The Perfect Gentleman is basically the story of what happens when a boy is raised by his immigrant parents to be “English”, but also doesn’t fit in as the same as everyone else in a lot of ways. And it’s also just the story of a boy growing up and struggling to find himself and what makes him happy. It’s universal and specific all at the same time, and it’s a great story.
I loved the personal narratives, but what really caught my attention in this book was the diversity of the experiences represented (including “mainstream” Muslim experiences as well as those of progressive and even LGBTQ-oriented Muslims).
This is me giving you fair warning: once you pick up The Sultan’s Wife, you’re going to have trouble putting it down.
This is one of those books where I had such high hopes and expectations, and they simply weren’t met.
If you want to read a book about rock music in the Muslim world, this book is it.