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The Buddha of Suburbia Summary
Hanif Kureishi

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The Buddha of Suburbia Summary

Plot Summary

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi is a satirical coming of age story set against a background of racial and social tensions in 1970s London. Karim is a half-English and half-Indian teenager struggling to find his place in the world and discover who he is. The Buddha of Suburbia examines human behavior and how the choices we make affect those around us.

Karim's father, Haroon, is a first generation immigrant who has been stuck in a job he hates and an unhappy marriage for too long. He begins a relationship with Eva, a woman with whom he shares a common interest in Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy. Eva encourages Haroon to share his outlook with others. Karim accompanies his father to the early meetings arranged by Eva, mostly because he has a crush on Eva's son, Charlie.

Karim searches for fulfillment and experiments sexually with anyone who is...

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