Anita and Me Anita and Me which has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of Meena the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the British village of Tollington With great warmth and humor Meer

  • Title: Anita and Me
  • Author: Meera Syal
  • ISBN: 9781565845299
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Anita and Me, which has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, tells the story of Meena, the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the British village of Tollington With great warmth and humor, Meera Syal brings to life a quirky, spirited 1960s mining town and creates in her protagonist what the Washington Post calls a female Huck Finn The novel follows nine year oldAnita and Me, which has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, tells the story of Meena, the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the British village of Tollington With great warmth and humor, Meera Syal brings to life a quirky, spirited 1960s mining town and creates in her protagonist what the Washington Post calls a female Huck Finn The novel follows nine year old Meena through a year spiced with pilfered sweets and money, bad words, and compulsive, yet inventive, lies Anita and Me offers a fresh, sassy look at a childhood caught between two cultures.

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    1. Funny, entertaining and compelling semi-autobiographical debut novel from Meera Syal (if a little over nostalgic at times).

    2. Enjoyable and fun to read. Meena is a flamboyant, colourful character. (No pun intended)As a (white) child of about the same vintage, I loved the many clever comic touches and the way she brings that period to life. Skinheads, school closures, failed mining villages, comprehensives, the 11+, Enoch Powell, even the unthinking use of the N word to name a dog or describe a colour, it's all very familiar. For me, the book did a good job of showing that whole experience from a minority viewpoint. We [...]

    3. This story is of a Desi girl growing up in England in a factory town. One line that made me laugh and identify was when she went to Anita's house and realized that the oven could be used for more than storage of fry pans and such.

    4. love it. its british, its about culture, and it has a darling protagonist. plus, there are tons of stories interwoven with the actual story. and its funny. why wouldn't you want to read this book?

    5. I have to say, I became interested in Meera's book after writing my novel 'Winning Ticket'. This is not the place for a plug for my book, save to say that at base, my novel is set in Dudley, in the Black Country and it is about a second generation Sikh and his wife from the Punjab. Eureka! I learned that Meera herself has Sikh Punjabi origins and also hails from a village near to Wolverhampton in the Black Country!This, I believe, was Meera's first book and she draws generously upon her own expe [...]

    6. From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Meera Syal's story about a young girl growing up in the Black Country during the 1970s.

    7. I have adored Meera Syal for years wherever she has turned up, whether she is being an actress, comedienne, cultural commentator or even being Granny on The Kumars at No. 42. Strangely however, I had never read any of her books until now. Still, a combination of hearing that Anita and Me had made it on to the GCSE syllabus and receiving her new book The House of Hidden Mothers on Netgalley made me decide to find out more. I had always had the idea that this was a memoir but although it does fall [...]

    8. I think I started to listen to Anita and Me as a Woman’s Hour serial some years ago. I have a feeling that I didn’t hear the whole story, but that early on, I got irritated by the personality of Meena and couldn’t understand why she lied and stole things, and why she would want to be involved with the highly unsuitable Anita.Of course, this time, I read the whole book, and having put aside those feelings, enjoyed it very much. It wasn’t what I had originally thought - the story of two na [...]

    9. Oh,I loved this book!. The comparison to "To kill a mockingbird" is not misplaced,but the style of writing is different.Anita and Me is hilarious,irreverent,refreshing and poignant all at the same time. This semi-autobiographical book by Meera Syal is about a young immigrant girl growing up in a British mining village in the 60's. Meena (the protagonist) is torn between two cultures: her Punjabi roots and the need to fit into the mainstream Tollington culture. She prefers Fish and Chips to Chapp [...]

    10. This book is a moving portrayal of growing up in the 70s as a nine year old Indian girl. It touches on personal subjects such as racism, the usual subjects of insecurities, friendships etc and the environmental changes in the day – a motorway being built through the middle of their village. I like Meera’s moving way with words – talking about her new baby brother - “I disliked him on first sight, a scrawny, yowling thing with a poached egg of a face, his long fingers clinging gekko-like [...]

    11. I started reading this book in Zanzibar while on holiday in early November. I had expected the book to be a lightly comic take on how Indian a young Punjabi immigrant felt alongside her glamorous white English neighbour however the book tricked me by being a much better story than that. It did follow a young girl turning into a woman growing up in a Northern village and feeling very much the outsider but if you ask me her Nationality or skin colour had very little to do with it.A universal tale [...]

    12. This was better than I was expecting it to be after reading another of her novels(Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee). This story is about growing up in Britain as about the only Asian family in the community. She is desperate to be accepted by Anita, the tough gang leader who seems happy enough to let the younger kids follow her. But our heroine soon realises that Anita is not as cool as she thought and then starts to feel the sting of racism from former friends. Not a bad read. It was interesting th [...]

    13. A great read. It often feels like a memoir. Our protagonist is the only Indian family in a backwater English town in the 60's. We meet Meena, the feisty and smart ten year old, who falls under the sway of Anita, a tough piece of work to say the least. Meena goes hot and cold about Anita, but can't escape her bad influence. Threaded throughout are both the relatives (their influence, even those 5000 miles away is always present) and the characters in the village. They provide the picture of a cha [...]

    14. I wanted to love this book, as I really did enjoy Syal's imagery, and interwoven metaphors & similes to describe her observations about her life. There are some truly wonderful pages that ignite one's imagination and give you a sense into the child-like perceptions Syal must have had as a child. Plus, I really did gain an insight into the complexities of Indian relatives and her attempts to reconcile her British and Indian heritage. Yet I felt sorely disappointed with the book as a whole. Th [...]

    15. I read this after watching the movie version on Netflix. The movie was quite funny, and touching. The book ls all that and more. Definitely worth reading. It will stick with me for awhile.

    16. Anita and Me by Meera Syal is actually one of those books where I found out it existed by seeing the film adaptation first. I am sometimes a little weary of reading books after I’ve already seen the film because film adaptations tend to alter somewhat from the novels themselves and I enjoyed the film thoroughly and didn’t want to end up being disappointed with it once I had finished the book.It has actually been sat on my bookshelf for about three years, never seemingly managing to get aroun [...]

    17. Meera Syal and her family lived in a former mining village near Wolverhampton where they were the only British-Indian family. Meena Kumar, her protagonist and narrator, is in the same situation. The depiction of the Kumar family and the community they live in is excellent. They are a part of the village, but their wide circle of friends come from the British-Asian diaspora. Many of the characters are probably based on people Meera knew. (There are three other non-white children in Meena's class [...]

    18. My BookCrossing review - bookcrossing/journal/6I enjoyed this book, and thought it gave a good view into life as an outsider, who feels they don't quite fit in. It was a perfect book for the Two Worlds Virtual Book Box, as Meena felt at home both in the local children's street culture as well as the Indian community, speaking Brummy slang with the best of them yet unable to speak Punjabi, longing for fish fingers yet enjoying her relatives' cooking too. With a foot in both camps, she felt totall [...]

    19. I read this as it's just been introduced to the AQA literature specification and I want to see if it would be a good option to teach. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.Told from the point of view of a young Indian girl, Meena, it tells the story of her struggle to grow up in a faltering mining town just outside Wolverhampton. It is apparently semi-autobiographical so it is no wonder that the voice of Meena is authentic and captures beautifully the innocent voice of childhood being slo [...]

    20. I picked up “Anita and Me” from a local charity shop several weeks ago. Like many people I knew of Meera through her TV appearances, but I hadn’t noticed that she had turned her hand to writing novels and screenplays. I saw the film version of the book several years ago and remember Meera playing a part, but had not noticed that she had actually written it. Having seen the film I knew the basic premise of the story – a young Indian girl growing up in a small west midlands town in the ear [...]

    21. This is book #59 in our 2016 Read-aloud List.We saw the movie based on the book on Acorn, and were charmed by the story and the character of Meena. It interesting to see what was included and what was left out in the transition from book to movie I just checked: Meera Syal did write the scene play for the movie version. Myra Syal also plays Meena's Auntie Shaila.)From the burb:Anita and Me, which has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird, tells the story of Meena, the daughter of the only Punj [...]

    22. I wouldn't say there was a plot to this book, but I also wouldn't say that it really needed one. The story centers around Meena, a girl whose parents immigrated to England from India and is having to deal with the prejudices of a town that doesn't really accept them. There is some entertainment within these pages, just as there are some touching moments and memorable sections that will stay with me for a while. All those things said, I don't know that I really bonded with the book the way some r [...]

    23. Read this a while ago and realised how relevant it is especially in the context of BREXIT and the racial undertones and overtones so prevalent in the UK today. it also goes a long way in highlighting the way in which the Asian community has become entrenched in the UK with second and third generations of Asians having slowly becoming part-and-parcel of mainstream UK culture. the Balti houses on most High Streets are testimony to that. the book captures the psyche of the diaspora and as a 2nd gen [...]

    24. Anita and Me is the thinly-disguised autobiography of Meera Syal who grew up as the only non-white child in her village in the Midlands* of England in the 1960s and 70s. Of course I don’t know exactly how much was changed but if the name change is typical, it can’t be much – the main character’s name is Meena. There’s a point where a hospital nurse tells her, “I can’t pronounce your name, I’ll just call you Mary” and I thought – What? Can’t pronounce Meena? And it’s nothi [...]

    25. I read this book as it appears on the list of texts that are recommended to replace older texts such as 'Of Mice and Men' and 'To Kill a Mockingbird', inspiring thought on race and equality. The book certainly looks at those issues in modern Britain. Set in Wolverhampton in the 1970's, it follows a girl called Meena from a Punjabi family through some important childhood years. Meena sees herself as different, not quite fitting into either Punjabi or English. She finds similarities and acceptance [...]

    26. I had a lot of fun reading about Meena, who is somewhat larger than life in her small ex-mining village. Both her family, her Indian Aunties and Uncles, and her Tollington neighbours were so lovingly and vivdly rendered that I really felt that I knew them and would know how they would react in any new situation put before them, that I might almost recognise them if I met them on the street. Growing up is hard, and this was conveyed by Syal in sometimes excruciating detail. Meena is so lovable, a [...]

    27. I saw the film of Anita and Me I think fairly soon after it came out. I remember I enjoyed it, and unless a lot of stuff went over my head, it was a lot lighter and softer than the book. This was a darker, more meditative journey than I expected, with an entirely different focus.I remember finding the film more satisfying as a narrative, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing, given the genre. Anita and Me is a (presumably) authentic excerpt from someone’s life. It doesn’t have to be satis [...]

    28. 2007 bookcrossing journal:I really enjoyed it; I'm definately going to have to look out for other books by Syal now.Anita was such a little monster - I know she had a tough time with her mother and no one expecting anything of her, but even so, I ended up having no sympathy for the little beast.It was a great story, written in such an engaging way. And there were some funny episodes. The family Punjabi word for poo (wo wo) and them laughing about that woman on Up Pompei saying woe, woe and thric [...]

    29. Anita and Me was recommended to me by my mum, at the start of the summer, and I had intended to finish it by the end, but other books nudged their way ahead. However, a month and a bit later I had read it, and I am very glad that in the end I did get round to it, as it was a funny, original and eye-opening book. Syal artfully captures 'the essence' of childhood, friendship, and of Indian/Brummy culture. As a 'Brummy' teenager, growing up in the twentieth century, it was really interesting to rea [...]

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