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Brick Lane

Brick Lane

  • Title: Brick Lane
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  • ISBN : 9780385604840
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 416 pages


Nazneen s inauspicious entry to the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a Bangladeshi village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu Her life in London s Tower Hamlets is, on the surface, calm For years, keeping house and rearing children, she does what is expected of her Yet Nazneen Nazneen s inauspicious entry to the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a Bangladeshi village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu Her life in London s Tower Hamlets is, on the surface, calm For years, keeping house and rearing children, she does what is expected of her Yet Nazneen walks a tightrope stretched between her daughters embarrassment and her husband s resentments Chanu calls his elder daughter the little memsahib I didn t ask to be born here, says Shahana, with regular finality Into that fragile peace walks Karim He sets questions before her, of longing and belonging he sparks in her a turmoil that reflects the community s own he opens her eyes and directs her gaze but what she sees, in the end, comes as a surprise to them both While Nazneen journeys along her path of self realization, a way haunted by her mother s ghost, her sister Hasina, back in Bangladesh, rushes headlong at her life, first making a love marriage , then fleeing her violent husband Woven through the novel, Hasina s letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity


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the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003 Ali was voted Granta s Best of Young British Novelists on the basis of the unpublished manuscript.She lives in South London with her husband, Simon Torrance, a management consultant They have two children, Felix born 1999 and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