ät sjuttiotalet och punktiden. Boken ger inblick i "the swinging London" (som det står på baksidan), samtidigt är det en uppväxtskildring och en relationsroman. Det är också raskonflikter, kulturkrockar, feminism, arbetslösheten som finns med i bilden.

Men det är inte handlingen som är märkvärdig. Det är snarare bokens svagaste punkt, för att det är lite v
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Ava
I picked this book up from the shelf of the Library with some trepidation. Will this novel turn out to be a series of self indulgent rantings by an intellectual author? My fears were un-founded.

The book is about Karim, growing up in the suburbs of London. His father, Haroon, is a muslim of Indian origin, now a civil servant in London. He is married to a British lady and has two sons, Karim and Allie. As the book starts, Haroon is all set to launch himself as the Buddha of Suburbia, going to priv
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Sunflower
Now this one actually is funny!A lot happens in this book- and a lot of ground is covered: growing up, racism, and relationships in the '70's. Funny but also touching and incisive in its descriptions of people's lives.
Francesca
Very nice, enjoyable book with lovely characters.
Cynthia Rosi
Kureishi portrays the life of a young Briton whose father is a Muslim Indian, and his mother an English woman seduced by the romance of a foreigner. Neither his father nor mother received the life they thought they were going to have. Instead of fulfilling a dream of status and riches, his father becomes a civil servant in a boring job. Instead of living a romantic life with a foreigner, his mother gets two kids in a semi-detached in a suburb, nightly doses of television and takeaway Indian meal ...more
Tiffany
Jan 02, 2010 Tiffany rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tiffany by: Leslie
Loved most things about this book, but one massive thing kept nagging at me through its entirety--hence the three stars.

I loved the book's characters: voices, quirks, circumstances. Karim was a distinctly unique and entertaining narrator, and I think it's a positive thing that I occasionally wanted to slap him around for being such a prick. I didn't even mind the story's episodic nature, which (to me) can sometimes come across as a way out of having to form any sort of coherent plot. But this wa
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James
File "The Buddha of Suburbia" with books I've found on the curb in Williamsburg. Other books in this category include "Out" by Natsuo Kirino and "Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle" by Stephen Jay Gould, both books I've loved. The good thing about finding books this way is that it cancels out my prejudices about what I think I like and don't like, and opens me up to try something I might not pick up off the shelf.

Anyway, "The Buddha of Suburbia" is quite transgressive in its sexuality, but takes this po
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Ricardo
Este libro me lo recomendó mi analista hace muchos pero muchos años (bueno, 10 u 11, no tantos). El año pasado finalmente me lo compré y entendí porque: yo había salido del ropero y estaba viviendo la vida loca, tal como hace Karim y todo Londres a lo largo de estas páginas. Me vino bien haberlo leído ahora, después de haber estado en esa ciudad trepidante pero que indudablemente ha perdido la frescura que debió haber tenido por aquel entonces. Lo que más me gustó es que el autor no solo se preo ...more
René
In reading the deep portraits that Kureishi draws of his characters, I could only surmise that the represented fictionalized versions of people drawn from his immediate environment and/or past. That's a rather courageous decision to make, I'm quite certain I'd not go there. So thank you for the insight into the way different people adapt to strange environments, whether they are attempting to make in in another class, or survive on a commune having grown up with servants, or make it as an actor ...more
Eddie Clarke
A very entertaining read. Beautifully concrete and precise period detail in the manner of 'One Day' by David Nicholls (although Buddha was written far nearer to the period in which it is set, so is perhaps less of an astonishing performance in this regard). It is sobering for me to realize this book was published 25 years ago now. It hasn't dated; it still feels fresh and new.

A great part of the novel's charm and success is the liveliness, lightness and subtle wit with which Kureishi treats them
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Brian Bird
I probably should not be as hard on this book as I am but it did not hold up well since the time it was written. There was actually too much going on in this book and it seemed to me that the "scabourusly brilliant" parts served no purpose other than to try and shock the reader. Oh my, adultery. Goodness, teens exploring their sexuality in 60s Britain. Not very shocking by todays standards. I know I shouldn't look at it as a reader that way but if you take those parts out of the book than you ar ...more
Roshni
Such an easy read. Entertaining yet reflecting so many different things about society and the immigrant experience and the role and use of art in society and whatnot. I didn't think I'd enjoy this as much as I did. :D
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Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels (including The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy), story collections (Love in a Blue Time, Midnight All Day, The Body), plays (including Outskirts, Borderline and Sleep With Me), and screenplays (including My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic and Venus). Among his other publications are the collection of essays Dreaming and Scheming, The ...more
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