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Brick Lane

Brick Lane

  • Title: Brick Lane
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  • ISBN : 9780743243315
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 432 pages


A captivating read from a debut novelist, Brick Lane brings the immigrant milieu of East London to vibrant life With great poignancy, Ali illuminates a foreign world her well developed characters pull readers along on a deeply psychological, almost spiritual journey Through the eyes of two Bangladeshi sisters the plain Nazneen and the prettier Hasina we see the divergen A captivating read from a debut novelist, Brick Lane brings the immigrant milieu of East London to vibrant life With great poignancy, Ali illuminates a foreign world her well developed characters pull readers along on a deeply psychological, almost spiritual journey Through the eyes of two Bangladeshi sisters the plain Nazneen and the prettier Hasina we see the divergent paths of the contemporary descendants of an ancient culture Hasina elopes to a love marriage, and young Nazneen, in an arranged marriage, is pledged to a much older man living in London Ali s skillful narrative focuses on Nazneen s stifling life with her ineffectual husband, who keeps her imprisoned in a city housing project filled with immigrants in varying degrees of assimilation But Ali reveals a bittersweet tension between the two kinds of love Nazneen and her sister experience that which begins full and overflowing, only to slowly dissipate, and another which emerges like a surprise, growing unexpectedly over years of faithful commitment Both of these loves have their own pitfalls Hasina s passionate romance crumbles into domestic violence, and Nazneen s marriage never quite reaches a state of wedded bliss.Though comparisons have drawn between Ali and Zadie Smith, a better comparison might be made between this talented newcomer and the work of Amy Tan, who so deftly portrays the immigrant experience with empathy and joy


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for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003 Ali was voted Granta s Best of Young British Novelists on the basis of the unpublished manuscript.She lives in South London with her husband, Simon Torrance, a management consultant They have two children, Felix born 1999 and




Brick Lane Reviews (31)

  • Could it take me longer to read a book I made myself read this book everyday so I could be done with it and properly hate it.Look at what the NY Review of Books said Ali succeeds brilliantly in presenting the besieged humanity of people living hard, little known lives on the margins of a rich [..]

  • I don t know why they do it but they do it a lot on the title page it says Brick Lane A Novel And there I was expecting this oblong of printed material to be Brick Lane A New Kind of Vacuum Cleaner Anyway Other reviews would have you believe that this book is terrifically boring, beate [..]

  • I would have to force myself to finish reading this book and quite frankly I don t want to Neither like nor care what happens to these characters. [..]

  • I thought this book was really interesting as it gave an insight into being an immigrant in England and it also gave insights into life in Bangladesh Of course, Monica Ali has been scrutinised because she doesn t speak fluent Bangladeshi etc and I know nothing about the being an immigrant myself but [..]

  • There s a good reason that Brick Lane was short listed for the Man Booker award, and was nominated for a whole slew of other prizes too It is just brilliant That doesn t mean that it is necessarily fun to read A 16 year old Bangladeshi girl is married off to a 40 year old guy in London, and goes the [..]

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