Something to Tell You
Kureishi tries to shoehorn so many themes into ths novel (immigration, race, parenthood, growing old, sex, drugs, london in the 70s, guilt, love) that it's not surprising it feels unfinished, wishy-washy and rambling. Nothing is explored fully and it left me feeli ...more
This pointless and pretentious story full of a myriad of uninteresting, indistinguishable, and sometimes even implausible characters doing things you could care less about to even less interestings consequences is undoubtedly the product of a horribly-bourgeois, ...more
I have to admit, I felt somewhat let down by Hanif Kureishi over this one. I usually adore his work, his style, his characters. This just dragged on and on, pretending the overuse of flashbacks substitutes actual plot or character development that happens in the moment and therefore matters. And then the whole big story (that mostly starts after the midpoint of the book) is over something so stupid. It's one of those stories that we all know from daytime television, where ...more
This is a confessional sort of novel, classless but about being of Pakistani origins in modern London. Very honest about human behaviour and so cutting out a lot of pretentious stuff that creeps into novels. Here people behave as Freud woul ...more
Smooth telling, coherent links between the little actions of the different little stories of the characters, entertaining, respectable vocabulary if sometimes pretentious (but I love it). This book found me scrutinizing mistakes and pitfalls of the novelist and there were not many I could find.
It’s the story of middle life crises where multiple characters find themselves with much of their life behind them they ...more
I think that part of i ...more
Kureishi is a taboo breaker. Especially when it comes to sex. The things people do to and with each other for pleasure: the orifices, the body fluids; who with whom and how: there have never been any holds barred in Kureishi, sexually, class-wise, race-wise, anywise. Oh the Western civi-lie-sation taboos he has broken! Love it! The Black Album is still my favourite, I think, though I love the variety of topic and style present in the collection of short stories in The...more
"Rafi's mother had insisted on, indeed clung to, her own innocence. The badness was always only in me. It was, from her point of view, a rational division of labour. What she didn't see was that the innocent have everything - integrity, respect, moral goodness - except pleasure. Pleasure: vortex and abyss - that which we desire and fear simultaneously. Pleasure implies dirtying your hands and mind, and being threatened; there is fear, disgust, self-loathing and moral failure. Pleasure was hard w ...more
I want to be desired.
Love is safety, but desire is foul.
The Beginning: Secrets are my currency: I deal in them for a living.
The psychoanalyst, Jamal, is haunted by his past: the girl he loved and the crime he committed. This was a good and entertaining story. There’s nothing here we haven’t seen or heard before. What made the novel so special and unforgettable were the characters. They were hilarious! Even though it was a serious book, it read almost like a comedy. I es ...more
Jamal has to come to terms with these life changes while hid ...more
"Something to Tell You," by Hanif Kureishi, offers a change of pace. It's about Jamal Khan, 50-something psychoanalyst, living in London, estranged from his wife, Josephine, loving his 12-year-old son, Rafi, and living for 30 years with guilt for a crime he committed, one that cost him a lifetime with a woman he always thought he loved.
I regard Kureishi as the finest writer living. His spare prose, insi ...more
There is lots and lots of sex, ...more
The writer, best known for his debut novel The Buddha of Surburbia (1990) and the screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), obviously has a lot to say about race, religion, imm ...more
Hanif Kureishi's cast of characters are interesting and different and I like how they so much belong to the city of London. The various characters in their various storylines find/discover/lose and seek love, in its many guises. Thi ...more
Everyone has their heart torn apart, sometime.
I found a monotonous but easy job in the British Library, where I was a sort of earthworm with arms, fetching books for readers from the miles of bookstacked tunnels under Bloomsbury. I spent my day in the intestines of the gloomy building, surrounded by rotting printed paper, emerging occasionally into the light and space of the magnificent Re ...more