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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 31 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Gabriel's Gift (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a Kureshi book which does not deal with racial displacement. All the main characters are dealing with a type of displacement. the older characters all want to be in 'the Buddha of suburbia' to travel back in time to a place and time which they understand. I think that the fact that Kureshi uses his beloved characters from his older books, but does not really give them a voice shows how even they are displaced and almost unimportant in the present of his novel. His main protagonist is a young boy, who only belongs to the present, he is influenced by the older characters, but he is an observer and he uses his experiences not to draw away from his roots and family, but to re-unite them, Kureshi seems to be championing the family, rather than the society about which he is writing. I loved this book, it is Kureshi at his best, his humour and love for the 70's come out as it did in 'Buddha', the people who are linked with the past are wrapped up in cotton, their drug using fondly accounted, in comparison of his account of the 90's drug world which Gabriel is drawn into and ultimately saved from by his 70's loving father. Another great book from Kureshi for those of us who have been mislaid.
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