Intimidad

Intimidad❰Reading❯ ➶ Intimidad Author Hanif Kureishi – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Jay es un escritor y guionista cinematogr fico de cuarenta y pocos a os Tiene todo lo que se puede desear a su edad una carrera exitosa, ha sido nominado al Oscar por uno de sus guiones, una mujer amb Jay es un escritor y guionista cinematogr fico de cuarenta y pocos a os Tiene todo lo que se puede desear a su edad una carrera exitosa, ha sido nominado al Oscar por uno de sus guiones, una mujer ambiciosa e inteligente que trabaja en la industria editorial, dos hijos peque os a los que quiere, una hermosa casa donde cada d a, mientras Susan marcha a su trabajo, l se queda a escribir Pero despu s de seis a os de vida en com n, Jay ha decidido que aquello se acaba Hoy es la ltima noche de una etapa ya concluida de su vida Hace tiempo que viene pens ndolo, y ma ana se marchar de casa para siempre, aunque Susan todav a no lo sabe Cuando ella se vaya al trabajo, Jay pondr unas pocas cosas en una maleta y sin que nadie lo vea se ir a vivir temporalmente a casa de Victor, un amigo de su misma edad que ya lleva alg n tiempo divorciado Es una decisi n que le pone entre la espada y la pared abandonar a sus hijos le resulta insoportable, pero quedarse significa resignarse a la infelicidad cotidiana, a una rutinaria vida de la que pasi n y placer parecen haberse ausentado definitivamente Por qu un hombre deja de amar a una mujer En una novela desesperadamente honesta, Kureishi cuenta la historia de una separaci n Poco a poco, en una verdadera escalada de sinceridad y lucidez, van surgiendo los detalles s rdidos, los pensamientos asesinos, los hechos y los gestos que habitualmente preferimos silenciar, la Intimidad desnuda de una pareja Cr nica del fin del amor y el comienzo del odio, la novela de Kureishi es una consistente, inteligente reflexi n sobre los desencantos de la madurez, las casi insalvables dificultades de la vida en pareja, las mezquindades, las negociaciones, las claudicaciones que nos impone la vida Pero tambi n, como en otras obras del autor, es un vigoroso, certero retrato de una generaci n, la que ahora est en el poder, sus costumbres, sus ideas sobre el amor y la familia, su pol tica y su tica cotidianas. If I was ever God forbid asked to teach a course on the ethics of fiction, this slim novel would surely be on the assigned reading list Intimacy unfolds over the course of 24 hours as its protagonist, a middle aged screenwriter named Jay, prepares to leave Susan, the mother of his two young sons Not that he has told her he s going he intends simply to pack his bag and slip out the door in the morning after she goes to work This is a case of art imitating life if there ever was one Like his If I was ever God forbid asked to teach a course on the ethics of fiction, this slim novel would surely be on the assigned reading list Intimacy unfolds over the course of 24 hours as its protagonist, a middle aged screenwriter named Jay, prepares to leave Susan, the mother of his two young sons Not that he has told her he s going he intends simply to pack his bag and slip out the door in the morning after she goes to work This is a case of art imitating life if there ever was one Like his protagonist Jay, Kureishi himself is in his forties like Jay, Kureishi has been nominated for an Academy Award, and has a weakness for psychopharmacology And like Jay, shortly before the publication of this novel Kureishi left his wife and two sons.The release of Intimacy saw a brief flurry of reviews which lambasted the book as thinly veiled self confession Among the most vocal critics of the novel were Kureishi s sister and ex wife both of whom condemned the author for, essentially, airing private dirty laundry on the international stage Subsequently, the furor over Kureishi s novel subsided somewhat the majority of reviewers have been reluctant to make grand pronouncements about what a novelist should, and shouldn t, be empowered to write about This is an understandable impulse nobody wants to be viewed as guilty of censorship or small mindedness indeed, being unshockable and accepting when it comes to art is generally accepted as synonymous with sophistication But let s consider this outlook for a moment Sure, it s easy to say that in principle that a great work of art could emerge from the examination of any given subject But granted that it s not possible to take the stance, a la Jesse Helms, that certain topics should be artistically off limits a priori, what about applying ethical standards to specific cases It is unreasonable to believe that, like doctors or politicians, artists can be guilty of unethical behavior in the practice of their chosen profession And, if so, what might that mean Rather than leaping headlong into these thorny questions, it s instructive to start by looking at some of the things that are wrong with Kureishi s novel To begin with, for a novel ostensibly about well, intimacy, and interpersonal relationships virtually all the characters in Intimacy are shallow to the point of being ciphers Susan, Jay s wife, appears only in terms of Jay s dislike for her fat, red weeping face and his sour quips along the lines of she thinks she s a feminist but she s just bad tempered As for Jay s sons, although our protagonist is ostensibly tormented over the hurt he may cause them by disappearing without a word of warning what, you think they receive, if anything, an evencursory treatment than his wife, cropping up mainly as background scenery and noise for Jay s self pitying observations.And, make no mistake, Jay is a champion of self pity I have lost my relish for living, he announces I am apathetic and most of the time want nothing, except to understand why there hasn t beenhappiness here He is a navel gazing, self indulgent child at heart the few insights which occur to him are depressingly generic exercises in justification which shed no light on the situation at hand For example, he points out that Desire is naughty and doesn t conform to our ideals Desire is the original anarchist and undercover agent Yeah, sure, and So where do all of Jay s lucubrations get him Predictably, the answer is not very far As scheduled, he leaves his wife and sons to be with Nina, a club girl who combines here s a twist elements of mother and whore in one fuzzily drawn, idealized package As our hero traipses off into the bliss of Nina s embrace, still unenlightened and tearful it s not easy, being the father who leaves his children one gets the distinct sense that nothing has changed and that the sordid little drama we have just witnessed is, or will be, only one in a series of similar dismal incidents.All told, if Intimacy has a message it seems to be this that sometimes people do stupid, confused, hurtful things The question then arises what does all of this mean in terms of the ethics of fiction If one believes that novels are nothingthan entertainment, then Intimacy is nothingthan a case of bad writing But any serious author must realize that stories arethan just diverting sentences on paper In a literal sense, the stories we tell ourselves form the basis for our understanding of our selves and of the world And as such, they have lasting significance as epistemological acts This subject quickly moves beyond book review territory, and I ll leave it to the judgment of Kureishi s readers as to whether this book offers any meaningful insights about the human condition But apart from such lofty standards, let me throw out an off the cuff suggestion about the minimal ethical responsibilities of a novelist, taken from the Hippocratic Oath first, do no harm.It is on this count that, most plainly, Intimacy seems to me like a basically irresponsible piece of writing Whether or not Kureishi intended this book to be taken as autobiography which seems difficult to deny , the fact is that his family and the public at large will read it as such Kureishi is an internationally recognized author who has used his pulpit to smear his ex wife and publicize what appears to be the private tragedies of his family I would argue that writer with a modicum of decency would have attempted to minimally disguise the real circumstances about which he is writing What would it have cost Kureishi to depict Jay as, let s say, an academic rather than a fiction writer Or to give him a daughter rather than two sons This minimal kindness would have given Kureishi s ex wife and sons at least a chance to avoid being preemptively framed as the characters in this novel.Regardless of the theoretical standards which we apply to art, it seems little enough to ask of an author that they refrain from defaming the people who are close to them, and Intimacy fails even this modest benchmark Mr Kureishi, you should be ashamed of yourself i absolutely love this book i get why everyone is frustrated with Jay as a character, he does have a hard to like personality i struggled trying to understand things from his perspective at times, but realising that he is a human after all i could somewhat understand the reason behind some of the decisions he made even if i didn t share his opinions on another note i loved the writing style and the brutally honest ways Kureishi chose to convey his messages and criticize the institution of mar i absolutely love this book i get why everyone is frustrated with Jay as a character, he does have a hard to like personality i struggled trying to understand things from his perspective at times, but realising that he is a human after all i could somewhat understand the reason behind some of the decisions he made even if i didn t share his opinions on another note i loved the writing style and the brutally honest ways Kureishi chose to convey his messages and criticize the institution of marriage and love To me whether Jay is a good person or not, a likeable relatable character or not is irrelevant because Kureishi succeeded in portraying a human being flawed as he may be in his novel and that was enough for me to appreciate him as an author and adore his art A Joke Followed by an IntimacyAfter reading Milan Kundera sThe Joke , I returned it to the shelf, and looked for something short to read next Happily, I found it next to my Kunderas I thoughtIntimacymight continue some of the themes about relationships that had interested me inThe Joke.After finishing it, I discovered a 2001 interview with Kureishi in the Guardian in which he revealed that he had been readingThe Jokethat very morning.In some ways, Kureishi was to the 90 s what Kun A Joke Followed by an IntimacyAfter reading Milan Kundera sThe Joke , I returned it to the shelf, and looked for something short to read next Happily, I found it next to my Kunderas I thoughtIntimacymight continue some of the themes about relationships that had interested me inThe Joke.After finishing it, I discovered a 2001 interview with Kureishi in the Guardian in which he revealed that he had been readingThe Jokethat very morning.In some ways, Kureishi was to the 90 s what Kundera was to the 80 s He seemed to define the Zeitgeist At least if you were male He had a David Bowie like rock star persona He could get away with almost anything All Couples Have Troubles I readIntimacyin the space of a day, well less actually,like the time it took the Australian cricket team to knock out their first innings in the Ashes test in Nottingham It s a novella rather than a novel My copy was 150 pages long, but broadly spaced No sooner had I started it than it was over.At one level, it s an indulgent rant It s written in the first person The narrator Jay is a narcissistic Oscar nominated scriptwriter, who s about to leave his family the next day Inevitably, it s difficult to dissociate Jay from the author If it s difficult now, it was certainly a lot harder when the book was first published It was clear to all that the novel was based on Kureishi s relationship and break up with his partner and mother of their two children, Tracey Scoffield Some People Read Books Endlessly So what can you say almost 20 years later Kureishi writes with amazing precision about relationships from a male s perspective You could be quite charmed listening to Jay, thinking he had a special sensitivity However, after a while, you realise that his precision is almost surgical, and that he wields a scalpel capable of making a neat, clean cut in human flesh.Jay studied Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Marx, Freud, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco, Beckett andother poets of solitude and dread. His interests bridge philosophy and psychology However, all this study fuels his belief that he knows people and relationships better than anyone else Well, he knows what s good for him And this is what he imposes on those around him Not Every Match Burns Bright Beneath the hipster facade is a viciousness, not unrelated to his taste in musicA lot of punk It was the hatred, I think, that appealed Contrast this with his partnerSusan, who is four years younger than me, thinks we live in a selfish age She talks of a Thatcherism of the soul that imagines that people are not dependent on one anotherFulfilment, self expression and creativity are the only values In other words, creativity had given some people a way out of conformist, pre 60 s nine to fiveism, but it retained the egotism of the previousmaterial,analogue, less digital version of capitalism Some Couples Live in Harmony, Some Do Not Jay also takes a pot shot at women s politicsShe is of a disapproving generation of women She thinks she s a feminist but she s just bad tempered It s as if Jay isn t a spoiled prat, he s just a very naughty boySusan would say that we require other social forms What are they Probably the unpleasant ones duty, sacrifice, obligation to others, self discipline These are Susan s words Perhaps, some of us will recoil from what they imply But, really, aren t they the sort of thing you say when you start to think in terms of needs other than just your own the needs of a couple, the needs of a family, the needs of a peer group, the needs of a community, the needs of a social and political movement From the perspective of the Left, Jay confesses,We were the kind of people who held the Labour Party back It s as if Jay s kind of egocentricity tends to subvert any collective, whether of two or two billion You My Dear Don t Have Any Manners Jay loves their two boys, aged five and three, he says he ll be sad to leave them really , but they re not enough to commit him to any sort of family unit, not enough to make an effort He can t will himself into the relationshipYou cannot will love, but only ask why you have put it aside for the time being He pretends that he can turn off his love for his children, and that they will be there for him when he s ready to revive a relationship with them, when they aremature and can understand his needs.He says something that many of us who have been in a relationship that didn t last can understandI didn t want to love Susan, but for some reason didn t want the clarity of that fact to devastate us both Yet, you have to wonder whether the failed lover inside the author does want the public, written record of this fact to devastateIt is a lovely day for leavingHow could it not devastate somebody Still, It s Sad to See Everything in Tatters This is the true significance of the novel, as a work of fiction, but also as an implied comment on an actual relationship The book might be named after intimacy, but it doesn t sing its praises Instead, it reveals intimate details in order to expose and compromise them, in order to snuff out whatever flaming beauty was ever there It s about the longing for intimacy and love, and how angry we can be when they re snuffed out, lost, rejected, left Intimacy and love can simply dissipate before our very eyes With no effort at all Which is often the cause.I couldn t believe some of the things Jay said, they were so clinically brutal You could see them coming, and you d wonder whether he d restrain himself, but in the end I was glad that they weren t left unsaid We wouldn t know the truth, otherwise.The thing is, Kureishi does it accurately enough to condemn the 1990 s era male who hasn t changed that much out of his own mouth For all the aspersions he casts on Susan, it s her words that have best stood the test of time She anticipated an era when, after the indulgences of the three decades that followed the 60 s, we eventually had to grow up They are, of course, words that Kureishi wrote, or at least selected and recorded from his real life experience If it was the latter, then at least he had enough acumen to know what words expressed Susan s truth And therefore ours.SOUNDTRACK Marianne Faithfull Why d Ya Do It Reed Tatters Reed Tatters Live at Montreux on July 12, 2000 The first and most alarming thing you find out about marriage, pretty much within days of your wedding, is that it is fraught with uncertainty At first I thought this was just me, but then I began talking to other people and I realized that pretty much everyone experiences crippling doubt at one point or another about whether getting married was the right decision There was too much of me, I know that We want love but we don t want to lose ourselves.Marriage is tough, that I knew But that yo The first and most alarming thing you find out about marriage, pretty much within days of your wedding, is that it is fraught with uncertainty At first I thought this was just me, but then I began talking to other people and I realized that pretty much everyone experiences crippling doubt at one point or another about whether getting married was the right decision There was too much of me, I know that We want love but we don t want to lose ourselves.Marriage is tough, that I knew But that you could question yourself so viciously, or feel your emotions fluctuate so wildly out of control was an experience I hadn t been adequately prepared for You can try to explain what being so intricately bound to another person feels like, but words aren t enough for living through the experience, and sometimes I felt adrift, faithless and unable to figure out what could make things right Of course things always got back on track And then we would crash and right ourselves again, over and over again until I finally got the hang of it But it s a process, and like all things which change you, it always lurked on the edge of complete and total destruction That s why this book is so hard to take Not because it s complex and hard hitting, but because it focuses solely on the really, really ugly portions of a relationship Of course, any relationship where you spend extended time with each other will eventually reveal its underbelly, full of horribleness and spite, but with love you cover it up and bandage it and learn to move on This book, unfortunately, focuses only on the crueler aspects of marriage, on the night on which our protagonist, a middle aged man named Jay, decides to leave his wife and two sons behindThe house is full of poison Susan wants me to be kind I can t be kind We can do nothing for one another It is a fact I have decided to leave I think the truth is that reading this book made me miserable, and made my husband exasperated Why are you reading it if it s getting you down he kept asking, but I was determined to struggle through, because leaving books half read feels like some sort of personal failure I know I should learn to get over In the end, what helped was the fact that the book itself was so abominable Absolutely no plot, completely pointless characters, and I didn t care much for the conversations either And of course, a ridiculously whiny, ultimately unlikable protagonist This, then, could be our last evening as an innocent, complete, ideal family my last night with a woman I have known for ten years, a woman I know almost everything about, and want noof.What ultimately led to this book s downfall for me was the fact that our narrator was, frankly, not a very good person And not a bad person in any interesting terms like the female lead in Gone Girl or in Gone with the Wind or any other famous, compelling novel I can name with unlikeable main characters , but rather just bland, petty and mean and not really worth pages and pages of rumination It is unhappiness and the wound that compels me Then I can understand and be of use An atmosphere of generalized depression and mid temperature gloom makes me feel at home.Since the book tracks the events of a single night, interspersed with Jay s thoughts about his past and fears for the present, we are forced to spend way too much time in close proximity with him This is unfortunate because not only is Jay a pointless person, he also has a weird, unhealthy relationship with sex I had the exact same problem with Kureishi s hero in Something to tell you, which also incidentally featured a middle aged man hitting a midlife crisis In this book, Jay s constant and lecherous examination of the topic, the objectification of women s bodies, and the days spent lunching at spots where our hero knowsfashionable young women in close fitting itemswill be present all serve to create an uncomfortable desire to distance yourself from this character From the beginning, starting with the girls at school, and the teachers in particular, I have looked at women in shops, on the street, in the bus, at parties, and wondered what it would be like to be with them, and what pleasure we might kindle.There were some points in the novel, admittedly, where I almost thought it would redeem itself and shine some much needed light on the complexities of marriage, but Kureishi ruins the perfect set up by never managing to really colour the relationship as that between two people Instead, what you do have is a very one sided, close minded portrait of the marriage from the point of view of a bitter, bored old man For some, such a fictional world might make for interesting reading, but if an author chooses to write solely from the perspective of a horrible character without managing to make me care about them, then for me the narrative is a complete failure I have been trying to convince myself that leaving someone isn t the worst thing you can do to them Sombre it may be, but it doesn t have to be a tragedy If you never left anything or anyone there would be no room for the new.The story does the same thing with its smart writing, falling over from the just perfect to the overly decorative At the beginning, Kureishi s words feel incisive and controlled, an experienced author holding forth on life s uncertainties and the pitfalls of growing older Pretty soon though, it becomes less Pulitzer prize worthy, andHallmark quotes I compared the first book I read by Kureishi to the atrocity that was Home Boy by Naqvi, my standard for all crappy Pakistani writing that s well known This book maintains the status quo, by staying exactly as bad as the first book It is easy to kill oneself off without dying Unfortunately, to get to the future one has to live through the present.Just like Home Boy, I continued to not care for our main character pretty much from the beginning to the end Even spending pages and pages of reflection with him didn t endear me to his frustrations Maybe if, instead of talking about his love affair or his drug taking or his boredom, he had focused a biton his past with Susan, tried to figure out where they had fallen apart, there might have been something worth salvaging As it is, he spends barely one sentence trying to figure out whether he might actually be to blame for their miserable existence, and then promptly forgets all about his momentary self flagellation Have I tried hard enough Why should I imagine that I am easy to get along with Perhaps, all this time, she has been making a heroic effort to get along with a morose, over sensitive, self absorbed fool.In any divorce, it is obvious that both the parties involved must have their own grievances, and their own versions of events Each wife and husband about to be separated must believe that they are in the right, and that the other person is not only horrible enough to be blamed for the ensuing heartbreak, but also horrible enough to consider leaving Still, the kind of complexity I expected from a story that focuses so solely on a marriage falling apart never manages to describe Susan, the left behind wife, as a complete person Instead, what we are left with are Jay s bitter thoughts and creepy behaviour and adultery and misogyny and pretty much all around unpleasantness It is the men who must go They are blamed for it, as I will be.As a rule, a man who complains about being blamed for ending a relationship, when he is in fact the one walking away, is a man not worth spending any time or brain cells upon And the final nail in the coffin came upon the realization that the author, father of two boys and divorced from a wife with the exact same job as the fictional wife s, might have written this bookto air dirty laundry and less as a sort of satisfying escapism for the reader He could have made his protagonist father to a little girl, if he so desperately wanted to treat divorce as a separation from his children He could have made an ambitious wife with literally any other job, but sticking so closely to his own life story feels disrespectful at best and a gross invasion of his family s privacy at the worst All in all, it was not a pleasant reading experience, and I have no wish to ever repeat it again One extra star for the accidental smart observation, but mostly I d say Hanif Kureishi hasn t managed to write anything yet that I d consider worth reading Not recommended ORIGINAL REVIEW Ugh, I have such a complicated relationship with this title How the hell am I going to review it I review Pakistani Fiction, and talk about Pakistani fiction, and want to talk to people who like to talk about fiction Pakistani and otherwise, take your pick To readreviews or just contact me so you can talk about books, check out my Blog or follow me on Twitter My brain holds a big disparity On the one hand, I loved the writing style and thought a lot of the ideas displayed were very intriguing and raw on the other hand, there are some very controversial and unethical thoughts in here It became difficult to separate the author and the narrator Still very happy I ve read this.3,5 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Upon reading this, I felt that it was quite obvious that the author wrote this book with intimate knowledge of failed relationships and break ups The small details really do make this story The disagreements of how to make tea, for example which leads both the characters feeling like they want to kill each other The wife s badgering, the narrator s air of weariness, the disconnectedness of it all like they re only JUST missing the target, that if they tried that little bit harder, maybe t Upon reading this, I felt that it was quite obvious that the author wrote this book with intimate knowledge of failed relationships and break ups The small details really do make this story The disagreements of how to make tea, for example which leads both the characters feeling like they want to kill each other The wife s badgering, the narrator s air of weariness, the disconnectedness of it all like they re only JUST missing the target, that if they tried that little bit harder, maybe they could get back on track It really does hit a sore spot for anyone who has been in this position before I enjoyed following his train of thought, how he convinced himself that he will pack and leave, done And then a few pages on, he contemplates waking his wife to talk He wants her to say I love you, please stay But also feels knows that he doesn t want to try He is indecisive, completely real and human I feel like I am inside somebody s head and being dragged along on the emotional journey To throw a couple of children into the mix was just agonising and as a parent I was sucked right into the confusion and pain I think the only thing I struggled with was the lack of sorrow he had at leaving his children Of course, he was bothered, it was one of the main themes of the book but his world didn t seem rocked by it I would have been a neurotic mess, rocking myself backwards and forwards in a dark corner somewhere And then I probably wouldn t have left in the end I certainly wouldn t have been deliberating on which objects to take with me when I left, which suits and shoes would suit my new life, which books should I leave for my sons to enjoy although the nonchalance could have definitely been a coping mechanism.I ve read a few people s opinions on the book, on various websites and find that a lot of people hate the book, because of the narrator But that is why I love it, he s a shitty person, he doesn t know what he wants, he s putting himself first, abandoning his family, chasing after some elusive ideal of love It s not pretty It s gritty, he s imperfect and I like being able to see a glimpse into his life and then be able to put the book down and appreciate my own.I think the thing is, relationships do fail And this really is a prime example of how it can happen lazily, cowardly and bleakly After reading loads of reviews, what amazes me is that apparently not all women take this self indulgent crap as a personal affront Yes, Kureishi is a gifted writer Okay, his take on the excruciating ruminations of a husband plotting to leave his family is 100% believable But I can t get past my desire to castrate the narcissistic bastard It must have been fun to write a bit like writing from the perspective of a mafia hit man without any compulsion to tie together the the disparate aspect After reading loads of reviews, what amazes me is that apparently not all women take this self indulgent crap as a personal affront Yes, Kureishi is a gifted writer Okay, his take on the excruciating ruminations of a husband plotting to leave his family is 100% believable But I can t get past my desire to castrate the narcissistic bastard It must have been fun to write a bit like writing from the perspective of a mafia hit man without any compulsion to tie together the the disparate aspects of character the loving father who abandons his children Intimacy is such a clever title, because it s what Jay the bastard wants from his young, life affirming lover and also what he finds most revolting and smothering in his marriage I think it s a brilliant book and I hated it The theme of this book may not be to the liking of everybody,a middle aged man prepares to walk out on his wife and kids.But it is a beautifully crafted story,full of sadness and loss,as he realizes there is no coming back,and the memories are very painful.So far,Hanif Kureishi s best book for me. One man pondering his life and relationships the night before he plans to leave his partner and children Not very likeable. I have a lot to say so please bare with me.This is a story of a middle aged british screenwriter , Jay , who decides to leave his wife and two children the whole book is actually a dialogue by Jay filled with flashbacks to his own past.I don t know how to feel about this book.It s daring ,brutal , hard to read , provocative , the characters , or the protagonist , Jay , is not likeable at all , instead you constantly feel like hitting him But at the same time , it s compelling , irresistib I have a lot to say so please bare with me.This is a story of a middle aged british screenwriter , Jay , who decides to leave his wife and two children the whole book is actually a dialogue by Jay filled with flashbacks to his own past.I don t know how to feel about this book.It s daring ,brutal , hard to read , provocative , the characters , or the protagonist , Jay , is not likeable at all , instead you constantly feel like hitting him But at the same time , it s compelling , irresistible and incredibly moving.It makes you stop after each page and question yourself , would you do the same thing if you were Jay Is it fair for a person to live a miserable life with a woman he doesn t love Although I hated Jay , but i agree with him in certain points , if you re not happy in a relationship , LEAVE Because life is too short and if you are going to spend it sacrificing your own well being and happiness for the sake of others , it s your loss , and it s not selfishness , maybe you re better off that way , both of you really.I loved the structure of the book going back and forth with flashbacks and reality , at first you ll struggle a little bit to keep up , but only then you ll find yourself understanding his style.The way he objectified women is irritating , he treated them as if they were only a source of pleasure , a way to please himself and his needs , no .I loved how honest he wrote , he could ve changed things , added things to make this booksocially acceptable , but he didn t Such a powerful exploration into someon s mind i was so absorbed into his life , thoughts , struggles and acts.This book was wondeful , I enjoyed every single page of it , but at the same time ,after the ending, I m left with some unanswered questions and dilemmas , my mind is still processing the end and i don t know if i should feel sorry for Jay or punch him in the face I don t know

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    EPUB is an ebook file format that uses the epub temporalmente a casa de Victor, un amigo de su misma edad que ya lleva alg n tiempo divorciado Es una decisi n que le pone entre la espada y la pared abandonar a sus hijos le resulta insoportable, pero quedarse significa resignarse a la infelicidad cotidiana, a una rutinaria vida de la que pasi n y placer parecen haberse ausentado definitivamente Por qu un hombre deja de amar a una mujer En una novela desesperadamente honesta, Kureishi cuenta la historia de una separaci n Poco a poco, en una verdadera escalada de sinceridad y lucidez, van surgiendo los detalles s rdidos, los pensamientos asesinos, los hechos y los gestos que habitualmente preferimos silenciar, la Intimidad desnuda de una pareja Cr nica del fin del amor y el comienzo del odio, la novela de Kureishi es una consistente, inteligente reflexi n sobre los desencantos de la madurez, las casi insalvables dificultades de la vida en pareja, las mezquindades, las negociaciones, las claudicaciones que nos impone la vida Pero tambi n, como en otras obras del autor, es un vigoroso, certero retrato de una generaci n, la que ahora est en el poder, sus costumbres, sus ideas sobre el amor y la familia, su pol tica y su tica cotidianas. If I was ever God forbid asked to teach a course on the ethics of fiction, this slim novel would surely be on the assigned reading list Intimacy unfolds over the course of 24 hours as its protagonist, a middle aged screenwriter named Jay, prepares to leave Susan, the mother of his two young sons Not that he has told her he s going he intends simply to pack his bag and slip out the door in the morning after she goes to work This is a case of art imitating life if there ever was one Like his If I was ever God forbid asked to teach a course on the ethics of fiction, this slim novel would surely be on the assigned reading list Intimacy unfolds over the course of 24 hours as its protagonist, a middle aged screenwriter named Jay, prepares to leave Susan, the mother of his two young sons Not that he has told her he s going he intends simply to pack his bag and slip out the door in the morning after she goes to work This is a case of art imitating life if there ever was one Like his protagonist Jay, Kureishi himself is in his forties like Jay, Kureishi has been nominated for an Academy Award, and has a weakness for psychopharmacology And like Jay, shortly before the publication of this novel Kureishi left his wife and two sons.The release of Intimacy saw a brief flurry of reviews which lambasted the book as thinly veiled self confession Among the most vocal critics of the novel were Kureishi s sister and ex wife both of whom condemned the author for, essentially, airing private dirty laundry on the international stage Subsequently, the furor over Kureishi s novel subsided somewhat the majority of reviewers have been reluctant to make grand pronouncements about what a novelist should, and shouldn t, be empowered to write about This is an understandable impulse nobody wants to be viewed as guilty of censorship or small mindedness indeed, being unshockable and accepting when it comes to art is generally accepted as synonymous with sophistication But let s consider this outlook for a moment Sure, it s easy to say that in principle that a great work of art could emerge from the examination of any given subject But granted that it s not possible to take the stance, a la Jesse Helms, that certain topics should be artistically off limits a priori, what about applying ethical standards to specific cases It is unreasonable to believe that, like doctors or politicians, artists can be guilty of unethical behavior in the practice of their chosen profession And, if so, what might that mean Rather than leaping headlong into these thorny questions, it s instructive to start by looking at some of the things that are wrong with Kureishi s novel To begin with, for a novel ostensibly about well, intimacy, and interpersonal relationships virtually all the characters in Intimacy are shallow to the point of being ciphers Susan, Jay s wife, appears only in terms of Jay s dislike for her fat, red weeping face and his sour quips along the lines of she thinks she s a feminist but she s just bad tempered As for Jay s sons, although our protagonist is ostensibly tormented over the hurt he may cause them by disappearing without a word of warning what, you think they receive, if anything, an evencursory treatment than his wife, cropping up mainly as background scenery and noise for Jay s self pitying observations.And, make no mistake, Jay is a champion of self pity I have lost my relish for living, he announces I am apathetic and most of the time want nothing, except to understand why there hasn t beenhappiness here He is a navel gazing, self indulgent child at heart the few insights which occur to him are depressingly generic exercises in justification which shed no light on the situation at hand For example, he points out that Desire is naughty and doesn t conform to our ideals Desire is the original anarchist and undercover agent Yeah, sure, and So where do all of Jay s lucubrations get him Predictably, the answer is not very far As scheduled, he leaves his wife and sons to be with Nina, a club girl who combines here s a twist elements of mother and whore in one fuzzily drawn, idealized package As our hero traipses off into the bliss of Nina s embrace, still unenlightened and tearful it s not easy, being the father who leaves his children one gets the distinct sense that nothing has changed and that the sordid little drama we have just witnessed is, or will be, only one in a series of similar dismal incidents.All told, if Intimacy has a message it seems to be this that sometimes people do stupid, confused, hurtful things The question then arises what does all of this mean in terms of the ethics of fiction If one believes that novels are nothingthan entertainment, then Intimacy is nothingthan a case of bad writing But any serious author must realize that stories arethan just diverting sentences on paper In a literal sense, the stories we tell ourselves form the basis for our understanding of our selves and of the world And as such, they have lasting significance as epistemological acts This subject quickly moves beyond book review territory, and I ll leave it to the judgment of Kureishi s readers as to whether this book offers any meaningful insights about the human condition But apart from such lofty standards, let me throw out an off the cuff suggestion about the minimal ethical responsibilities of a novelist, taken from the Hippocratic Oath first, do no harm.It is on this count that, most plainly, Intimacy seems to me like a basically irresponsible piece of writing Whether or not Kureishi intended this book to be taken as autobiography which seems difficult to deny , the fact is that his family and the public at large will read it as such Kureishi is an internationally recognized author who has used his pulpit to smear his ex wife and publicize what appears to be the private tragedies of his family I would argue that writer with a modicum of decency would have attempted to minimally disguise the real circumstances about which he is writing What would it have cost Kureishi to depict Jay as, let s say, an academic rather than a fiction writer Or to give him a daughter rather than two sons This minimal kindness would have given Kureishi s ex wife and sons at least a chance to avoid being preemptively framed as the characters in this novel.Regardless of the theoretical standards which we apply to art, it seems little enough to ask of an author that they refrain from defaming the people who are close to them, and Intimacy fails even this modest benchmark Mr Kureishi, you should be ashamed of yourself i absolutely love this book i get why everyone is frustrated with Jay as a character, he does have a hard to like personality i struggled trying to understand things from his perspective at times, but realising that he is a human after all i could somewhat understand the reason behind some of the decisions he made even if i didn t share his opinions on another note i loved the writing style and the brutally honest ways Kureishi chose to convey his messages and criticize the institution of mar i absolutely love this book i get why everyone is frustrated with Jay as a character, he does have a hard to like personality i struggled trying to understand things from his perspective at times, but realising that he is a human after all i could somewhat understand the reason behind some of the decisions he made even if i didn t share his opinions on another note i loved the writing style and the brutally honest ways Kureishi chose to convey his messages and criticize the institution of marriage and love To me whether Jay is a good person or not, a likeable relatable character or not is irrelevant because Kureishi succeeded in portraying a human being flawed as he may be in his novel and that was enough for me to appreciate him as an author and adore his art A Joke Followed by an IntimacyAfter reading Milan Kundera sThe Joke , I returned it to the shelf, and looked for something short to read next Happily, I found it next to my Kunderas I thoughtIntimacymight continue some of the themes about relationships that had interested me inThe Joke.After finishing it, I discovered a 2001 interview with Kureishi in the Guardian in which he revealed that he had been readingThe Jokethat very morning.In some ways, Kureishi was to the 90 s what Kun A Joke Followed by an IntimacyAfter reading Milan Kundera sThe Joke , I returned it to the shelf, and looked for something short to read next Happily, I found it next to my Kunderas I thoughtIntimacymight continue some of the themes about relationships that had interested me inThe Joke.After finishing it, I discovered a 2001 interview with Kureishi in the Guardian in which he revealed that he had been readingThe Jokethat very morning.In some ways, Kureishi was to the 90 s what Kundera was to the 80 s He seemed to define the Zeitgeist At least if you were male He had a David Bowie like rock star persona He could get away with almost anything All Couples Have Troubles I readIntimacyin the space of a day, well less actually,like the time it took the Australian cricket team to knock out their first innings in the Ashes test in Nottingham It s a novella rather than a novel My copy was 150 pages long, but broadly spaced No sooner had I started it than it was over.At one level, it s an indulgent rant It s written in the first person The narrator Jay is a narcissistic Oscar nominated scriptwriter, who s about to leave his family the next day Inevitably, it s difficult to dissociate Jay from the author If it s difficult now, it was certainly a lot harder when the book was first published It was clear to all that the novel was based on Kureishi s relationship and break up with his partner and mother of their two children, Tracey Scoffield Some People Read Books Endlessly So what can you say almost 20 years later Kureishi writes with amazing precision about relationships from a male s perspective You could be quite charmed listening to Jay, thinking he had a special sensitivity However, after a while, you realise that his precision is almost surgical, and that he wields a scalpel capable of making a neat, clean cut in human flesh.Jay studied Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Marx, Freud, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco, Beckett andother poets of solitude and dread. His interests bridge philosophy and psychology However, all this study fuels his belief that he knows people and relationships better than anyone else Well, he knows what s good for him And this is what he imposes on those around him Not Every Match Burns Bright Beneath the hipster facade is a viciousness, not unrelated to his taste in musicA lot of punk It was the hatred, I think, that appealed Contrast this with his partnerSusan, who is four years younger than me, thinks we live in a selfish age She talks of a Thatcherism of the soul that imagines that people are not dependent on one anotherFulfilment, self expression and creativity are the only values In other words, creativity had given some people a way out of conformist, pre 60 s nine to fiveism, but it retained the egotism of the previousmaterial,analogue, less digital version of capitalism Some Couples Live in Harmony, Some Do Not Jay also takes a pot shot at women s politicsShe is of a disapproving generation of women She thinks she s a feminist but she s just bad tempered It s as if Jay isn t a spoiled prat, he s just a very naughty boySusan would say that we require other social forms What are they Probably the unpleasant ones duty, sacrifice, obligation to others, self discipline These are Susan s words Perhaps, some of us will recoil from what they imply But, really, aren t they the sort of thing you say when you start to think in terms of needs other than just your own the needs of a couple, the needs of a family, the needs of a peer group, the needs of a community, the needs of a social and political movement From the perspective of the Left, Jay confesses,We were the kind of people who held the Labour Party back It s as if Jay s kind of egocentricity tends to subvert any collective, whether of two or two billion You My Dear Don t Have Any Manners Jay loves their two boys, aged five and three, he says he ll be sad to leave them really , but they re not enough to commit him to any sort of family unit, not enough to make an effort He can t will himself into the relationshipYou cannot will love, but only ask why you have put it aside for the time being He pretends that he can turn off his love for his children, and that they will be there for him when he s ready to revive a relationship with them, when they aremature and can understand his needs.He says something that many of us who have been in a relationship that didn t last can understandI didn t want to love Susan, but for some reason didn t want the clarity of that fact to devastate us both Yet, you have to wonder whether the failed lover inside the author does want the public, written record of this fact to devastateIt is a lovely day for leavingHow could it not devastate somebody Still, It s Sad to See Everything in Tatters This is the true significance of the novel, as a work of fiction, but also as an implied comment on an actual relationship The book might be named after intimacy, but it doesn t sing its praises Instead, it reveals intimate details in order to expose and compromise them, in order to snuff out whatever flaming beauty was ever there It s about the longing for intimacy and love, and how angry we can be when they re snuffed out, lost, rejected, left Intimacy and love can simply dissipate before our very eyes With no effort at all Which is often the cause.I couldn t believe some of the things Jay said, they were so clinically brutal You could see them coming, and you d wonder whether he d restrain himself, but in the end I was glad that they weren t left unsaid We wouldn t know the truth, otherwise.The thing is, Kureishi does it accurately enough to condemn the 1990 s era male who hasn t changed that much out of his own mouth For all the aspersions he casts on Susan, it s her words that have best stood the test of time She anticipated an era when, after the indulgences of the three decades that followed the 60 s, we eventually had to grow up They are, of course, words that Kureishi wrote, or at least selected and recorded from his real life experience If it was the latter, then at least he had enough acumen to know what words expressed Susan s truth And therefore ours.SOUNDTRACK Marianne Faithfull Why d Ya Do It Reed Tatters Reed Tatters Live at Montreux on July 12, 2000 The first and most alarming thing you find out about marriage, pretty much within days of your wedding, is that it is fraught with uncertainty At first I thought this was just me, but then I began talking to other people and I realized that pretty much everyone experiences crippling doubt at one point or another about whether getting married was the right decision There was too much of me, I know that We want love but we don t want to lose ourselves.Marriage is tough, that I knew But that yo The first and most alarming thing you find out about marriage, pretty much within days of your wedding, is that it is fraught with uncertainty At first I thought this was just me, but then I began talking to other people and I realized that pretty much everyone experiences crippling doubt at one point or another about whether getting married was the right decision There was too much of me, I know that We want love but we don t want to lose ourselves.Marriage is tough, that I knew But that you could question yourself so viciously, or feel your emotions fluctuate so wildly out of control was an experience I hadn t been adequately prepared for You can try to explain what being so intricately bound to another person feels like, but words aren t enough for living through the experience, and sometimes I felt adrift, faithless and unable to figure out what could make things right Of course things always got back on track And then we would crash and right ourselves again, over and over again until I finally got the hang of it But it s a process, and like all things which change you, it always lurked on the edge of complete and total destruction That s why this book is so hard to take Not because it s complex and hard hitting, but because it focuses solely on the really, really ugly portions of a relationship Of course, any relationship where you spend extended time with each other will eventually reveal its underbelly, full of horribleness and spite, but with love you cover it up and bandage it and learn to move on This book, unfortunately, focuses only on the crueler aspects of marriage, on the night on which our protagonist, a middle aged man named Jay, decides to leave his wife and two sons behindThe house is full of poison Susan wants me to be kind I can t be kind We can do nothing for one another It is a fact I have decided to leave I think the truth is that reading this book made me miserable, and made my husband exasperated Why are you reading it if it s getting you down he kept asking, but I was determined to struggle through, because leaving books half read feels like some sort of personal failure I know I should learn to get over In the end, what helped was the fact that the book itself was so abominable Absolutely no plot, completely pointless characters, and I didn t care much for the conversations either And of course, a ridiculously whiny, ultimately unlikable protagonist This, then, could be our last evening as an innocent, complete, ideal family my last night with a woman I have known for ten years, a woman I know almost everything about, and want noof.What ultimately led to this book s downfall for me was the fact that our narrator was, frankly, not a very good person And not a bad person in any interesting terms like the female lead in Gone Girl or in Gone with the Wind or any other famous, compelling novel I can name with unlikeable main characters , but rather just bland, petty and mean and not really worth pages and pages of rumination It is unhappiness and the wound that compels me Then I can understand and be of use An atmosphere of generalized depression and mid temperature gloom makes me feel at home.Since the book tracks the events of a single night, interspersed with Jay s thoughts about his past and fears for the present, we are forced to spend way too much time in close proximity with him This is unfortunate because not only is Jay a pointless person, he also has a weird, unhealthy relationship with sex I had the exact same problem with Kureishi s hero in Something to tell you, which also incidentally featured a middle aged man hitting a midlife crisis In this book, Jay s constant and lecherous examination of the topic, the objectification of women s bodies, and the days spent lunching at spots where our hero knowsfashionable young women in close fitting itemswill be present all serve to create an uncomfortable desire to distance yourself from this character From the beginning, starting with the girls at school, and the teachers in particular, I have looked at women in shops, on the street, in the bus, at parties, and wondered what it would be like to be with them, and what pleasure we might kindle.There were some points in the novel, admittedly, where I almost thought it would redeem itself and shine some much needed light on the complexities of marriage, but Kureishi ruins the perfect set up by never managing to really colour the relationship as that between two people Instead, what you do have is a very one sided, close minded portrait of the marriage from the point of view of a bitter, bored old man For some, such a fictional world might make for interesting reading, but if an author chooses to write solely from the perspective of a horrible character without managing to make me care about them, then for me the narrative is a complete failure I have been trying to convince myself that leaving someone isn t the worst thing you can do to them Sombre it may be, but it doesn t have to be a tragedy If you never left anything or anyone there would be no room for the new.The story does the same thing with its smart writing, falling over from the just perfect to the overly decorative At the beginning, Kureishi s words feel incisive and controlled, an experienced author holding forth on life s uncertainties and the pitfalls of growing older Pretty soon though, it becomes less Pulitzer prize worthy, andHallmark quotes I compared the first book I read by Kureishi to the atrocity that was Home Boy by Naqvi, my standard for all crappy Pakistani writing that s well known This book maintains the status quo, by staying exactly as bad as the first book It is easy to kill oneself off without dying Unfortunately, to get to the future one has to live through the present.Just like Home Boy, I continued to not care for our main character pretty much from the beginning to the end Even spending pages and pages of reflection with him didn t endear me to his frustrations Maybe if, instead of talking about his love affair or his drug taking or his boredom, he had focused a biton his past with Susan, tried to figure out where they had fallen apart, there might have been something worth salvaging As it is, he spends barely one sentence trying to figure out whether he might actually be to blame for their miserable existence, and then promptly forgets all about his momentary self flagellation Have I tried hard enough Why should I imagine that I am easy to get along with Perhaps, all this time, she has been making a heroic effort to get along with a morose, over sensitive, self absorbed fool.In any divorce, it is obvious that both the parties involved must have their own grievances, and their own versions of events Each wife and husband about to be separated must believe that they are in the right, and that the other person is not only horrible enough to be blamed for the ensuing heartbreak, but also horrible enough to consider leaving Still, the kind of complexity I expected from a story that focuses so solely on a marriage falling apart never manages to describe Susan, the left behind wife, as a complete person Instead, what we are left with are Jay s bitter thoughts and creepy behaviour and adultery and misogyny and pretty much all around unpleasantness It is the men who must go They are blamed for it, as I will be.As a rule, a man who complains about being blamed for ending a relationship, when he is in fact the one walking away, is a man not worth spending any time or brain cells upon And the final nail in the coffin came upon the realization that the author, father of two boys and divorced from a wife with the exact same job as the fictional wife s, might have written this bookto air dirty laundry and less as a sort of satisfying escapism for the reader He could have made his protagonist father to a little girl, if he so desperately wanted to treat divorce as a separation from his children He could have made an ambitious wife with literally any other job, but sticking so closely to his own life story feels disrespectful at best and a gross invasion of his family s privacy at the worst All in all, it was not a pleasant reading experience, and I have no wish to ever repeat it again One extra star for the accidental smart observation, but mostly I d say Hanif Kureishi hasn t managed to write anything yet that I d consider worth reading Not recommended ORIGINAL REVIEW Ugh, I have such a complicated relationship with this title How the hell am I going to review it I review Pakistani Fiction, and talk about Pakistani fiction, and want to talk to people who like to talk about fiction Pakistani and otherwise, take your pick To readreviews or just contact me so you can talk about books, check out my Blog or follow me on Twitter My brain holds a big disparity On the one hand, I loved the writing style and thought a lot of the ideas displayed were very intriguing and raw on the other hand, there are some very controversial and unethical thoughts in here It became difficult to separate the author and the narrator Still very happy I ve read this.3,5 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Upon reading this, I felt that it was quite obvious that the author wrote this book with intimate knowledge of failed relationships and break ups The small details really do make this story The disagreements of how to make tea, for example which leads both the characters feeling like they want to kill each other The wife s badgering, the narrator s air of weariness, the disconnectedness of it all like they re only JUST missing the target, that if they tried that little bit harder, maybe t Upon reading this, I felt that it was quite obvious that the author wrote this book with intimate knowledge of failed relationships and break ups The small details really do make this story The disagreements of how to make tea, for example which leads both the characters feeling like they want to kill each other The wife s badgering, the narrator s air of weariness, the disconnectedness of it all like they re only JUST missing the target, that if they tried that little bit harder, maybe they could get back on track It really does hit a sore spot for anyone who has been in this position before I enjoyed following his train of thought, how he convinced himself that he will pack and leave, done And then a few pages on, he contemplates waking his wife to talk He wants her to say I love you, please stay But also feels knows that he doesn t want to try He is indecisive, completely real and human I feel like I am inside somebody s head and being dragged along on the emotional journey To throw a couple of children into the mix was just agonising and as a parent I was sucked right into the confusion and pain I think the only thing I struggled with was the lack of sorrow he had at leaving his children Of course, he was bothered, it was one of the main themes of the book but his world didn t seem rocked by it I would have been a neurotic mess, rocking myself backwards and forwards in a dark corner somewhere And then I probably wouldn t have left in the end I certainly wouldn t have been deliberating on which objects to take with me when I left, which suits and shoes would suit my new life, which books should I leave for my sons to enjoy although the nonchalance could have definitely been a coping mechanism.I ve read a few people s opinions on the book, on various websites and find that a lot of people hate the book, because of the narrator But that is why I love it, he s a shitty person, he doesn t know what he wants, he s putting himself first, abandoning his family, chasing after some elusive ideal of love It s not pretty It s gritty, he s imperfect and I like being able to see a glimpse into his life and then be able to put the book down and appreciate my own.I think the thing is, relationships do fail And this really is a prime example of how it can happen lazily, cowardly and bleakly After reading loads of reviews, what amazes me is that apparently not all women take this self indulgent crap as a personal affront Yes, Kureishi is a gifted writer Okay, his take on the excruciating ruminations of a husband plotting to leave his family is 100% believable But I can t get past my desire to castrate the narcissistic bastard It must have been fun to write a bit like writing from the perspective of a mafia hit man without any compulsion to tie together the the disparate aspect After reading loads of reviews, what amazes me is that apparently not all women take this self indulgent crap as a personal affront Yes, Kureishi is a gifted writer Okay, his take on the excruciating ruminations of a husband plotting to leave his family is 100% believable But I can t get past my desire to castrate the narcissistic bastard It must have been fun to write a bit like writing from the perspective of a mafia hit man without any compulsion to tie together the the disparate aspects of character the loving father who abandons his children Intimacy is such a clever title, because it s what Jay the bastard wants from his young, life affirming lover and also what he finds most revolting and smothering in his marriage I think it s a brilliant book and I hated it The theme of this book may not be to the liking of everybody,a middle aged man prepares to walk out on his wife and kids.But it is a beautifully crafted story,full of sadness and loss,as he realizes there is no coming back,and the memories are very painful.So far,Hanif Kureishi s best book for me. One man pondering his life and relationships the night before he plans to leave his partner and children Not very likeable. I have a lot to say so please bare with me.This is a story of a middle aged british screenwriter , Jay , who decides to leave his wife and two children the whole book is actually a dialogue by Jay filled with flashbacks to his own past.I don t know how to feel about this book.It s daring ,brutal , hard to read , provocative , the characters , or the protagonist , Jay , is not likeable at all , instead you constantly feel like hitting him But at the same time , it s compelling , irresistib I have a lot to say so please bare with me.This is a story of a middle aged british screenwriter , Jay , who decides to leave his wife and two children the whole book is actually a dialogue by Jay filled with flashbacks to his own past.I don t know how to feel about this book.It s daring ,brutal , hard to read , provocative , the characters , or the protagonist , Jay , is not likeable at all , instead you constantly feel like hitting him But at the same time , it s compelling , irresistible and incredibly moving.It makes you stop after each page and question yourself , would you do the same thing if you were Jay Is it fair for a person to live a miserable life with a woman he doesn t love Although I hated Jay , but i agree with him in certain points , if you re not happy in a relationship , LEAVE Because life is too short and if you are going to spend it sacrificing your own well being and happiness for the sake of others , it s your loss , and it s not selfishness , maybe you re better off that way , both of you really.I loved the structure of the book going back and forth with flashbacks and reality , at first you ll struggle a little bit to keep up , but only then you ll find yourself understanding his style.The way he objectified women is irritating , he treated them as if they were only a source of pleasure , a way to please himself and his needs , no .I loved how honest he wrote , he could ve changed things , added things to make this booksocially acceptable , but he didn t Such a powerful exploration into someon s mind i was so absorbed into his life , thoughts , struggles and acts.This book was wondeful , I enjoyed every single page of it , but at the same time ,after the ending, I m left with some unanswered questions and dilemmas , my mind is still processing the end and i don t know if i should feel sorry for Jay or punch him in the face I don t know "/>
  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Intimidad
  • Hanif Kureishi
  • Spanish
  • 10 October 2019
  • 8433967886