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The Buddha of Suburbia | Study Guide

Hanif Kureishi

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Overview

Author

Hanif Kureishi

Year Published

1990

Type

Novel

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The Buddha of Suburbia is narrated in the first person by Karim Amir, whose perspective may not be entirely reliable.

Tense

The Buddha of Suburbia is told in the past tense.

About the Title

Narrator Karim Amir calls his father, Haroon Amir, God and Buddha in recognition of the new position his father has assumed among bohemian Londoners searching for enlightenment. To be a buddha of a dull suburb—in Haroon's case, a "Muslim turned Buddhist"—is not, according to Karim, much of a distinction. However, the exalted titles are made from equal parts irony and adoration. They represent Karim's ambivalence as he studies his father's behavior and searches for an adult identity.

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