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Surreptitiously, the father began going into his son's bedroom. Parvez would look for clues. Ali was getting tidier, throwing away everything including his old toys, computer disks, videotapes, new books, and clothes. Without explanation Ali broke up with his English girlfriend and stopped ringing his old friends. Parvez was unable to bring up the subject of Ali's unusual behavior. He was slightly afraid of his son, who was developing a sharp tongue.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. My Son the Fanatic by Hanif Kureishi. Set in a northern industrial town, this screenplay presents the dismay experienced by a Pakistani father when his son rejects the material possessions and values he has slaved all his life for and embraces a fundamentalist sect of Islam.

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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of My Son the Fanatic. Short stories fast to read with incredibly important messages that make you wonder and understand I really have to read more of these!

Jun 06, Agustina rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in-highschool , re-read. I read this when I was in high school and didn't think much of it at the time. Now that I've re read it I can only wonder what the fuck the teacher was thinking about. This is so brutal and scary. I totally respect it but I am not prepared to review this. It's just too much. Specially the ending. I'm not sure how I feel about this. They're both fanatics in their own separate ways, but I'm not sure what message this story is meant to convey and why?

I don't see anything positive about it. It seemed confusing and slightly misleading as well. Not enough depth to really get into something this critical, I think.

Shelves: college-years , great-stuff. A great short read i'm talking a few pages on Eastern meets Western culture. An Americanized father is offended and confused by his son's loyalty to Islam. Mar 13, Marina rated it liked it. Yup, liked it. Just today, I spoke with a friend about the authority our parents have over us. And then I read this, and it kind of fit. The father is in no position to tell his son to quit his religion and then to beat him up like that?

Over a prostitute? I think Ali was right about everything he told his father, he deserved it and had it coming. Will be interesting to interpret this story tomorrow in class, so I'll maybe come back to this review. EDIT: So yeah, they're both fanatics. It slipped Yup, liked it. It slipped my mind that the son said he and the other Muslims are ready for a Jihad hahah But still, the alienation between family members is really well portrayed, the immigration prejudices, religious intolerance and the clash of cultures London's multiculturalism - it'a all very contemporary and interesting to read about.

Feb 18, Ayesha Rizwan rated it really liked it. Thruthfully when i first read the shortstory i didnt think much of it too but the line that really struck me was what Ali asks Pervaz in the last line.

You never decifer if the father is more afraid of Ali or if Ali is more afraid of Pervaz. Its till the end of the story that ypu realize that they are not characters but just stand ins, symbolic figures with greater meaning because at the end when i read it now it seems that when Ali asks Pervaz "who's the fanatic now", its not the pervaz he is a Thruthfully when i first read the shortstory i didnt think much of it too but the line that really struck me was what Ali asks Pervaz in the last line.

Its till the end of the story that ypu realize that they are not characters but just stand ins, symbolic figures with greater meaning because at the end when i read it now it seems that when Ali asks Pervaz "who's the fanatic now", its not the pervaz he is adressing but it is the reader. Hanif plays with the reader's perception of the fanatic and turns it topsy turvy.

Kureishi explores the father-son relationship, as Pakistani-American immigrant Parvez struggles to understand his son Ali's development of a strong attachment to Islam. To begin with, Kureishi plays the generational and East-West clash for comedy, but the characters' estrangement becomes more serious and dramatic over time.

I liked this because it prov This short 29 pages story was first published in the collection Love In A Blue Time in ; I read the recent Faber Stories standalone edition. I liked this because it provided food for thought in terms of intra-familial culture clashes and the nature of fanaticism, things that I haven't really had cause to think about a great deal. I'm not sure it's a book I'll return to or which will stay with me for a long time, but I appreciated the stimulation it provided.

Jul 02, Iris rated it did not like it. I think this story is well written and the moral is clear. Unfortunate I think this story is well written and the moral is clear. Shelves: classics. This short story is a very important read. It showcases how the Eastern cultures feel they are being overshadowed and taken over by the Western cultures. Now I am very interested in seeing the film to compare.

Sep 27, W rated it liked it Shelves: fiction. A British father of Pakistani descent is concerned,as his son becomes a religious extremist. Published long before Mohsin Hamid's more well known book on a similar subject,The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Nov 29, Matt rated it really liked it.

The son starts acting odd and the father tries to find out why. Interesting turn of events. The end is not what you expect. Worth a quick reading. Feb 23, Lee Peckover rated it really liked it. Surprisingly interesting and even engrossing for such a short piece. Apr 07, Clive Millard rated it liked it. VERY short story. Very nicely told story. A very very brief read though. Really good! Interesting perspective too. View 2 comments.

Sep 06, Steven rated it liked it Shelves: british , religion , seen-movies. This study of Islamic Fundamentalism and clash between radical and westernized moslem generations is even more apropos now than when written.

Oct 24, Kristine Lenda rated it really liked it Shelves: university. This really made me re-think so many things. I recommend it. Oct 06, Rose Panalee rated it it was amazing. I like how the characters in this story are flawed and very human.

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My Son the Fanatic

It was reprinted in Kureishi's collection of short stories, Love in a Blue Time, and also as a supplement to some editions of The Black Album. The short story was also adapted into a film of the same title. The narrative deals with the problems of Parvez, who has migrated to England with his son Ali. Parvez worries because Ali's behaviour has changed significantly.

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