Londonstani

Londonstani

Book - 2006
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A talented new writer whose portrayal of the serious business of assimilation and young masculinity is disturbing and hilarious
Hailed as one of the most surprising British novels in recent years, Gautam Malkani's electrifying debut reveals young South Asians struggling to distinguish themselves from their parents' generation in the vast urban sprawl that is contemporary London. Chronicling the lives of a gang of four young middle-class men-Hardjit, the violent enforcer; Ravi, the follower; Amit, who's struggling to come to terms with his mother's hypocrisy; and Jas, desperate to win the approval of the others despite lusting after Samira, a Muslim girl-"Londonstani," funny, disturbing, and written in the exuberant language of its protagonists, is about tribalism, aggressive masculinity, integration, alienation, bling-bling economics, and "complicated family-related shit."
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2006
Edition: 1st Canadian ed. --
ISBN: 9780002008150
0002008157
Branch Call Number: FIC Malka
Characteristics: 342 p

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Mar 08, 2012

I would never have finished this book had it not been a book club book. The first 100+ pages set the scene - where was the editor? The slang used by the 'rudeboys' makes it a very slow read, as it is not familiar spelling and dialogue. Yes, the story does pick-up about half way through but it feels so disjointed it is not worth sticking to it. The story lines are unbelievable. I do not recommend this book.

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mids
Jul 29, 2008

Heard the author interviewed on the radio and was intrigued by the unusual slang used by the characters. Be sure to read all the way to the end....

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