Although the story covers some difficult topics it is an easy read due to its not being too ‘wordy’; Kureishi manages to make his point very concisely and leaves a lot for the reader to interpret. I would recommend this story to people from the age of 15 and up, as it gives a balanced insight into the variety of identities and cultures people have and how we all have a common desire to be valued and acknowledged as part of society.
The way in which the story ends may be seen as a disappointment by some readers; however I thought it was realistic and portrayed a common consequence of how intolerance and ignorance, from both sides, can destroy a relationship; even a bond a strong as father and son. As Parvez says: “We were not father and son – we were brothers! Where has he gone?”