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Londonstani by Gautam Malkani

The narrator in Londonstani is Jas, a teenager who has gone from misfit to being part of a rudeboy gang in West London. Led by Hardjit, a Sikh with violent tendencies, Jas, Ravi, and Amit are sons of south Asian immigrants and they speak a language that's an obscenity-filled mix of English, patois, gangsta rap, text messaging, and Punjabi. They project an image of gangster wannabes, threatening violence, embracing bling and symbols of wealth, cruising in a lilac BMW, and trying to carve out a section of British life from a country that has oppressed their families for years. They also all live at home with their parents. Gautam Malkani's novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Telegraph saying, "Many of what initially seem to be faults are revealed to be strengths; yes, even the off-putting beginning. It's far from a cheery piece of work, but an exhilarating one."
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New Statesman review
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by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

Christian Science Monitor
review by Terry Hong

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by John Freeman

The Independent review
by Suhayl Saadi

The Telegraph review
by Niall Griffiths

San Francisco Chronicle
review by Christine Thomas

The Telegraph review
by Natasha Fairweather

The Guardian review
by Kamila Shamsie

Village Voice review
by Gautam Hans

Sydney Morning Herald
review by Mandy Sayer

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