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Brick Lane - Monica Ali
Brick Lane
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743243315 (0743243315)
ASIN: 743243315
Publisher: Scribner
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Muriellerites
Muriellerites rated it
3.0 Review: BRICK LANE by Monica Ali
Monica Ali's novel, Brick Lane, is based on the story of Nazeen, a sixteen-year old Bangladeshi woman who is married off to a man more than twice her age. They live in a poor immigrant sector of London where her husband Chanu has already established himself. Almost imprisoned in their small flat, sh...
denisebetteridge
denisebetteridge rated it
Worth the time it took to read. Brick Lane is not a difficult read, but if you take the time to read and soak in the descriptions to really get the flavor of the culture, which to many people will probably be unfamiliar, it does slow you down. The story line is interesting as you follow the married ...
Reading with cats
Reading with cats rated it
1.0
Couldn't make it past the poorly written letters from the sister.
Malin
Malin rated it
Brick Lane was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. It's an international bestseller and was turned into a movie in 2007. It's been sitting on my shelf since 2004, and has been moved with my stuff from Scotland to Norway. It was Monica Ali's debut novel, and the cover and first three-four p...
lizpatanders
lizpatanders rated it
When I initially picked up this novel, I had very little idea as to what to expect, but the premise had me intrigued within the first chapter. As I read, I couldn’t help but think, “This feels similar to White Teeth [by Zadie Smith:] in terms of its premise.” I ultimately left the book feeling sati...
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