Hanif Kureishi portrays Gabriel's naive hope and artistic aspirations with the same insight that he brought to the Anglo-Indian experience in The Buddha of Suburbia and to infidelity in Intimacy. Gabriel's Gift is a tender meditation on failure, talent, and the power of imagination, and offers a humorous portrait of a generation that only started to think about growing up when its children did.
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- Scribner |
- 224 pages |
- ISBN 9780743217132 |
- October 2002
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"School -- how was, today?"
"Learning makes me feel ignorant," said Gabriel. "Has Dad rung?"
As well as the fact he didn't know where his father was, something strange was happening to the weather in Gabriel's neighborhood. That morning, when he left for school with Hannah, there was a light spring shower, and it was autumn.
By the time they had reached the school gates, a layer of snow sat on their hats. At lunchtime in the playground, the hot floodlight of the sun -- suddenly illuminated like a lamp -- had been so bright the kids played in shirtsleeves.
In the late afternoon,...
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