H. M. Naqvi’s debut novel Home Boy was first published in the United States in September by the Crown Books division of. Praise. One of the Huffington Post’s “10 Best Books of ” “Viciously hilarious, HOME BOY bursts with intelligence and energy and pathos. Home Boy. Husain Naqvi, Author, H. M. Naqvi, Author. Crown/Shaye Areheart $23 (p) ISBN
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They are characters with some depth, but they mostly want to have a good time. Why should I be concerned about him? By halfway through, I only mildly disliked the book, and I HATED the first chapter of this book – I felt like author was trying to show off his literary genius with his big nqqvi and abrupt transitions.
View all 8 comments. When Chuck finally gets out of prison, by the mercy of an American who does not believe all Pakistanis are terrorists, he decides the world is not the same as it once was and he no longer wants to be an American. It IS extremely poignant but because the rabid xenophobia which characterises post sep 11 america is exposed without resorting to the one dimensional secularised Good Muslim who one feels sorry for because he is muslim BUT a Good Muslim.
He is taken into custody and charged with terrorism and beaten blue and black. It ain’t me, babe. AC’s saintly backstory rings false, but Naqvi doesn’t seem concerned with plausibility.
Nov 30, Niyantha rated it it was ok. We barely get more than a few lines of what seemed like it could have been a fascinating story on its own.
Or at least tries to understand. Along with his two fellow Pakistani friends, they are immersed in a distinct subculture of young, rich or living rich young people of a melange of backgrounds. I did not root for him, did not care for him, and found myself having no reaction to either his successes or failures.
I was glad to have completed the book but was a tad b So yes, I did feel gagged on the author’s pompous, bombastic navqi in the first few pages. Take the drug-using AC, who works as a substitute teacher in a “rough-and-tumble South Bronx school”, for which he receives medals and awards.
Naqgi page was last edited on 6 Decemberat The Woman Who Walked into Doors. The Splendor Before the Dark. Occasionally, he reaches too far, and he also writes excessively about food, a tough trick to pull off well. Retrieved from ” https: This seems very strange, why would a writer in his 6 line bio would want to mention that?
He begins his journey hkmeboy getting help from his aunt, who already lives in America, and her brother, AC. It’s the people to be with. Blows your socks off. This is still a highly recommended read though, despite a few flaws. Want to Read saving…. I hated the pretentious hipster narrator, and his band of clubbing friends. It is laced with cute looking lines and words.
Though I am disquieted by books about guys named Chuck whose chief pleasures in life are trendy bars, cocaine and casual sex with strangers. I am a Gold Flake person. Except for some problematic transitions from one event to another, I think this is one of the great, contemporary fiction novels by a Pakistani writer I have read in quite some time. This reviewer takes no responsibility for the feeling of distaste or boredom that will eventually creep in.
I actually thought the first chapter of Home Boy was interesting. Hardcoverpages. That being said, I would recommend this book purely on the strengths of the Event – not just because of the events of the plot itself, but for the clever ways in which these events are relayed to the reader. I can honestly say that this sentiment has it right on the money. Under the Feet of Jesus.
I liked how he went a step ahead by incorporating some historical facts about Karachi and nomeboy general things of the world in this novel. They party all night and wake up late.
New York embraces everybody, or so it was. Feb 16, Kushal Srivastava rated it it was ok Shelves: Then came Osama and everything changed. In a city where origins matter less than the talent for self-invention, the three Metrostanis have the guts to claim the place as their own.
The story is told through the eyes of Chuck, a student on a work visa who turned banker, turned cabbie. Chuck inspires no warmth or affection, no feelings of understanding, no desire to care or relate on any level.
He also has a really strong writing style, naqvl the words convey strongly the homegoy he is trying to convey even as the story carries you along in its Loved it.
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