Anita and Me

by Meera Syal | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0006548768 Global Overview for this book
Registered by inkognitoh of London, Greater London United Kingdom on 5/18/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by inkognitoh from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Purchased second hand for a penny on I hope to really enjoy this book. It is the story of a little growing up as the only Punjabi family in the village and how she aspired to be just like her friend Anita. Let the clash of the cultures begin!

Journal Entry 2 by inkognitoh at London, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I started reading this book in Zanzibar while on holiday in early November. I had expected the book to be a lightly comic take on how Indian a young Punjabi immigrant felt alongside her glamorous white English neighbour however the book tricked me by being a much better story than that. It did follow a young girl turning into a woman growing up in a Northern village and feeling very much the outsider but if you ask me her Nationality or skin colour had very little to do with it.

A universal tale of differences, of growing up, of awkward families and acceptance. About finding your own voice and your own style as you make your way in the world. This book gave me more of an insight into Northern villages than it did about immigrant families and I liked it all the more for that.

A really interesting glimpse into a period of recent British history which I had initially thought was autobiographical but it was much classier than that. The humour within was less 'black and white minstrel' and more blackly wry, dark and gritty, just the way I like it. It turned the tables and often laughed with but sometimes at the protagonist but no matter who it was focussed on, it remained sharp and brittle.

Released 8 yrs ago (1/13/2011 UTC) at La Soiree, Southbank Big Top in South Bank, Greater London United Kingdom


Left on a table in the foyer bar area during the intermission of Wednesday night's performance. I was there celebrating my birthday and really enjoyed the whole experience.

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