Furious Bromley residents have hit back at comedian Frankie Boyle after he claimed the south London suburb was like a lobotomy made out of bricks One local said Bromley is great A relatively calm place to live, a reasonable amount of shops and restaurants and great public transport to get into London Do you hear that, Frankie Boyle A reasonable amount of shops and restaurants In your face I had no idea there were any books set in Bromley I suppose if you re from London proper, or Manchester, or even Brighton, you must get used to the idea that various works of art use your hometown as a setting but for me it was a very new experience to read about characters in Orpington High Street or Beckenham or Petts Wood or all the rest of the suburban geography of my childhood. Of course I was there in the 80s and 90s, whereas Karim, the hero of The Buddha of Suburbia is primarily negotiating the s But Bromley doesn t sound too different Karim describes it in the book as being a place of which it was said that when people drowned they saw not their lives but their double glazing flashing before them. This suburban experience is one of the points of the novel, which among other things is a gentle examination of English class relations, particularly as they intersect with race Karim s father is an Indian immigrant, and the casual racism of the s is hovering there in the background For Karim, it s of a peripheral irritation his main concerns are listening to new music and getting laid. He s bisexual, in the sense that he ll sleep with anyone who ll have him. I liked being handled by men, their fists pulling me and I liked objects the ends of brushes, pens, fingers up my arse But I liked cunts and breasts, all of women s softness, long smooth legs and the way women dressed I felt it would be heart breaking to have to choose one or the other, like having to choose between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
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Kureishi was born in London to a Pakistani father and an English mother. His father, Rafiushan, was from a wealthy Madras family, most of whose members moved to Pakistan after the Partition of India in He came to Britain to study law but soon abandoned his studies. Kureishi attended Bromley Technical High School where David Bowie had also been a pupil and after taking his A levels at a local sixth form college, he spent a year studying philosophy at Lancaster University before dropping out.
The next year, , saw the release of the feature film entitled London Kills Me; a film written and directed Kureishi. His novel Intimacy revolved around the story of a man leaving his wife and two young sons after feeling physically and emotionally rejected by his wife.
This created certain controversy as Kureishi himself had recently left his wife and two young sons. It is assumed to be at least semi-autobiographical. It was controversial for its unreserved sex scenes.
The book was translated into Persian by Niki Karimi in Kureishi is married and has a pair of twins and a younger son.
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
Plot[ edit ] The Buddha of Suburbia is said to be very autobiographical. It is about Karim, a mixed-race teenager, who is desperate to escape suburban South London and to have new experiences in London in the s. He eagerly seizes an unlikely opportunity when a life in the theatre presents itself as a possibility. When there is nothing left for him to do in London, he goes to New York for ten months.
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