My Son the Fanatic
Parvez is a Punjabi in England, driving a cab, raising a
son, and seeking a better life. When his son Ali rejects present comfort for
past heritage and religious discipline, Parvez reaches blindly across the
widening moat between them to pull him back, consulting his friends at the
cabstand and a prostitute named Bettina for advice. In Parvezís increasing
consternation, Kureishi portrays the inherent friction of a transplanted
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