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My Son, the Fanatic Paperback – 30 Sep 1998

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HASH(0xa2971510) out of 5 stars The struggle for acceptance by an immigrant 5 Feb. 2002
By M. A. ZAIDI - Published on
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My Son the fanatic is a short story of an immigrant from Pakistan. The underlying theme of this novel is the struggle of the asian immigrants face in an alien society which refuses to accept them, treat them as equals and the ways in which they deal with the alienation. There is a sharp contrast in the way Pervez and his son Farid deal with the sense of belonging and being a part of society.
With all the compromises and loses Pervez suffers in his migration; he appears to take them as a part of his experience and adventure of life; to him it seems to be worth the price. He mentions how better his life has been in comparison to having stayed back. He refuses to acknowledge the cold behavior of the local British.
His son Farid on the other hand seems to have considerable anger and is not disillusioned by the British cold behavior. He finds the society constraining, limiting and degrading and feels to be a victim in his country. Having been excluded he is tempted to exclude others. He finds comfort with his own people and gets attached towards Islam. Having been brought up in secular Britan , he would turn the to a form of belief that denies him the pleasure of society in which he lived. Having devoted his life to pleasure: the pleasure of sex, music, alcohol and friends; he detracts and spends time in abstinence; for in abstinence he felt strong.
Hanif in his short novel has touched the conflicts a lot of asian families feel having migrated to a foreign country. He has outlined the characters brilliantly and this is most certainly a very entertaining novel to read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97081c48) out of 5 stars WHO IS THE FANATIC? 19 Jan. 2000
By Rene Kistmacher-Erich-Brost-Berufskolleg - Published on
Format: Paperback
My oppinion is that this story shows the real life of many Father-Son-Relationships. In this story are shown many different Problems. For Example: Father-Son-Conflict,Problems for immigrants or living with an other culture. The story is written very good and I think many people can identify with this story. In Germany I think there are not so many people who know this Problems. This story can informate people about the problems which many other people have.
HASH(0x9749f03c) out of 5 stars A FATHER-SON CONFLICT 19 Jan. 2000
By Danielle und Kerstin - Erich-Brost-Berufskolleg - Published on
Format: Paperback
We think that the story wants to show the problems between father and son, because of different attitudes and religion. Although it shows the problems of immigrants. At the beginning, the is boring but later it gets interesting. We think that the story is truthful and comprehensible, but we're not interested in this story.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2971948) out of 5 stars a conflict between father and son 19 Jan. 2000
By Caren Dasser - Published on
Format: Paperback
I think, the story sounds very realistic. This make it interestant for the readers. The conflict between father and son, which is spoken about in the story, is not only a conflict because of religion it is although because of problems of teenager's growing up. In my opinion, reading this book could help parents and children to understand each other.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2971af8) out of 5 stars The conflict between father and son 19 Jan. 2000
By Stefan Schumann - Published on
Format: Paperback
I think that the story is a mixture of a lot of ideas and feelings and very difficult to explain or to interpret.The relationships between the characters are intricate.The conflict between father and son only exist, because none of them is able to talk about their ideas. Parvez, the father uses his son to brag and doesn't want to accept the right situation. The son, Ali, is religious and doesn't want to accept the life-style of his father.He wants to live like his ancestors in Pakistan, but when Parvez wants to talk, Ali isn't interested. Although they have a different behaviour, I think that their heart is the same.
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