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Jamal is a successful psychoanalyst haunted by his first love and a brutal act of violence from which he can never escape. His coming of age in the 1970s forms a vivid backdrop to the drama that develops 30 years later, as he and his friends face an encroaching middle age with the traumas of their youth still unresolved.
©2008 Hanif Kureishi (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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  • Claudia Gallegos
  • 01-12-2009

Beautiful characters into an interesting story

Something to tell you transports you into Jamal;s world, his love for his son, the puzzle of his souls and the souls of his friends.
You walk with him through London at the rythm of the moods, times and his other characters.
Kureishi's story is an accomplished story of the modern city.
The reader is great.

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  • Andrew
  • 16-01-2010

Kureishi is something special

I love this book! You have to be a bit of a lefty, interested in pop and alternative culture and perhaps understand the effects of a mid-life crisis. But if you liked My Beautiful Laundrette and Buddha of Suburbia in the 1980s, then I think you'll enjoy this.

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  • Pamela Harvey
  • 08-09-2009

A Truly Terrible Tome

Whatever promise this story line offers is rescinded by the writing and the narrator. I could barely get through this book - hey audible.com, this is the most recent in a series of duds from your shelves!

Who even cares about these people? There was no-one even remotely likable save the upper-class accent of the Anglo-Indian protagonist who is paired with a sister with an an ear-assaulting lower class cockney. How does that happen? I can only attribute it to the narrator's wish to "be creative" at the expense of realism. I had to fast-forward away from these scenes as they were intolerably delivered with both anger and volume turned up full throttle. And I'm glad this guy with all his flirty fetishes and very poor impulse control is not my therapist! His life is a circus of damaged souls and caricatured waifs even though many of them are rock stars.

There is an abundance of chatty triviality with little continuity and the threads from the main character's past are discarded into the ether just when you thought there was a story. I finally had to give up as the listen was causing me more anxiety than if I had never started the book - very shallow and high-strung. A bad combination. I don't judge a book about failed lives even though the characters are outwardly successful. But this one's about shallow failed lives
and lacks insight.

Audible, when are you going to get any decent books? This was a new low, the worst I have read from audible in a long, long time.

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