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Londonstani (Paperback)

Author:  Gautam Malkani
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0143112287
ISBN-13: 9780143112280
Sku: 204583255
Publish Date: 9/1/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  342
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Malkanis extraordinary debut novel portrays the lives of young Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu men in the ethnically challenged enclave of one of the biggest cities in the West--London.
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A talented new writer whose portrayal of the serious business of assimilation and young masculinity is disturbing and hilarious || Hailed as one of the most surprising British novels in recent years, Gautam MalkaniÂ's electrifying debut reveals young South Asians struggling to distinguish themselves from their parentsÂ' generation in the vast urban sprawl that is contemporary London. Chronicling the lives of a gang of four young middle-class menÂ?Hardjit, the violent enforcer; Ravi, the follower; Amit, whoÂ's struggling to come to terms with his motherÂ's hypocrisy; and Jas, desperate to win the approval of the others despite lusting after Samira, a Muslim girlÂ?Londonstani, funny, disturbing, and written in the exuberant language of its protagonists, is about tribalism, aggressive masculinity, integration, alienation, bling-bling economics, and Â?complicated family-related shit.Â?
In the streets beneath the roaring engines of Heathrow's airplanes, in the cultural mish-mash of London's Southeast Asian subculture, four former straight-A students are determined to live the brash lifestyle of "rudeboys." Gauta Malkani's electrifying debut follows Jas, an admitted wannabe, as he cruises around with his three best friends, finds himself caught up in a stolen cell phone racket, and falls in love with a Muslim girl. The quartet are a fascinating, hilarious, and slightly dangerous mix of Bollywood, hip-hop, and traditional cultures, and Malkani milks it all for maximum effect, immersing the reader in a deluge of slang and attitude. Part CLOCKWORK ORANGE and part Ali G, this book marks the appearance of an utterly fresh new literary voice.


"Malkani is out to capture a subculture that not only has its own language--an expletive-rich argot informed by Bollywood, gangsta rap and global brands--but also punctuation that comes with a kick, a right foot in the face being an exclamation mark, a left foot more of a semicolon....Londonstani is a bold debut, brimming with energy and authenticity." - Hephzibah Anderson 04/30/2006

"The author's tenderness for his characters redeem them into likeability; his care for detail makes his depiction of the Hounslow rude-boy scene both hilarious and convincing." - Sophie Harrison 07/23/2006

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0342
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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