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My Ear at His Heart Hardcover – 2 Sep 2004

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; First Edition edition (2 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571224032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571224036
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,384,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. The story of Mr. Kureishi's father life interchanging with his own life story - tells us a lot about how his father's childhood affected not only his father's life but also his own.
Excellent also for those looking for an insight into cross cultural issues and about real life. An easy read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. L. Haggett VINE VOICE on 8 Nov 2005
Format: Paperback
A challenging and often very moving mix of (auto)biography, philosophy and cultural history, which uses the story of Kureishi's own (very interesting) family to reflect a changing world and by implication the ongoing search for identity.
As someone who is not Kureishi's greatest fan ("The Buddha of Suburbia" in particular passed me by), I was surprised at how effective the honest, direct and straightforward style he adopts here was in making this a very absorbing read.
Kureishi is convincing both in his portrayal of the domestic front, with the debilitating effects of sibling rivalry, and on the wider sociopolitical stage, as he contrasts the India/Pakistan his parents knew, with its rigid religious and family structures, ambitions and expectations, with his own experiences growing up in an increasingly liberal Britain and shows how that contrast has helped to shape his own outlook.
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Amazon.com: 1 review
Expected more from it 4 July 2006
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Format: Paperback
I was really looking forward to this book, as I like Mr. Kureishi's writing style. It started off promising, as an engrossing biography-type read, but ended up sounding like a term paper with the subject being 'How I became a writer'. If I was the professor grading it, I would have it given a B-. Kureishi began by examining his father's past, and then talked some about his father's relatives, and then when he felt that he ran out of that kind of material he talked about himself and his own friends. Not a good idea. I wanted to read more of the elder Kureishi's manuscripts, and learn more about him as a writer, albeit an unpublished one. It seemed like the son was critical of the father as a writer and I didn't like that, even if the son is the better, and more successful, writer. I can imagine that it would be difficult to write a book about one's parents, because all of one's judgments and pre-set opinions are already hard-wired in the brain. But if you've set your mind to do it you might as well do it right. And this book, while it isn't "wrong", didn't really go where I was hoping it would.
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