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"Gautam Malkani's extraordinary comic novel portrays the lives of young Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu men in the ethnically charged enclave of one of the biggest western cities, London. A world usually-but wrongly-portrayed as the breeding ground for Islamic militants is, in actuality, a world of money (sometimes), flash cars (usually), cell phones (all the time), rap music and MTV, as well as rivalries and feuds, and the small-time crooks who exploit them. In Malkani's hilarious depiction of multiculturalism, race is no more than a proxy for masculinity, or lack of masculinity, among young men struggling to get by in a remorseless city. Just as Martin Amis and Irving Welsh captured the mood and the ethos of the eighties and nighties, twenty-nine-year-old Gautam Malkani brilliantly evokes the life of immigrants who are not immigrants in Londonstani, bringing an entirely fresh perspective to contemporary fiction as he does so."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAL
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm


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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.

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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