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Alentejo Blue

Alentejo Blue

  • Title: Alentejo Blue
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  • ISBN : 9780743293037
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 304 pages


Alentejo Blue is the story of a village community in Portugal, told through the lives of men and women whose families have lived there for generations and some who are passing through For Teresa, a beautiful girl not yet twenty, Mamarrosa is a place from which to escape For the dysfunctional Potts family, it is a way of running from trouble though not eluding it Vas Alentejo Blue is the story of a village community in Portugal, told through the lives of men and women whose families have lived there for generations and some who are passing through For Teresa, a beautiful girl not yet twenty, Mamarrosa is a place from which to escape For the dysfunctional Potts family, it is a way of running from trouble though not eluding it Vasco, a cafe owner who has never recovered from the death of his American wife, clings to a notion that his years away from the village, in the States, make him superior One English tourist fantasizes about making a new life in Mamarrosa for her compatriots, a young engaged couple, Mamarrosa is where their dreams fall apart At the opening of Alentejo Blue, an old man reflects on his long and troubled life in this seemingly tranquil place, and anticipates the homecoming of Marco Afonso Rodrigues, the prodigal son of the village and a symbol of the now fast changing world When Marco does finally return, villagers, tourists, and expatriates are brought together, and their jealousies and disappointments inevitably collide


Author Monica Ali

Monica Ali is a British writer of Bangladeshi origin She is the author of Brick Lane, her debut novel, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003 Ali was voted Granta s Best of Young British Novelists on the basis of the unpublished manuscript.She lives in South London with her husband, Simon Torrance, a management consultant They have two children, Felix born 1999 and




Alentejo Blue Reviews (31)

  • This book is a series of short stories with recurring and interconnected characters than it is a novel Here in a tiny town in Portugal, the poorest province in the poorest nation in Western Europe, are assembled a cast of characters who are locals, tourists and migr s, mainly from Britain One would [..]

  • I really liked Monica Ali s debut novel Brick Lane but I was worried before I started reading this It often happens that writers who had a popular debut novel decide to stick to the formula and produce book club pleasing watered down versions of their debut Luckily, that s not the case here Monica A [..]

  • A remarkable book about the Blue Alentejo which is located in the Portuguese South West Region It s called blue because most of the local houses in this part of Alentejo are white with blue stripes I also reckon that is called blue because of the fantastic blue skies and the sea which is not far fro [..]

  • Horrible book If possible I would have given it zero stars It felt like the author had all these characters in her head and just spit out random thoughts about each character forgetting that the reader didn t know Most of the time it seemed like she forgot there was a reader at all It was a painful [..]

  • At first I was concerned that this was going to be the Portuguese equivalent of those books about someone spending a year in Tuscany where it s always sunny and the locals are charming and colourful, so this gets bonus points for being interesting than that On the other hand it s very episodic basi [..]

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