14 Jan 2012

January Blues?

Yaaaay!!! At last, I have finished writing my master thesis and handed it in with the dean's secretary. Great feeling (!!) and, finally, there's now also time to work on my blog. Because I realised I can't always sew new things (also because it would drive my boyfriend mad), I am now going to include such wonderful topics as literature, shopping and travel; although I will also really try and make more things fabric.

During my time writing the thesis with the title Representations of Multicultural London in Contemporary British Literature (I know, that's a bit too long to be catchy), I was often asked about my primary literature, so I figured it would be nice to review the 4 novels for you, also in an attempt to stop having to say it; they're ranked by level of enjoyability.

Originally, I didn't include this first book into my study and it only made the list after I discovered the original choice to be a bit dull. The Buddha of Suburbia is about a young British-Asian lad - Karim Amir - who is struggling on his path from adolescence to adulthood, discovering such exciting things as central London, the theatre, swinger parties and the first true love. Upshot is: hilarious, not too long read.

Zadie Smith is probably one of the most highly paid first novel authors and the book is certainly very entertaining. At times, I found myself laughing out loud on the bus, however, the book does drag you along sometimes, too. The story isn't always interesting and there's a lot of boring sections that the medium-interested reader will get very sleepy with. Nonetheless, if you're in for a loooong holiday, you could take this along and laugh at the funny bits, and snooze through the dull bits.

Brick Lane
This third novel is certainly quite interesting and offers an insight into how and why immigrants like to stay secluded within their own communities sometimes. However, I am not sure how genuine this perspective is and how serious one should take it. You don't really get funny, but the book certainly is a good read.

In the Falling Snow
Now, I have to admit that I pretty much just picked this novel for the Jamaican perspective to my paper, and that it wasn't really hugely entertaining. I have read that Caryl Phillips' earlier novels are better, but I would not particularly recommend reading this one. Hmm, if you're out of books or a real fan of Phillips, it's not bad and you get through it pretty quickly.

The best thing about buying this many books was getting bookmarks to match my thesis' topic!!
Well, I hope you're not suffering from January Blues (I'm not) and if you do, maybe read The Buddha of Suburbia to cheer you up a bit and take your mind off the grey and rainy start of 2012! x

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