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Greetings from Bury Park: A Memoir

by Sarfraz Manzoor

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I expected more of a Springsteen connection in this book than what I got. While it's a nice memoir of a Pakistani coming of age in modern Britian, I felt a bit gypped by the promise of "how Springsteen changed his life" description on the book which the author never quite fully delivered. Yes, Springsteen played a role in his formative years, but all in all - it's not what I expected. Still, an interesting read, but I doubt I'll be sending it off to my friend, a huge Springsteen fan, as asked. It's not all the exciting. Perhaps I'll register it with bookcrossing and release it on the boardwalk in Asbury Park. ( )
  marcinyc | Jun 28, 2008 |
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Sarfraz Manzoor was two years old when, in 1974, he emigrated from Pakistan to Britain with his mother, brother, and sister. Sarfraz spent his teenage years in a constant battle, trying to reconcile being both British and Muslim, trying to fit in at school and at home. But it was when his best friend introduced him to the music of Bruce Springsteen that his life changed completely. From the age of sixteen on, after the moment he heard the harmonica and opening lines to “The River,” Springsteen became his personal muse, a lens through which he was able to view the rest of his life. Both a tribute to Springsteen and a story of personal discovery, Greetings from Bury Park is a warm, irreverent, and exceptionally perceptive memoir about how music transcends religion and race.

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In this perceptive, timely memoir Manzoor retraces his journey from Lahore to Luton to Ladbroke Grove. Set against the turbulent backdrop of a changing Britain and spanning three decades this is how it feels to not quite belong. 'Greetings from Bury Park' illuminates the hidden joys and public agonies of being a Pakistani Muslim.… (more)

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