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Londonstani

A Novel

by Gautam Malkani

Londonstani by Gautam Malkani
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2006
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Jas is in trouble. Because of who he is - an eighteen-year-old Asian living in London. Because of the gang he hangs out with. And because of the woman he fancies, Samira, who Jas shouldn't have taken a shine to because she is, as his pals point out, not one of his own. He's in trouble because his education, never mind his career, is going nowhere ... He's out of touch, an anachronism posing as young man who's up-to-date, living free-style, making things up as he goes along in suburbs of West London.

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"a conventional coming-of-age story..a promising debut, though it lacks Monica Ali's wisdom or Irvine Welsh's grit.." - Kirkus
"Some of the identity issues are confusing, but the surprising climax makes you go back for a gripping second read." - Booklist
"Jas's strained, graffiti-like teen talk is wearying ... and never rises to the kind of Burroughsian lyricism one is hoping for." - PW

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