[Epub] ↠ The Last Taboo Author Bali Rai – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Last Taboo This book was amazing, i couldn t let go of it and read it withing 3hours such an amazing novel A very interesting look at the racism that exists between some Asian and some black communities.Seventeen year old Simran fancies Tyrone, a boy from a neighbouring school, the first time she sees him It turns out he fancies her back, and after making him work for it a little, they begin to date But there s one problem Tyrone is black, and Simran is Asian A lot of people in her community whether Asian, black, or white, disagree with interracial dating, including some members of her own ext A very interesting look at the racism that exists between some Asian and some black communities.Seventeen year old Simran fancies Tyrone, a boy from a neighbouring school, the first time she sees him It turns out he fancies her back, and after making him work for it a little, they begin to date But there s one problem Tyrone is black, and Simran is Asian A lot of people in her community whether Asian, black, or white, disagree with interracial dating, including some members of her own extended family There is particular tension between members of the local Asian and black communities, with fights breaking out between some youths on either side Simran has to decide whether she wants to face up to the prejudice and how to deal with it, even if it means going against members of her own family.I thought this book was topical and dealt with a difficult and complex issue without preaching I liked that both Simran and Tyrone were typical teenagers, they weren t saint like heroes fighting prejudice, they were regular teenagers who fancy one another and have the misfortune to run into racist attitudes and then have to work out how the hell to deal with it They both made mistakes and said stupid things as well as smart things, which made themrealistic and sympathetic I liked Simran s mum, dad, and older brother David, who also has to deal with racism as his best friend is black and some of his cousins are racist Simran s grandfather, who hasof a role at the very end of the book, was awesome too, I want to adopt him The love stuff was a little bit eye roll inducing but typical teenage first love stuff I m just old and cynical I liked Tyrone as well, it would have been cool to getof his side of the story in addition to Simran s and David s.I also like that this book shows that while friendship and love can overcome racism, it does still exist, and in many forms Simran Likes Tyrone From The Moment She Spots Him In The Crowd He S Gorgeous And He Won T Take No For An Answer There S Just One Problem Tyrone Is Black And Simran S Not Sure How Her Family Will React Even Though Her Parents Were A Love Match And Married Each Other Against The Wishes Of Their Families, Simran Doesn T Think They Will Approve Of Her Having A Black Boyfriend, And Her Nightmare Uncles And Aunts Certainly Won T Like Her Cousin Ruby Says, It S The Last TabooBut Simran Likes Tyrone Too Much To Walk Away, So They Face The Problems Their Relationship Causes Together But It Becomes Harder Than Either Of Them Predicted And When The Hatred They Encounter Escalates Into Violence, With Families And Friends Turning Against Each Other, Simran And Tyrone Are Forced To Question Whether They Are Strong Enough To Fight For What They Believe In 3.5 starsI picked this up as it seemed like a classic YA that I should have already read by now I ve been putting off reading it for literally years but I finally decided to read it, and I m glad I did Yes, it has that early noughties cringe teenage writing that is very outdated now but the story was still strong and has a lovely meaning It still feels real, despite the cringeworthy language Also I was even surprised by the ending A good read that I d definitely recommend to younger teens 3.5 starsI picked this up as it seemed like a classic YA that I should have already read by now I ve been putting off reading it for literally years but I finally decided to read it, and I m glad I did Yes, it has that early noughties cringe teenage writing that is very outdated now but the story was still strong and has a lovely meaning It still feels real, despite the cringeworthy language Also I was even surprised by the ending A good read that I d definitely recommend to younger teens It s also great to read a YA love story that isn t from a white, very Western point of view Simran comes from quite a modern Punjabi family, her own parents had to fight disapproval over their own marriage and seem laid back and very non traditional It then comes as a shock to simran when she falls in love with Tyrone who just happens to be black she comes up against shocking prejudice from her own extended family especially her own cousins who you would think being brought up in multicultural nation would be ok It is quite an eye opener to realise that racism is not just between bla Simran comes from quite a modern Punjabi family, her own parents had to fight disapproval over their own marriage and seem laid back and very non traditional It then comes as a shock to simran when she falls in love with Tyrone who just happens to be black she comes up against shocking prejudice from her own extended family especially her own cousins who you would think being brought up in multicultural nation would be ok It is quite an eye opener to realise that racism is not just between black and white but can rear its ugly head anywhere As the couple get closer they run intoproblems, there has already been violent outbursts amongst the 2 different cultures It seems as if no one is happy about this match and the violence starts to get out of hand with a very shocking ending I found this book to be a bit slow starting and took me a while to get into the characters but towards the end especially when the older generations started to get involved it really took off A quick read I wasn t too impressed by this book, compared to un arranged marriage I was distracted by the shift in voice between the segments Simran and David in the first person, but the cousins s and the grandfather s passages in the third I can t help feeling there s a lack of balance, or at least a lack of focus, because of this I feel that the oversimplification of the other side, detracts from the complexity of the issue It s easy to perceive the cousins uncles as types rather A quick read I wasn t too impressed by this book, compared to un arranged marriage I was distracted by the shift in voice between the segments Simran and David in the first person, but the cousins s and the grandfather s passages in the third I can t help feeling there s a lack of balance, or at least a lack of focus, because of this I feel that the oversimplification of the other side, detracts from the complexity of the issue It s easy to perceive the cousins uncles as types rather than characters, representing only hatred and agressive behavior, without explaining the whys and wherefores of this phenomenon In the end it s not clearly explained how the uncles cousins are intolerant while Simran s father brother aren t How can this be, given the understanding nature of the grandfather I can interpret the cousins, whose actions are guided by the Desi Posse code, foron this, see Gautam Malkani s Londonstani , but the matter of the uncles remains undeciphered, given the concluding revelation of the grandfather s personality I found this an excellent story It s a quick read and when I got towards the end I couldn t have put it down if I d tried I found it quite gripping as events unfolded The race issues gave me much to think about as the things that happen in the book could and probably do really happen I really got involved with the characters I very much liked Simran s parents with the calm way they treated the situation when they became aware of her new boyfriend and the fact that they did show dissaproval I found this an excellent story It s a quick read and when I got towards the end I couldn t have put it down if I d tried I found it quite gripping as events unfolded The race issues gave me much to think about as the things that happen in the book could and probably do really happen I really got involved with the characters I very much liked Simran s parents with the calm way they treated the situation when they became aware of her new boyfriend and the fact that they did show dissaproval of the language that they used I can see the appeal of this book, and I think it s a useful book to have around teenagers, but I m a bit above the age range it s targeted at I d recommend this book to teenagers who haven t had any kind of exposure to racial tension because I think it s very sobering, and I liked the fact that we saw things from the point of view of the attackers as well, just to get a balanced viewpoint.So yes, not for me, but excellent for teenagers. Love It g r i folkeskolens ldste klasse i London sammen med veninde Lisa De er begge to engelske, f ler sig engelske, men Simrans familie kommer fra Indien, fordi hendes farfar immigrerede til England Simrans mor og far har ogs opdraget Simran som en engelsk pige med engelske rettigheder, men den indiske familie i London, der str kker sig ud over for ldrene f tre, kusiner, onkler og tanter, g r meget op i indiske traditioner, normer og religion Helt ga g r i folkeskolens ldste klasse i London sammen med veninde Lisa De er begge to engelske, f ler sig engelske, men Simrans familie kommer fra Indien, fordi hendes farfar immigrerede til England Simrans mor og far har ogs opdraget Simran som en engelsk pige med engelske rettigheder, men den indiske familie i London, der str kker sig ud over for ldrene f tre, kusiner, onkler og tanter, g r meget op i indiske traditioner, normer og religion Helt galt er det for dem, hvis indere kommer sammen med sorte, og det g r Simrans far, da hans bedste ven er sort.Derfor bevarer Simrans det ogs som en hemmelighed, da hun bliver forelsket i Tyrone, der er sort Simran ser en dejlig, charmerende fyr, ikke en sort fyr, men hun er meget i tvivl om hendes for ldre bliver dobbeltmoralske, hvis hun fort ller at hendes f rste rigtige k reste er sort Der g r dog ikke lang tid inden Simrans onkel og tante finder ud af det, og s bryder helvede l s ikke hjemme hos Simran, men rundt omkring hos alle familiemedlemmerne i London, samt p skolen og ude i byen, hvor indere g r en masse ud af, at man skal holde sig fra sorte.En realistisk love storyBogen er en rigtig romantisk, s d og realistisk love story, som man ikke kan undg at holde af P overfladen er det den s de, p ne pige, der bliver forelsket i den lidt utilpassede slagsbror Da vi kommer l ngere ind i historien, viser det sig, at de passer meget bedre til hinanden, end de egentlig selv havde forestillet sig fra begyndelsen Det er i sig selv rigtig smukt, men det s de og hyggelig bliver selvf lgelig spoleret af alle de religi se problemer, fordommene og bandekrigene.Sk nt med en mandlig forfatter der kan skildre pigetanker og venindeforholdSynsvinklerne skifter lidt for meget for min smag Simrans er klart den nemmeste at identificere sig med, hvilket m ske er lidt pudsigt fordi Bali Rai er en mand Men stor respekt for det, for vi er jo utrolig vant til at kvindelige forfattere kaster sig over drenge som deres hovedpersoner, mens det faktisk er lidt mere tabu, at m nd skriver med piger og kvinder som deres hovedpersoner S netop i en bog, der handler om tabu, synes jeg det er virkelig st rkt og forfriskende, at Bali Rai lykkedes s godt med Simrans tanker, og netop f r skildret en utrolig st rkt venindeskab mellem Simran og Lisa.For mange bipersonerVi hopper ogs over til David, det er Simrans bror, n r bandeproblemerne skal tegnes op, og det bliver lidt problematisk fordi David ikke rigtig ved hvor han vil hen med sit liv, og bliver en lidt utydelig klon af Simran Der er ogs en del tilbageblik til Simrans farfar, da han begyndte som gr nthandler i London sidst i 70 erne Alt sammen for at give os en helhed, s vi bedre kan forst For mig blev det dog mere vildledende for der er s mange bipersoner med n vnt ved indiske navne, som man ikke kan huske, man har h rt om eller ej.Uddrag af Det sidste tabu Far Han s p mig og derefter p baconpakken i hans h nd Vi m hellere k be det billige Ellers sl r din mor mig ihjel Jeg sl r dig ihjel om lidt S du det par Han s sig omkring, men de var g et ned ad den n ste gang Hvad for et par Han lagde luksusbaconen tilbage og tog en pakke almindeligt bacon Nogle gange er du alts h bl s Der var en indisk kvinde med en sort mand, forklarede jeg Og Han gik over til disken med p l g Det er da ret ualmindeligt, ik Han trak p skuldrene Sikkert Kan Jay bedst lide skinke eller kylling Far Hvad er det De er sammen og hvad s Det gik op for mig, at jeg var alt for gennemskuelig Jeg t nkte bare p , om de f r en masse b vl med andre andre indere Det kan godt v re, svarede han og tog et l s kyllingep l g.Lun feel good fornemmelse Det sidste tabu er en rigtig god bog, som jeg hele tiden havde lyst til at l se videre i Det st rke er realismen i b de Simran og Tyrones forhold og i Simran og Lisas gode venindeskab Dialogerne er ogs lige s hyggelige, sjove og sm drillende, som de er, n r man i virkeligheden taler med sine venner og veninder Det giver bare en lun feel good fornemmelse, n r Lisa kan kalde Simran for dumme ko , uden at Simran tager det ilde op og bliver forn rmet Det beviser ogs hvor gode veninder de er Da jeg intet kender til raceproblemer mellem indere og sorte i England, kan jeg ikke udtale mig om hvor udbredt problemet er nu i 2012, men det m jo v re ganske stort, n r Bali Rai ofte fort ller hvordan politiet bliver indblandet i bandekrigene Derfor var det ogs dejligt at l re noget nyt.Kunne v re sp ndende at debattereMan kan hurtigt f r det til at lyde forkert, hvis man siger at en bog kunne v re god til undervisningsbrug i folkeskolen, for danskl rerne v lger ofte s dan nogle kedelige b ger, som de elskede fra deres egen skoletid Men det er ogs derfor Det sidste tabu kunne v re god at l se i klassen, for den handler om vores tid her og nu, og den skildrer bare s mange f lelser, b de pigernes og drengenes, at alle kan finde nogen at identificere sig med.Bali Rai l gger ikke skjul p at han nsker det sidste tabu nedbrudt, men derudover er der heller ikke nogle bedrevidende og moraliserende pegefingre n r drengene sl s og pigerne sviner hinanden til, og det er faktisk rigtig rart, for det skaber et stort rum og en respekt for, at man som l ser godt kan danne sig sin egen mening Det er ogs derfor bogen kunne v re sp ndende at debattere i en klasse Der er ikke n sandhed, der er mange Ligesom i alt andet her i livet


About the Author: Bali Rai

Bali Rai was born in 1971 and grew up in Leicester As a child, Bali wanted to be a footballer or to write stories Always an avid reader, he hails Sue Townsend, Douglas Adams and Robert Swindells as his writing heroes Bali grew up reading Dr Seuss and Meg and Mog and his first book purchase was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe He realised he wasn t good enough to play for Liverpool F.C and after gaining a politics degree in London he returned to his home city and combined a variety of jobs in pubs and clubs with completing his first novel Bali set about writing a story he had been thinking about for many years He wanted to write accessible material for children of all ages and backgrounds and realising there were no British Asian authors writing for children, he saw a gap Bali hopes his novels capture the unique ethnic mix of the UK, of which he is proud to be a part Bali writes stories inspired by his working class Punjabi Sikh background, but his aim was always that his writing should be enjoyed by readers everywhere, irrespective of class or culture His has the ability to tackle the harsh realities of growing up in the UK and blend this with humour and often a overriding optimism Bali visits schools and libraries in every major UK city, averaging 70 school and library events a year.His first book, un arranged marriage, created a huge amount of interest and won many awards, including the Angus Book Award and the Leicester Book of the Year It was also shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase first novel award Rani and Sukh and The Whisper were both shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize All of Bali s teen titles have been short listed for awards across the UK, including twice making the Booktrust Teenage Prize shortlist His third novel Rani and Sukh has represented the UK at the International IBBY awards and this title has its own Facebook tribute group set up by fans Bali s first three novels appear in The Ultimate Teenage Book Guide Bali also writes shorter novels for Barrington Stoke, his first book, Dream On, was selected for the Booktrust s inaugural Booked Up list He also writes the hugely popular Soccer Squad series for younger readers.


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