About The Book
'Goodbye Freddie Mercury is a witty book written with refreshing candor.
In Pakistan, we survive all kinds of deprivation like load-shedding, poverty,the claustrophobic crush of crowds . . . and yet, as Nadia Akbar shows,life and love throb on with unmitigated perseverance'-Bapsi SidhwaLahore is burning. The general elections are right around the corner. Thesummer city rages with the drug-fuelled parties of the oblivious, the richand famous, while campaign posters and rally cries dominate the airwaves.
Bugsy, rock RJ and host of the nation's top English radio show, is youngand fabulous. Seeking more than wealth, fame and prestige, he performsa dangerous favour for an old friend, which plunges him into the darkrecesses of desi politics. Nida, a young college student desperate toescape the oppressive atmosphere of her traditional family home and herconservative college, and still mourning the death of her brother, throwsherself recklessly into the drug-addled arms of Omer Ali, son of the primeminister's right-hand man. As Nida spirals into decadence and Bugsydescends into darkness, their paths cross and sparks begin to fly. Butneither has any idea how treacherous these moments of chemical escapecan be, or how deadly a cocktail they make together.
Nadia Akbar's audacious debut has all the makings of a potboiler-parties,drugs, mysteries, love triangles, political intrigue, power struggles-but itslush, sexy writing has the assuredness and precision of the most acute noirof our time. Told in alternating voices and brimming with sharp observation,Goodbye Freddie Mercury hits the rocks and trails atwist.
|Title:||Goodbye Freddie Mercury||Publisher:||Hamish Hamilton|
“The truth – I’m asking for trouble. Trouble is too damn interesting. Trouble is an integral part of the desi lifestyle. It’s what we do.” Reading Goodbye Freddie Mercury was this experience that is, quite honestly, hard to describe. It started off like this normal, everyday book. Interesting and intriguing, but nothing spectacular. And then, at some point, I looked up and I was hooked, invested and in love. What I mean to say (in non-rambling terms) is that this book GREW ON IMMESNELY. Reading Nadia Akbar’s sharp, earnest writing felt I was right in the middle of a storm, enjoying the rain and trying to hold on to my sense of self as well, instead of being pulled completely into Nida and Bugsy’s story. MY THOUGHTS: 1. Let’s PLEASE talk about that cover, because it. Is. Beautiful. The minute I saw it, I knew I would HAVE to have this book as a part of my collection because it is STUNNING. 2. I finished this book three days ago, and I’m STILL REELING AT THAT ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING ENDING. I did not see it coming, not even from a million miles away and I honestly don’t know what to make of it. HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FUCTION WITH NO CLOSURE ON ONE OF MY FAVOURITE (FICTIONAL) PEOPLE? 3. Goodbye Freddie Mercury is told from the point of view of two people – Nida, a girl grieving the death of her brother and desperate to get away from home and her family, and Bugsy, Pakistan’s star rock RJ, who gets in deep with two warring sides of a political struggle. I loved who they were individually, how they interacted and just their bone deep pain than emanated off the page. 4. Nadia Akbar’s writing, like I mentioned above is truly exceptional. It was sharp and filled with observations of the everyday desi citizen’s life, and about politics, family and life. It shook me to my core, made me think and had me INVESTED in the lives of people I’d never met. 5. I loved the portrayal of Pakistan and its elite... Full Review on A Thousand Words A Million Books