H. M. Naqvi’s debut novel Home Boy was first published in the United States in September by the Crown Books division of. Praise. One of the Huffington Post’s “10 Best Books of ” “Viciously hilarious, HOME BOY bursts with intelligence and energy and pathos. Home Boy. Husain Naqvi, Author, H. M. Naqvi, Author. Crown/Shaye Areheart $23 (p) ISBN

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The April 3rd Incident. It IS extremely poignant but because the rabid xenophobia whi This is an important story that needed to be told and Naqvi tells it well. I, myself, am fond of New York and deep down inside, I know the city I grew up in and am living in, Karachi, is a lot similar to the Nwqvi Apple.

After a tough beginning, caused by unknown dictionary and set in a world I personally have never been neither in Pakistan, nor in New York, let alone the clubbing scene of Pakistanis in New York the book improved hugely.

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I can honestly say that this sentiment has it right on the money. I live and work in NY, and the change in attitude toward Muslims after September 11 was something that most of us accepted.

I liked how he went a step ahead by incorporating some historical facts about Karachi and about general things of the world in this novel. It remains unclear if Home Boy is parodying the conventions of pop culture or simply propagating them. Although friend might be stretching it a bit. Published August 25th by Crown first published What succeeds here, unexpectedly, is the characters themselves.

Who is this book written for? If any part of this book showed a slam poet’s instinct, it is this second part.

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Chuck is quite possibly the most uninspiring protagonist ever. The first part lasts for around pages and is very difficult to read.


AC’s saintly backstory rings false, but Naqvi doesn’t seem concerned with plausibility. Why should I be concerned about him?

He returns back to Pakistan, but not before he understands the complex nature of human identity. I would divide the plot of Home Boy into three parts: A Ladder to the Sky. Just a moment while we sign you in homebot your Goodreads account.

They cavort and carouse and become part of the fabric of the city where an outsider can become an insider in a matter of weeks. Well worth a read by anyone, particularly those interested in immigrant life in 21st century NY, and the way in which the immigrant round up in the post hysteria affected Muslims, even the most secularized. They are bons vivants.

I HATED the first chapter of this book – I felt like author was trying to show off his literary genius with his big words and abrupt transitions. While working on his novel, he taught writing at Boston University. The Mayor of Casterbridge. When he quit inhe left for Cambridge, Massachusetts where sat in classes at Harvard ‘s English department, pretending to be a student, [2] including James Wood ‘s survey of postwar fiction and Elvis Mitchell ‘s class on contemporary film.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Home Boy avoids sincere or incisive scrutiny of the relationship between social class and oppression. Looking for More Great Reads? Like a dish which after preparation tasted so bland that the cook added chilly powder over it.

So yes, I did feel gagged on the author’s pompous, bombastic language in the first few pages. It announces the debut of an original, electrifying voice in contemporary fiction. The excessive wordy-ness imbues the story with a clumsy rawness which is rather apt so it is okay. Having some exposure to Naqvi’s very early writing, I miss some of his wildest, most lyrical poetic expressions, but even so, every few pages is a marvelously deft use of words.


Feb 16, Kushal Srivastava rated it it was ok Shelves: Jun 17, Swapna rated it did not like it. These grave injustices are brought to light in HM Naqvi’s flamboyant debut novel.

May 16, Ritapa Neogi rated it really liked it. And the class trip to DC?

Home Boy by H.M. Naqvi

Not only are their lives changed, but also of those who knew them or lived around them, and H. Not only uomeboy it where the most seems to actually happen, but it is where the message of the book is most clearly conveyed. Jan 21, Chuck Lowry rated it liked it. They are bons vivants.

Home Boy by HM Naqvi – review

It was as if my reservoir of cool had run dry. They party all night and wake up late.

Then came Osama and everything changed. And this homdboy from the person who is the stand-in, walking nsqvi dictionary for the rest of her family. AC — a cryptonym, short in part for Ali Chaudhry — was a charming rogue, an intellectual dandy, a man of theatrical presence. September 11 reviews. With quite a slow and rather crude start as some reviewer mentioned that the first part was unnecessarily “pretentious hipster narrator” kind with big words that local authors like to use for no good reasonthe story got really interesting somewhere around the middle dropping off the pretentious veil slightly.

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