Marriage Material

Marriage Material To Arjan Banga, Returning To The Black Country After The Death Of His Father, His Family S Corner Shop Represents Everything He Has Tried To Leave Behind But When His Mother Insists On Keeping The Shop Open, He Finds Himself Being Dragged Back, Forced Into Big Decisions About His Imminent Marriage Back In London And Uncovering The History Of His Broken Family The Elopement And Mixed Race Marriage Of His Aunt Surinder, The Betrayals And Loyalties, Loves And Regrets That Have Played Out In The Shop Over Than Fifty Years. So this is the British Asian specifically Sikh small family retailer experience 1960 2010 I bet if I rounded up say ten Goodreaders that would be fun and got you all to er brainstorm oh wait, you can t say that any thought shower is the new term about what might be in a novel about a Sikh cornershop family 1960 2010 based on The Old Wives Tale by Arnold Bennett you d come up with 95% of everything that happens in Marriage Material, which, by the way, is a really crap title There are no surprises Every box is ticked Every expectation is met This is the very bowelly essence of a three star novel Its three starriness is profound Its good heartedness and casual intimacy, like a series of long catch up chats with a dear friend, mean it never topples into two star territory But nor yet does it take wings and soar into the four star skies where swoop the thrilling, dangerous birds of literature It s like the family it describes confined, pinched, harried, penned in by their god damned dreary bloody corner shop The author describes his first novel as a
This is explicitly based on Arnold Bennett s wonderful Old Wives s Tale my review , with a contemporary British Asian twist There s no need to be familiar with OWT in fact, I suggest you read that rather than this It s had pretty good reviews in the broadsheet press, and in terms of plot, it certainly does what it claims, but it lacks the warmth and writing skill of Bennett, it attempts humour, and demonstrates every Asian and shop owning stereotype you can think of The end result is like the novelisation of the BBC sketch show Goodness Gracious Me As both are written by British Asians, it s not for me to criticise the portrayal, but it made me feel a little uncomfortable There is some character development only a bit , but exposition is clunky, and the plot is borrowed, so Sanghera is not an author I ll look out for in future.Note to non Brits re Asian In the UK, Asian is not derogatory and refers to those whose families hail from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh It is not used for those from SE Asia, China, Japan etc.Image British Sikh wedding Source Getty Images StructureIt s a story of three generations of a Sikh family who run a corner shop convenience store in Wolver
Sixty two year old Mr Bains, and his , or less forty five year old wife, Mrs Bains ran a shop in Victoria Road in Wolverhampton where they raised their two daughters, Kamaljit, the oldest, and Surinder, the younger intelligent of the two sisters England was not a friendly place for immigrants from their former colonies and succeeding in the new country took determination and skill on many levels The Sikh religious group were left out when India was partitioned into Pakistan for the Muslim and India for the rest of the people It led to many of them feeling robbed of their rights and moving to England in the hope of establishing their own homeland, with their caste system and culture intact However, within the group there was social differences since many of the lower casts members, like Tanvir Banja, a Chanmar boy, immigrated to England to free themselves of this class discrimination, although Tanvir would be employed by Mr Bains in Bains Stores as a servant again But events would lead to Tanvir managing to get married to Kamaljit of a higher caste, which would free him at last to become the man he alw
This is just so bloody brilliant because it cuts so close to the bone, in creativity, humor n political incorrectness Yes, Sanghera plays up to the stereotypes of the Punjabi community of northern England, but his accounts are based on real life as can be attested by anyone who has lived there for any length of time The community is a subset of the wider immigrant community, maintai
This is my second book from this author and I am a real fan He writes from his own experience as a second generation Asian growing up, escaping and being forced back in Wolverhampton by family ties and culture, which he thought he managed to escape from The story evolves around the family of a typical Asian corner shop, its owner and family and the wider Indian community It s about looking back on how it was to live and grow up both in Enoch Powell s Black Country during he Rivers of Blood riots as well as in the Thatcher s 80s as an Asian kid But prejudice does not only exist in this story between white and Asian and vice versa , but this story takes up the huge problems and inequalities which come with the Indian cast system, which the Asian community clearly has brought with them to the UK It is also about the story of women and girls role, what makes them the best Marriage Material Education in this case is a BAD thing It is easy to read this book and to just stipulate that the problems are all
This took a lot of getting into In fact, it was chapter ten before I actually got my head around the structure of the book and started to enjoy it The second half of the book was great The biggest problem was the time shifting It jumped from the sixties to today but without actually making it clear that this had happened I found myself completely confused at some points and couldn t even remember who the characters were and what position they held in the narrative It s possible that I didn t pay enough attention at the beginning reading back, the information is there but I just couldn t lose myself in the story.The writing is great and the research pays off in that I came away understanding a lot about sikhs than I did before I started.The ending was sudden and left me feeling as though th
an interesting novel looking at 3 generations of a family running a cornershop in the fictional district of blakenfields in wolverhampton from the overly racial tensions of the late 1960 s to the modern day and liked the family dimensions between each family memb
Intensely average said a review on , and I have some sympathy with that The good It gives a lot of insight into British Sikh culture, which I knew nothing about It s a light read, funny in places and touching in others Good research into life in Wolverhampton in the 1960s and 70s, and the modern day parts are vivid and clearly based on personal experience The bad it felt quite shallow, and Sanghera often seemed to be going for cheap laughs Apart from the above, there was nothing really original or surprising here, and after all the rave
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it I grew up in Wolverhampton at much the same time as this book is based and felt foreign enough although I had only moved from Ayrshire so it was really interesting to see things so vividly portrayed from the point of view of an immigrant Sikh family The characters in the novel are so credibly drawn and come to life on the page so that you feel you know them Intere
SATHNAM Sanghera, author of The Boy With The Top Knot, has just become The Man With The Top Notch Novel Under His Belt.For his debut novel, Marriage Material, is an unputdownable and thoroughly rewarding read and not just because it s the most accurate and interesting evocation of cornershop life since the TV sitcom Open All Hours.Like most journalists who write novels, Sathnam majors on authenticity and credibility although it s a work of fiction, everything in it feels like it did happen, or could have happened, and he never resorts to coincidence but supplies us instead with first rate realism.In some ways, the subject matter is bleak cultural in fighting, control freak families, and racism but Sathnam presents it to us so engagingly, so engrossingly, that we can t stop turning the pages.It s ostensibly a tale about a Sikh family running a cornershop in Wolverhampton, set partly in the present and partly in the Sixties and Seventies when Enoch Powell s Rivers Of Blood speech set the cat among the

[[ BOOKS ]] ✫ Marriage Material  Author Sathnam Sanghera –
  • Unknown Binding
  • 416 pages
  • Marriage Material
  • Sathnam Sanghera
  • 09 January 2017
  • 9781471256868