Intimacy has ratings and reviews. Rania said: i absolutely love this book! i get why everyone is frustrated with Jay as a character, he does ha. How did we ever make a movie together? asks Hanif Kureishi. in the suburbs of Paris, waiting for the film of my novel Intimacy to begin. Hanif Kureishi has never held back from tapping into his own and the mother of two of his children, after writing Intimacy, a novel about a man.

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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: But it will happen. He and Susan live comfortably in London. Each loves the c. Each ihtimacy the children. Yet Jay, “lost in the middle of [his] life,” craves and depends on passion in life, and it is no longer there.

Known for “very funny works about serious topics” San Francisco Review of Books and his uncanny ability to capture the mores of our time, 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.

Rarely hanig such challenging and complex emotion fit into so compact a kureishj rarely has an experience both common and uniquely devastating been so courageously portrayed. Naturalmente puoi fare esperimenti con la tua vita. Ma forse non dovresti farne con quella degli altri. In amore, di questi tempi, esiste il libero mercato: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi. Each loves the c “Nothing is as fascinating as love, unfortunately. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Intimacyplease sign up. Do you think the last paragraph is about Susan or Nina? See 1 question about Intimacy…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. To me whether Jay is a good person or not, a likeable relatable character or not is irrelevant because Kureishi succeeded in portraying a human being -flawed as he may be-in his novel kureihsi that was enough for me to appreciate him as an author and adore his art.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Upon reading this, I felt that it was quite obvious that the author wrote this book with intimate knowledge of failed relationships and break-ups. The small details really do make this story. The disagreements of how to make tea, for example which leads both the characters feeling like they want to kill each other.


The wife’s badgering, the narrator’s air of weariness, the disconnectedness of it all It really does hit a sore spot for anyone who has been in intimacyy position before. I enjoyed following his train of thought, how he convinced himself that he will pack and leave, done! And then a few pages on, he contemplates waking his wife to talk.

He wants her to say I love you, please stay! But also feels knows? He is indecisive, completely real and human. I feel like I am inside somebody’s head and being dragged along on the emotional journey.

To throw a couple of children into the mix was just agonising and as a parent – I was sucked right into the confusion and pain. I think the kureisi thing I haanif with was the lack of sorrow he had at leaving his children.

Of course, he was bothered, it was one of the main themes of the book – but his world didn’t seem rocked by it. I would have been a neurotic mess, rocking myself backwards and forwards in a dark corner somewhere!

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And then I probably wouldn’t have left in the end. I certainly wouldn’t have been deliberating on which objects to take with me when I left, which suits and shoes would suit my new life, which books should I leave for my sons to enjoy although the nonchalance could have definitely been a coping mechanism. I’ve read a few people’s opinions on the book, on various websites and find that a lot of people hate the book, because of the narrator. But that is why I love it, he’s a shitty person, he doesn’t know what he wants, he’s putting himself first, abandoning his family, chasing after some elusive ideal of love.

It’s gritty, he’s imperfect and I like being able to see a glimpse into his life and then be able to put the book down and appreciate my own. I think the thing is, relationships do fail. And this really is a prime example of how it can happen Demasiado perto, e elas dominam-nos; demasiado longe, e elas abandonam-nos. View all 7 comments.

Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi (5 star ratings)

Aug 27, Dina rated it it was amazing Shelves: Exceptionally clever and interesting! Book deals with contemporary issues, with taboos of our time, in the most original manner.

Kureishi is really talented writer, I am no longer surprised that he is so haniv compared to Woolf, Proust and Cami. A to je i poziv da te neko razotkrtije. A ako nije, onda nije. Mi moramo da stvaramo novo. Va dove ti porta il pisello Kureishi at his very best, an excruciating short story about the end of a kreishi. Both dreamy and intense and very very sad. Most is made up of a monologue taking place in the narrators head presumably but it still is has a yanif distinct feel of theater drama, I was envisioning every character on stage kureishu reading.


Very interesting because of it’s cut throat style of honesty, although it was a little uncomfortable to read at times, I admire Kureishi for the brutal honesty and vitality he gives to the characters. Un livre d’une grande profondeur. L’histoire est simple, mais fonctionne bien. I loved this book, the ponderings of a man wanting to end his relationship with his wife.

Now I have found out that the author did in fact leave his wife and 2 children it does make intimac feel pretty uncomfortable. It is a work of honesty though all said and done. View all 5 comments.

I loved this book. There’s so much in it that I relate to or can easily imagine relating to in the near future were I to have children of my own. Jay, the main character, is a man struggling to decide whether he will continue to sacrifice his “happiness” for the sake of his wife and children or whether he will leave them so as to revel in hedonism while there is still time.

The author, Kureishi, captures a certain masculine way of thinking that everyone, especially women, would do well to try to I loved this book. The author, Kureishi, captures a certain masculine way of thinking that everyone, especially women, would do well to try to understand.

Jay is not a terrible person, but he is bitter about his responsibilities and tired of pretending that the mundane day-to-day must be endured until death. I leave the book with a very sobering take on marriage, parenting, and well yes, intimacy.

Crudo, real y conciso. Hanif is rapidly becoming one of my favourite writers.


This book, like others I have read by him, is witty, thoughtful and intelligent. His work stays with you long after you have closed the final pages.

Acertado en sus reflexiones respecto de muchos de los miedos del mundo adulto. Las crisis de la etapa adulta hecha Literatura. Se non si lasciasse niente o nessuno, non ci sarebbe spazio per il nuovo. Sarebbe un atto ottimista, un atto di speranza, che garantisce fiducia nel futuro, la prova che le cose possono essere non solo differenti, ma migliori.

That’s why I gave it 5 stars. Other kureisih didn’t like it.

They even strongly recommended not to read this book. Me, I liked it! But I have to warn you, this is very, very, very subjective! If you decide to read the book and don’t like it, don’t blame it on me. I’ve read a lot of books about separations from a woman perspective.

Not very many from a man’s one. It’s always interesting to see what’s going on in men’s minds.