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My Beautiful Launderette

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  544 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Described by Stuart Hall as "one of the most riveting and important films produced by a black writer in recent years," My Beautiful Laundrette was a significant production for its director Stephen Frears and its writer Hanif Kureshi. Christine Geraghty considers it a crossover film: between television and cinema, realism and fantasy, and as an independent film targeting a ...more
Paperback, 69 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Faber & Faber (first published 1986)
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Anna Matsuyama
London, 1980s.

What can be common between a Pakistani and an ex-National Front member?

Omar and Johnny were childhood friends and teenage sweethearts before Johnny become a neo-Nazist and naturally that ended their friendship.

Few years later they meet again and the story starts...

Wonderful story of racism, cultural differences and homosexuality.

Johnny and Omar hooking up = hot.
Inauthentic postcolonial immigration from a partially white guy = not.
It's always difficult to enjoy a story in which almost the entire cast of characters is thoroughly unpleasant. Even the less nasty characters aren't admirable, just pitiable. I liked reading it more than I liked the film though. And now I like it less after reading The Buddha Of Suburbia, his novel published five years later, which I think covers many of the same themes but with more depth to the ideas and more developed and sympathetic characters.
Mar 12, 2013 Alaina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alyssa
Shelves: queer, fiction
I don't know why I love this screenplay/movie, I just do.

Reading this made it much more comprehensible than just watching the movie. It's not the accents or Britishisms that throw me, it's the strange acting style common to Indie movies and older films. I suppose it's an acting style derived from the stage.
I seem to be in an extreme minority of people who hate this story. Dysfunctional relationships, hypocritical social elitism, bigotry, obnoxious characters, disjointed events and dialogue . . . I fail to recognize the brilliance of this literary masterpiece.
Sara Farooqi
Loved loved loved it! My favorite work by Hanif Kureishi - the piece reflects well the socio-cultural and political tension between the Pakistanis and Brits at the time, and how the protagonist faces some difficult situations.
Maybe this ist the point in the whole story, but there is absolutly nothing special about the book. Nothing cheerable. Everthing is it can get. So one out of five.
This is one case of the title being more seductive than the story. I enjoyed the interplay of characters but could hardly keep interested enough to finish it in the end.
This short story was an example of postmodern British literature I read in college. We also watched the movie. Can't say I'm a real big fan of postmodernism.
a very upstirring book, in my opinion. as if a same-sex relationship wasn't hard enough at that time, their different religions just made it even harder.
Jul 27, 2014 Wendle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Wendle by: Daniel
I've not seen this film, and so many nuances are absent in scripts. I think i would have enjoyed this so much more as prose. As it is, i enjoyed it.
Roger Cottrell
Kureishi is a brilliant writer and this remains one of his finest novels that has really, really stood the test of time.
yet to read a piece of Kureishi better than this one ...
Jul 07, 2008 CecilM marked it as to-read
I saw the film, but willing to buy the book soon
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Otekiligin ilige işlediği bir film.
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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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