3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A great short read,
This review is from: Gabriel's Gift (Paperback)
Gabriel's Gift is not a masterpiece in the vein of Kureishi's acclaimed Buddha of Suburbia but is similar in that it is a multi-layered observation of an adolescent struggling to come to terms with the hand that life has dealt him.
Gabriel's character is beautifully described and Kureishi evokes real empathy towards him from the reader using his usual brands of black humour and tragi-comedy. His dysfunctional parents are similarly three dimensional and almost Beckettian in their comical pathos.
The 'gift' itself is for the reader to interpret. Is it the picture given to him by a fading rock star, his own talent or the outcome of the story falling in line with his deepest wishes - and those of the reader?
A short, easy, modern read - perfect for tube or train journeys or those with a short attention span who still want to nourish their mind!