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Wherever I might be, if I were huddled up with a whispering woman who wanted me, I could keep the world outside my skin. In fact, all it may do is make us embarrassed, or conscious that we are watching a choreographed sexual act. Well, I like the sound of it.

But also krueishi knows? He is 53, poker-faced with thick, greying hair. And then a few pages on, he contemplates waking his wife to talk. At parties I would lie on the floor and declaim it.

And silence, like darkness, can be kind; it, too, is a language. If you get depressed you can be stuck for months; if you have an analyst you at least have a chance of getting out of it faster. The first person narrator is as cynical as they get but the scary thing untimacy that some of what he says will ring true for most.

You walk up the street and you go, maybe I should turn left, maybe I should turn right, maybe I shouldn’t, maybe I should go homeā€¦ You can’t make any decisions; all your energy is in your depression; you have no desire. Tonight, don’t worry, I will set the record crooked. Intimady to Book Page. Also, he said he liked mystories, particularly Nightlight, collected in Love in a Blue Time. They’ll have numerous relationships and numerous separations, and these separations will be painful and awful.


He is, I suppose, 10 years older than me.

View all 7 comments. The noise presses into my head. So you make that decision; but organising the material takes time to do.

I inform him that the nanny, as nannies do, has lost the will to live and that it is difficult to get a baby-sitter first thing in the morning. I envied his enthusiasm as he talked of the life that marriage, for the moment, was keeping him from. It is a cruel story, as most children’s stories are, and it involves a woodcutter, as most children’s stories do.

Very interesting because of it’s cut throat style of honesty, although it was a little uncomfortable to read at times, I admire Kureishi for the brutal honesty and vitality he gives to the characters. She is removing the shopping bags from the basket. It won’t necessarily increase our understanding. The women seemed to expect it would be required. And it all has Rarely has a book had such a strong impact on me with just one line.

Despite ourselves, we know what we like, and our errors and distracted excursions are illuminations. There was waiting, but there was possibility.

If only she knew how I stammer within. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Me, I liked it! Kureishi described it as his ‘declaration of war on the British establishment’.


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She is busily kissing the children. Sombre it may be, but it doesn’t have to be a tragedy.

We had to perpetuate this line that his books were always better than mine, that I basically wrote about rubbish, sex and drugs and parties and stuff, and Dad wrote about the deep things. Interview by Mick Brown.

Hanif Kureishi: A life laid bare

Something irrevocable will have been done, and I am fearful and uncertain. Susan doesn’t touch me but presents her cheek a few inches from my lips, so that to kiss her I must lean forward, thus humiliating both of us. Yet Jay, “lost in the middle of [his] life,” craves and depends on passion in life, and it is no longer there. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Perhaps this is because of the way sexuality is usually portrayed on film. The camera moves quickly; the cutting is fast and the music loud, not only for effect but to show us the force, speed and impersonality of London today. Kureishi wrote his first novel, called Run Hard Black Man, at the precociously young age of 14 and submitted it to the publisher Anthony Blond, where it was read by the editor Jeremy Trafford.

The small details really do make this story.