Hanif Kureishiis often noted for his tendency to pit his protagonist against the dichotomous setting around him. In one of Kureishi’s short stories titled Goodbye, . The PDF file you selected should load here if your Web browser has a PDF reader plug-in installed (for example, a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader). Goodbye, Mother by Hanif Kureishi. If you think the living are difficult to deal with, the dead can be worse. This is what Harry’s friend Gerald had said. The remark.

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Mrtambourine rated it liked it Oct 01, His novel Intimacy revolved around the story of a man leaving his wife and two young sons after feeling physically and emotionally rejected by his wife. T his isn’t exactly a classic omnibus volume of short stories, but it shows how useful the form has been to Hanif Kureishi as a way of thinking against himself.

Martalasanguinaria added it Nov 20, The best passage of the novella is actually the meticulous description of another body, belonging to a woman from whom the hero has kept a distance sexually.

Elsewhere in the book desire is praised for its powers of disruption, breaking up what’s settled, but desire is also a furious blindness, and this contemplative note is new. Giulia Scacchi rated it really liked it May 15, Sarosh Sohail marked goosbye as to-read Nov 05, This story broke my heart and then stitched it back together.

The situation, of an established writer cultivating an aspiring one, but only for usable details about her daily life as a teacher, seems simply kuresihi, the only question being which of the women will get the more severe drubbing, queenly Aurelia or desperate Marcia. When talent and wisdomness meet life, you get Hanif Kureishi.


It consists of the merest thread of storytelling, as a middle-aged man reluctantly takes his hated mother to visit her husband’s grave, alternating kurreishi his reflections on his life and his marriage.

Chiara Marchioni added it Jun 16, This late swerve into postmodernism indicates the felt need for a sort of insurance policy if you’re not convinced by Nina, guess what, I was bluffing all along rather than an haniv interest in form.

Goodbye Mother by Hanif Kureishi

It’s fascinating to see what happens when Kureishi forces himself away from a single character and gives everyone a point of view. Goodreads helps you keep track haniff books you want to read.

Goodbye Mother by Hanif Kureishi. Open Preview See a Problem? Mohammad rated it it was ok Nov 05, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Instead both are vindicated. The best pieces are the ones which enable him to operate far from his persona beady-eyed outsider seething with self-belief.

Dylan rated it it was ok Jul 26, Buddyna rated it liked godobye Apr 01, Want to Read saving….

Show 25 25 50 All. Leo Kuznetsov marked it as to-read Sep 19, Another story in that collection, “Lately”, is modelled on Chekhov. Serena rated it liked it Jan 04, In “With Your Tongue Down My Throat”, from his first book of stories, Love in a Blue Timehe claims the point of view of Nina, a stubbornly delinquent teenager two abortions down and no end in sight equally estranged from her well-meaning teacher mother and the Pakistani father she so rarely sees.

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Katerina Botsiou rated it liked it Feb 21, Paolo added it Aug 20, Trivia About Goodbye Mother. Between Love in a Blue Time and his next collection, Midnight All DayKureishi published the novel Intimacyan account of marital desertion that was felt by some notably the wife he had left in real life to exploit private turmoil in the name of an inevitably partial honesty.


Niki marked it as to-read Jun 25, Issues of art and ownership are rehearsed very differently in the story “Sucking Stones”. Return to Book Page. Otherwise we lose our humanity” resist transposition from Russia to an English seaside town.

Goodbye Mother

To ask other readers questions about Goodbye Motherplease sign up. This she finds admirable. Soonha marked it as to-read Oct 01, Marcia sees that Aurelia is ,ureishi through her, “to the sentences and paragraphs she would make of her”. The relay-race method of constructing a story, though, isn’t one that appeals to kureisho except on this special occasion.

He came to Moother to study law but soon abandoned his studies. Topics Hanif Kureishi The Observer. The brain-transplant plot reminiscent of the Rock Hudson film Seconds requires a thriller element which cuts in fitfully among the philosophical speculations.

Of the other stories in The Bodymy favourite is “Goodbye, Mother”. Order by newest oldest recommendations. The hero is a writer whose first success was a memoir of his father Kureishi himself published such a book some mothsr later. Ali Amiri rated it really liked it Jun 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This created certain controversy as Kureishi himself had recently left his wife and two young sons.