Something to Tell You

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Faber & Faber, 2008 - Guilt - 345 pages
Something to Tell You follows the fortunes of a successful psychoanalyst who, as the book opens, is reflecting on his coming-of-age in 1970s suburbia; on his first love (a relationship that continues to haunt him), and on a brutal act of violence from which he can never escape.The book brilliantly captures that decade's sense of sexual freedom, and the exhilaration of the drug culture - as well as the violent struggle between the forces of labour and capital. The events of those years provide a vivid backdrop to the drama that develops thirty years later as the characters face an encroaching middle age with the traumas of their youth still unresolved. With unfailing deftness of touch, Kureushi has created a memorable cast of recognisable individuals, all of whom wrestle with their own limits as human beings, haunted by the past until they find it within themselves to forgive.

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User Review  - cindywho - LibraryThing

Sometimes I enjoyed the meanderings of Jamal, sometimes I was heartily sick of all the characters - upper middle class Londoners, name dropping and having kinky sex (not that there's anything wrong with kinky sex). Somehow, we all muddled through. Read full review

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User Review  - Ameise1 - LibraryThing

I'm kinda disappointed with this story. Jamal is a British-Pakistani psychoanalyst who elicits his patients the most intimate secrets. He and his friends also stuck in a sort of midlife crisis and ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels (including The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy), story collections (Love in a Blue Time, Midnight All Day, The Body), plays (including Outskirts, Borderline and Sleep With Me), and screenplays (including My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic and Venus). Among his other publications are the collection of essays Dreaming and Scheming, The Word and the Bomb and the memoir My Ear at his Heart.

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