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Intimacy (1998) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Jay, the narrator of Hanif Kureishi's third novel, tells his story on the night that he is preparing to leave his lover, Susan, and their two boys. His departure will not be impulsive: "I have contemplated this rupture from all sides," he says. But it will happen. He and Susan live comfortably in London. Each loves the children. Yet Jay, "lost in the middle of [his] life," craves and depends on passion in life, and it is no longer there. Kureishi strips away all posturing and self-justification to expose the flaws of his own protagonist and the failure of intimacy. Searingly honest, he explores the fears and desires that drive a man to leave a woman.
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Original title: Intimacy
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: Intimacy

Intimacy (1998)
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Language: English

  • "Intense...Intimacy is about men in crisis and it reminds us of a few painful facts. Baby boomers are as vulnerable to midlife breakdowns as their parents were...the sexual revolution hasn't come close to solving that age-old problem of men with a roving eye." Vogue
  • "The forces of fear and desire that propel men to abandon the mothers of their children (and then write about it) form the dark heart of Hanif Kureishi's provocative novel Intimacy." Vanity Fair
  • "Proceeding by means of portentous interjections between longer descriptive passages, Intimacy aspires to a terrifying, fatalistic flatness, but what it achieves is just handsome tedium." Walter Kirn, New York Magazine
  • "Kureishi succeeds in creating a vivid portrait of one particular man's experience with one particular woman—a portrait that bears a striking resemblance to the author's own life. The reader does not have to like Jay for this to be powerful, if not exactly joyous reading." Time Magazine
  • "In less than 120 pages, Kureishi manages to say more than most writers at twice the length. His anger and desire to shock are still present, but they are now harnessed to a new-found compassion and vision." Time Out
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Intimacy (1998)

ISBN: 0641515529

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