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The Buddha of Suburbia

Durée : 10 h et 58 min
Catégories : LGBT, Littérature et fiction
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The hero of Hanif Kureishi's debut novel is a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving, albeit with some rude and raucous results.
©1990 Hanif Kureishi (P)2003 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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"An astonishing book, full of intelligence and elan." (Publishers Weekly)

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The quality of the sound is a disgrace.

The quality of the sound is a disgrace in this day and age. It ruins the listening.

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  • Alexander
  • 21/03/2009

A bit disappointing

I had read the Book and I had seen the BBC Miniseries amd I liked both very much. The problem with this Audiobook is the Reader. To be frank, he sounds as he was about to fall asleep. I have heard many brilliant british Readers. This one, is not one of them.

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  • krzysztof
  • 20/05/2011

Noteworthy

This book is somewhat reminiscent of "White Teeth" by Zadie Smith. Both deal with meeting of immigrant (Indian in Kureishi's novel, Bangladeshi and Jamaican in "White Teeth") and European cultures. This is shown happening across several generations. Immigrants have children and the traditional generation gap that arises is still widened by civilization differences. The children often face identity problem.

The reader is competent. Not too fast not too slow, and doing a good job with accents. The only downside to this production is the quality of sound. Various parts of this audio give the impression of being recorded in different environments of which I was able to distinguish a dungeon and a bathroom.

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  • Clio
  • 09/03/2014

Terrible production quality

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Audio is fuzzy and static-y. More annoying is the constant sound of people talking in the background, very distracting if you're listening on headphones. There are no pauses between chapters, so it feels as though we launch into the next chapter seemingly mid-sentence! Different sections of the audio sound markedly different, so different it seems like a different narrator has taken over. The narration itself is fine but the sloppy production quality made this very, very hard going for me. Do not buy.

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  • Daljeet
  • 14/07/2012

I am unhappy with the audio.

Would you try another book from Hanif Kureishi and/or Christopher Simpson?

yes

Has The Buddha of Suburbia turned you off from other books in this genre?

no..

How could the performance have been better?

I love Hanif Kureishi's work, but the audible was very bad. There is a nagging background noise of a dripping tap and various other muffled sounds. It just ruined the listening experience for me...

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Audible needs to do a review on the quality before the consumer commits to a purchase.
Its a catch 22, 1st you like the author so you buy the book to listen to his/her work & 2nd since its paid for one is stuck with poor audio quality. I find this unacceptable.

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  • Christiane Stein
  • 02/08/2006

Buddha in London

„The Buddha of Suburbia" features the life of Karim Amir, son of an Indian immigrant and a British mother. In his teens Karim sees the marriage of his parents falling apart and how is father falls in love with another woman, Eva. Eva is the new centre of both their lifes: making the father to a guru to their British suburbian neighbourhood and letting the son live at her house and participate in their lifes.

Soon KarimŽs life changes again when moving with Eva and his dad to London, where a total new world of sex, drugs and music is unfolding in front of him. Never been to India, but often judged by the colour of his skin, Karim is searching for his identity and becomes an actor playing stereotyped Indian roles as Mowgli in the "Junglebook".

Besides Karim, I loved the book for the other fascinating characters. Especially Jamilla and Changez whose marriage is all, but not an example for Indian marriage. Arranged by JamillaŽs father both get marry on the paper, but Jamilla is of strong will and lives practically a life of her own and does not care about her husband. On the other hand, Changez coming from an upper-class Indian family, learns that his life is now ruled by his father-in-law and that his wife is not the least interested in him. So whenever he escapes his father-in-law, he is visiting his Japanese mistress and together they practice all kinds of sexual positions. Being ordered around by his father-in-law culminates in the accidental killing of JamillaŽs dad.

The book is fascinating because it does not serve the usual Bollywood clichés about Indians, but gives you new insights in the problems and everyday life.

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