Book Readers Club
Meeting at Cha Bar- Oxford Book Store
Book for discussion : Intimacy by Hanif Kureishi
Time and date : 29th November 2006, 1900 hrs (7:00 pm)
Written in first person, it's a novel about emotion, about existential angst and trauma.
'Tonight', writes Jay, the narrator of Hanif Kureishi's novella, 'my predominant emotion is of fear of the future'. Jay is about to leave his partner Susan, and their two children. Not that he has told her he's going; he intends simply to pack his bag and slink away in the morning, to find some floorspace in his friend Victor's pad in a 'fashionable, bohemian part of town' and to start anew. As he waits for dawn and a new life Jay reflects over his past life and loves and why 'it is the human condition that we are ultimately isolated, and will die alone.'
Intimacy takes us into the landscape of male angst and put-uponness. Its an interesting view to debate and displays our own rationalisations and moral fibre.