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Hanif Kureishi won the prestigious Whitbread Prize for The Buddha of Suburbia and was twice nominated for Oscars for best original screenplay (My Beautiful Laundrette and Venus, which starred Peter O’Toole). In 2010 Kureishi received the prestigious PEN/Pinter Prize. He lives in London. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .



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Dead man running 28 mars 2014
Par Criticalthinker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Contrary to what another reviewer wrote here, the writing in this lean novel is not "literary and elegant," but (sometimes annoyingly) spare and abrupt. While I can see why the author chose this almost neurasthenic voice -- given the potentially lurid premise of the story -- the detached, emotionless tone of the first-person narrator grates on the nerves, and too often runs counter to the words and actions of the character. There is a bland flavor of "then this happened" about this novel that did not quite work for me. Add to that the decidedly male, phallocentric view of the world as experienced by Adam-cum-Leo, and you have a novel that says nothing to female, middle-aged me. (When the narrator makes an observation about John Updike, I said to myself, "Aha!". I loathe John Updike.). Kureishi seems to have a surprisingly poor ear for dialogue, too, especially when the words come from the mouths of his female characters.

Such an interesting concept, with so many possibilities for philosophical examination (the mind-body question), considering the concept of self and the meaning of a well-lived life-- and love -- yet the author and the character never quite get all the way there. Adam/Leo nibbles at the edges of the Meaning of Life: he dances around the subject in a Scarlett O'Hara "I'll think about that tomorrow" way. But then another opportunity for sex turns up. How tiresome. The book does have its moments, but I cannot recommend it. The ending is abrupt, not so much a resolution as a foregone conclusion. Adam made his deal with the devil. Yes, the allusions are that heavy-handed.

(Addendum: This novel borrows heavily from the cult Frankenheimer film "Seconds," which in turn was taken from a novel by David Ely. So to say this novel is derivative is an understatement.)
"The Nightmare Of Eternal Life" 4 septembre 2008
Par H. F. Corbin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
How often have we said, ourselves, or heard someone else say, "If only I could be twenty again and know what I know now?" That is precisely what happens in Hanif Kureishi's novel THE BODY. Adam, a successful writer on the wrong side of sixty describes himself as a man with hemorrhoids, an ulcer and cataracts, whose bed is his "boat across these final years." Fortunately he's a "cheap drunk" and still has sex occasionally with his wife. His two children are grown and have left home. Then he gets the chance to have his brain removed from his old body and put into a dead but preserved young body of his choice. Although he could even choose the body of a young woman or someone of another race, he selects a young humpy Alain Delon look-alike.

This is one of those novels where knowing too much of the plot spoils the story and what a story it is. While you may anticipate some of what happens to Adam, the author in his usual brilliance has a surprise or two for you. In the best science fiction tradition of Kafka's METAMORPHOSIS, Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO or even Joyce Carol Oates' recent macabre short story "Wild Nights"-- although like the works of these other world-class writers, Kureishi's fiction is certainly fine literature as well and rises above the genre of science fiction-- he raises questions about our obsession with youth, the dereliction of society of the aged, the loneliness and isolation of being different, the basic human need to be loved and in the circle of friends and finally what he calls the "nightmare of eternal life."

THE BODY is at once a horrific and fantastic gem of a novel.
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Intriguing Questions 27 mai 2004
Par Louis N. Gruber - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Adam is a sixtyish writer who has achieved sucess, but is now in failing health. He decides to pursue a most unusual offer--the chance to have his brain (his personality, really) transplanted into a young healthy body. Never mind where this body comes from or how it got that way. He is assured that lots of "in" people are doing this now, becoming "newbodies," with a whole new chance at life, youth, sex, and time.
Good deal? Maybe not. Maybe not so good if you can't take your status with you, if you can't take your friends with you, or your wife, or your relationships. Maybe not if somebody wants your new young body enough to kill you for it, and there's no way to get back to your own.
Yes, the concept is preposterous. It isn't science fiction, as there is no attempt to bring in any science. However it is a concept that has occurred to most of us at one time or another. What if we could live again, be young again, with all the wisdom we've acquired by aging? Would you do it? Would I? Might be fun for a while, but there would be a price to pay. Maybe more than I would be prepared to pay.
Author Hanif Kureishi does a wonderful job with the concept, writing in an elegant, literary style that is simply a delight to read. This is not a book you should over analyze, just enjoy it and let it stimulate your thinking. Yes, the premise is absurd, but the book works. I enjoyed it immensely and I recommend it highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
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Interesting Read 1 mars 2004
Par Angie M. Yingst - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I enjoyed this book, but agree with the review, not long enough to really explore the intricacies of such a ridiculous situation. He doesn't try to go into some sort of sci-fi exploration of how scientifically this could happen, but takes the opportunity to explore the philosophical and emotional battles. Though too be fair, any more gratuitous sex, drugs and rock-n-roll and i would have been totally turned off by it. But I would have loved more exploration into the philosphical pull between intellect and physicality. I think Kureishi's mind is so fancy he could have really explored this topic and done some amazing things. I also didn't find think Adam wanted to return to the 60 something body because of fame or fortune, but because of family, love and intimacy.
Well .... a real masterpiece 17 août 2013
Par Michael Baumberger - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I say it's a masterpeice because I wrote a story very similar to this one and then decided to put it in a drawer and forget it about 15 20 years ago ... I thought no one in their right mind would ever read, let alone buy such a tall tale ....

And now Kureishi has done such a good job with this subject, that I can only say "chapeau" and also another French word as i curse myself for not trying to publish my quite similar story long ago. Good job Hanif !!
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