Tuesday 28 March 2017

Book Review: The Nothing by Hanif Kureishi

Title: The Nothing
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication Date: 2 May 2017
Pages: 173
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Literary Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Waldo, a feted filmmaker, is confined by old age and ill health to his London apartment. Frail and frustrated, he is cared for by his lovely younger wife, Zee. But when he suspects that Zee is beginning an affair with Eddie, 'more than an acquaintance and less than a friend for over thirty years,' Waldo is pressed to action: determined to expose the couple, he sets himself first to prove his suspicions correct - and then to enact his revenge.

Written with characteristic black humour and with an acute eye for detail, Kureishi's eagerly awaited novella will have his readers dazzled once again by a brilliant mind at work.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Having enjoyed previous Kureishi novels, I was keen to see what this one would offer, and I wasn't disappointed. I couldn't help but smile at Waldo's plans and thoughts as he watches another man move in on his wife and into his home. The Nothing offers beautiful character portrayals and Kureishi's usual blend of humour and urban anxiety. It's a quick but fulfilling read that will satisfy fans of his works and readers looking for a short literary fiction fix.

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