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By Simon Bendle (Edinburgh, UK) - See all my reviews
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Life, love and women's lib, Bengali-style. A touching, well-written story with more than a hint of Jane Austen about it.
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could have been so much better, May 17, 2012
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the book could have been very good but it didn't go anywhere. characters were well developed but basically the build up to the end fell flat
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Anti-climactic story , January 11, 2012
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This book was ok. I appreciated the flow of the writing--it was easy to read. I didn't find myself caught up on misplaced words like some other books I've read. However, the main events, or what you would expect to be main events, were poorly executed. There was maybe a page devoted to each "main event" with most of the book being devoted to ordinary daily doings. The author would drop the anticlimactic bomb and then move on without spending any time describing the main character's emotions. It was difficult to connect to the story. Also, there were so many things in the book that took place without consequence, so it was almost as if there were no point to inserting the event. The affair elicited no heightened sense of anxiety surrounding the secrecy. It was just flat, like the character's personality.
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In the Kitchen: A Novel by Monica Ali (Paperback - May 11, 2010) (49) Buy new: $16.00 $6.40
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rich and resonant immigrant story , December 12, 2011
By Rebecca Burke "writer/editor" (Midwest, USA) - See all my reviews
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Small Island: A Novel by Andrea Levy (Paperback - March 30, 2010) (88) Buy new: $15.00 $11.13
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What would it be like to be sent to another country where you didn't know the language or another living soul? How would it feel to enter an arranged marriage--with a chubby, frog-faced man two decades older than you? Who lives behind all those windows in the high-rises of public housing? What are their days like? Their dreams? Monica Ali's novel Brick Lane explores these mysteries in the story of a young Bangladeshi girl sent to England to marry a kinsman, sight unseen. Though marked by many tragedies, overall the story is characterized by a sweet flow of love, great humor, and the pulsing energy of a densely knit community.

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and often unintentionally funny. He rails against the ignorance of the British--and those "villagers" his Bengali neighbors--while extolling the wisdom of his beloved English writers. A truly sympathetic character who realises that the forces he's up against are more than an outsider like him can counter. her novel much better than the movie that was made from it.See all my reviews This review is from: Brick Lane: A Novel (Paperback) Monica Ali's much heralded debut in 2003 that promised to unveil the little-known Bengali community in the East London settlement of Brick Lane met with polarised reactions from critics and the reading public alike . and brown. That one of her daughters is the anxious and bewildered girl. Ang (Singapore) . was inspired by her Bengali father's stories about village life. Those elements did work for me in terms of plot and I enjoyed the portrayal of Nazreen's much-older husband who bounces back with each setback that comes his way. She must contend with quite a lot. and patriarchy. they exist. www. the criticisms came fast and furious. and the tensions arising from unemployment and antiMuslim sentiment. And no wonder: it is a rich and resonant depiction of a life that is becoming more and more familiar in its general outlines. especially for non-English-speaking women. the reader needs to decide if it is the writer's or artist's responsibility to represent accurately her subject matter (especially if they deal with specific and minority communities) or if it is her prerogative to write imaginatively and in accordance to her artistic vision. In time their frustration spills off the estate and erupts in a riot on Brick Lane. to the way she romanticised adultery and demonised Islam. There were of course other camps that embraced the love story elements of the plot and applauded the way the marginalised heroine Nazreen learns to take control of her life and free herself from the tyranny of (her belief in) fate that she saw destroy her own mother. from the unimaginable--leaving her family behind and losing a child--to the demeaning--made to trim her husband's corns and toenails. 2011 By J. Brick Lane begins with Nazneen's birth and near-death because of a balky Fate.com/Brick-Lane-Novel-Monica-Ali/product-reviews/0743243315/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_link_8?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=8&showViewpoints=0 2/5 . an immigrant. November 19. Chaucer. as he will helpfully inform you. poor. the experience of being an outsider. From the way Ali squandered her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cast real light on this veiled community by creating stereotypical characters. she has been reborn. Many experts believe that the global tsunami of immigration will be the defining characteristic of the 21st century. is endlessly adaptable. Nazneen. pretentious. Rebecca Burke Author of When I Am Singing to You Help other customers find the most helpful reviews R e port abuse | Pe rm alink Was this review helpful to you? Comment A Woman's Will.amazon. There are other equally rich themes in the novel: the inevitable conflict between first and second generation immigrants. she remains a work in progress. Monica Ali.4/27/13 Amazon. The young men on Nazneen's estate fight among themselves as much as against the white majority culture. and Hardy. and observant. Easy to see how that might comfort an uneducated girl. He's overbearing. religion. Dickens. if you like. you are never safe secondguessing her. Nazneen has been raised to believe that "Fighting against one's Fate weakens the blood" and indeed may even kill you. At the end of the day. She's a vivid storyteller. nor how many books he reads and how many poems he teaches his daughters to recite. particularly after 9/11. born in Bangladesh but raised in England. ensnared by poverty. was short-listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize and named to numerous "best"-lists in England. hard-working. yet more ammunition for the book's naysayers. The heroine. He can also be harsh and unforgiving. By story's end.com: Customer Reviews: Brick Lane: A Novel The British-Bangladeshi author takes up many themes. a middle-aged woman who is no longer willing to be Fate's plaything. while the other the cynical rebel who declares "I did not asked to be born here!" are. kind. no matter how many certificates he accumulates and brandishes like talismans.not least of these the inhabitants of Brick Lane and Bangladeshis at large. which was turned into a controversial BBC drama a few years back. Though she says her book is not autobiographical-she was not married off to a stranger. Whether we know much about the Brick Lanes in our own communities. Brick Lane. but nonetheless slowly beginning to change the character of their new surroundings. most notably the role of destiny in her characters' lives. and no longer truly speaks her father's language--Brick Lane has the feel of authenticity. did not grow up in London. Throughout the story. Nazneen's portly husband Chanu is the Rodney Dangerfield of Brick Lane: he never gets enough respect because he is. populated by people who are adapting (or not).

no matter its fashion. It is an interesting novel that explores identity and the women's role in a society that still practices arranged marriages. she finds comfort in the stability in her life and wonder if what she feels for him is love. And the kind that you don't notice at first. In writing her story in this way. Ali brings a surprising story in Brick Lane by not writing a clichéd story of either love or the life of an Indian woman. unattractive man who is pompous and longwinded.See all my reviews www. 2004 By CincinnatiPOV "Bibliophile" (Cincinnati.com/Brick-Lane-Novel-Monica-Ali/product-reviews/0743243315/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_link_8?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=8&showViewpoints=0 3/5 . Enjoyed it very much. love still occurs. grain by grain. Hasina flees her home in Bangladesh to marry her love. 2011 By PigPen . she introduces people to new ideas the realities facing many (Indian) women today. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews R e port abuse | Pe rm alink Was this review helpful to you? Comment Seeking Love That is True. as a backdrop to her story. It has come under attack for portraying some Bengalis as uneducated and backward. The kind that starts off big and slowly wears away. September 11 happens and the war on terrorism begins. October 3. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews R e port abuse | Pe rm alink Was this review helpful to you? Comment Bengalis in London.amazon. etc. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews R e port abuse | Pe rm alink Was this review helpful to you? Comment 3 of 6 people found the following review helpful Seeking Love That is True. What could be a story focused on the state of Indians during our current political climate. "Have I found love? Is this what love is?" Both do not come to the same conclusion. July 18. Throughout this modern-day love story. a much older. Ohio United States) . It reminds me of the Jhumpa Lahiri books. What is it and how does one find it? Ali introduces. Communicating via letters.See all my reviews This review is from: Brick Lane: A Novel (Paperback) Great story from an interesting perspective. Deaths bring misery to families. however. The answers they find effect their life decisions and ultimately the happiness and freedom they find in life. an accepted definition of love by Indian elders. Japan) . Really easy to get into. Hasina elopes in a love marriage and seems to fall into love naturally while Nanzeen moves to London as part of an arranged marriage and waits for love to grow in her union." Brick Lane starts out seemingly as propaganda for the merits of arranged marriages. 2009 By Patrick Mc Coy (Tokyo. In Brick Lane. Chanu provides for her and treats her kindly. "There are two kinds of love. 2004 By CincinnatiPOV "Bibliophile" (Cincinnati.. Nanzeen marries Chanu.4/27/13 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Amazon. Time moves on and the world changes. Both seem to share in questioning.com: Customer Reviews: Brick Lane: A Novel R e port abuse | Pe rm alink Was this review helpful to you? Comment Enjoyed this book. I feel to run and jump like goat. in fact becomes a tale of love. and Hasina flees that home and finds herself on the go for many years. Eventually though. However. read it in a couple days." That love soon fizzles. but which adds a little bit to itself every day. Instead she confronts real issues and does so in a way that may leave the reader disagreeing with her or the character's decisions..See all my reviews A mazon Verified Purchase (W hat's this?) This review is from: Brick Lane: A Novel (Paperback) I was inspired to read Monica Ali's debut novel Brick Lane. like an oyster makes a pearl. Ohio United States) . that seems you can never use it up and then one day is finished. August 31. Love is happiness. Nanzeen first views her husband in disgust as she grooms him and his home.See all my reviews This review is from: Brick Lane: A Novel (Paperback) Wars occur. July 18. writing to her sister that. the sisters exchange accounts of their lives: new children. new jobs and friends. except instead of middle class academics what we have here is the tenement dwelling underclass in London. Amidst all this. "We have love. the deaths of children. author Monica Ali presents the story of two Indian sisters as they seek love. about Bangladeshis in London by my recent trip to Dhaka. a jewel from the sand.

" Brick Lane starts out seemingly as propaganda for the merits of arranged marriages. is a beautifully written novel that tells the story of a woman named Nazneen. Throughout this modern-day love story. going through her struggles and feeling her pain. love still occurs. and experiencing the emotions of life. What is it and how does one find it? Ali introduces. "Have I found love? Is this what love is?" Both do not come to the same conclusion. Nazneen finally begins to discover the attachment she feels toward her family and the hardships this sense of freedom brings to her. Amidst all this. that seems you can never use it up and then one day is finished.See all my reviews This review is from: Brick Lane: A Novel (Hardcover) Brick Lane. "There are two kinds of love. In writing her story in this way.4/27/13 This review is from: Brick Lane: A Novel (Paperback) Amazon. Chanu provides for her and treats her kindly." That love soon fizzles. by making the choice to start a relationship with this man behind her family's back. in fact becomes a tale of love. an accepted definition of love by Indian elders. September 11 happens and the war on terrorism begins. Obeying the traditions of her culture. What could be a story focused on the state of Indians during our current political climate. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews R e port abuse | Pe rm alink Was this review helpful to you? Comment Highly Recommended. unattractive man who is pompous and longwinded. the deaths of children. Both seem to share in questioning. however. I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy moving love stories.amazon. writing to her sister that. June 10. And the kind that you don't notice at first. new jobs and friends. Nazneen feels out of place and lonely. Ali brings a surprising story in Brick Lane by not writing a clichéd story of either love or the life of an Indian woman. no matter its fashion.. The answers they find effect their life decisions and ultimately the happiness and freedom they find in life.. I feel to run and jump like goat. Deaths bring misery to families. by Monica Ali. she introduces people to new ideas the realities facing many (Indian) women today. as a backdrop to her story. In London. the sisters exchange accounts of their lives: new children. a much older. etc. However. In Brick Lane. Hasina elopes in a love marriage and seems to fall into love naturally while Nanzeen moves to London as part of an arranged marriage and waits for love to grow in her union. "We have love. who comes from a Bangladeshi village. Nanzeen first views her husband in disgust as she grooms him and his home. a jewel from the sand. I was absorbed into the life of Nazneen. grain by grain. The kind that starts off big and slowly wears away.until she meets a man with whom she falls madly in love with. but which adds a little bit to itself every day. Nazneen marries a man that her parents choose for her and is forced to move to London with him. learning about new cultures. Eventually though. and Hasina flees that home and finds herself on the go for many years. Ali's descriptive writing makes one feel as if they are there with the character. She decides to push fate aside and take control of her own life. 2004 By Sophia Mladenov (Fox Point. WI United States) . From the moment I began to read this novel. Instead she confronts real issues and does so in a way that may leave the reader disagreeing with her or the character's decisions.com/Brick-Lane-Novel-Monica-Ali/product-reviews/0743243315/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_link_8?ie=UTF8&pageNumber=8&showViewpoints=0 4/5 . Hasina flees her home in Bangladesh to marry her love. author Monica Ali presents the story of two Indian sisters as they seek love. she finds comfort in the stability in her life and wonder if what she feels for him is love. Communicating via letters. Nanzeen marries Chanu. Time moves on and the world changes.com: Customer Reviews: Brick Lane: A Novel Wars occur. Love is happiness. like an oyster makes a pearl. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews R e port abuse | Pe rm alink Was this review helpful to you? Comment ‹ Previous | 1 … 7 8 9 … 17 | Next › Most Helpful First | Newest First Your Recent History (W hat's this?) www.

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