A novel by the author of "The Buddha of Suburbia" and "My Beautiful Laundrette" which analyzes the agonies and joys of being connected to another person. Jay, who is leaving his partner and their two sons, reflects on the vicissitudes of his relationship with Susan.
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UK Kirkus review
Kureishi unveiled his talent as a novelist in The Buddha of Suburbia, a warm, comic, richly populated saga of muddle and mischief. Intimacy opts for a narrower focus - the restless self-questioning of a scriptwriter on the eve of deserting the woman he has lived with for six years and their two children. Love has vanished from their relationship and cannot be brought back, despite an experiment with therapy; and the nagging of conscience, though persistent, is not enough to quench this man's belief that there is nothing for it but to find a happier life elsewhere. Life-enhancing this book isn't, yet one has to applaud the thoroughness with which Kureishi explores every shameful corner of the male ego at its most self-serving (or species-serving?). The well-honed, aphoristic prose brilliantly lays bare the narrator's thoughts as directly and graphically as a brain-scan. Whether the subject is Kureishi himself is a question best left unanswered. (Kirkus UK)