Brick Lane: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 29, 2003 - Fiction - 384 pages
65 Reviews
“A book you won’t be able to put down. A Bangladeshi immigrant in London is torn between the kind, tedious older husband with whom she has an arranged marriage (and children) and the fiery political activist she lusts after. A novel that’s multi-continental, richly detailed and elegantly crafted.” —Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Sisterland

After an arranged marriage to Chanu, a man twenty years older, Nazneen is taken to London, leaving her home and heart in the Bangladeshi village where she was born. Her new world is full of mysteries. How can she cross the road without being hit by a car (an operation akin to dodging raindrops in the monsoon)? What is the secret of her bullying neighbor Mrs. Islam? What is a Hell's Angel? And how must she comfort the naÔve and disillusioned Chanu?

As a good Muslim girl, Nazneen struggles to not question why things happen. She submits, as she must, to Fate and devotes herself to her husband and daughters. Yet to her amazement, she begins an affair with a handsome young radical, and her erotic awakening throws her old certainties into chaos.

Monica Ali’s splendid novel is about journeys both external and internal, where the marvelous and the terrifying spiral together.
 

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This was an interesting look at the life of a Bengali woman, Nazneen, who moves to London after her marriage to a much older man. I especially liked the parts which described her childhood in a small ... Read full review

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Great set of characters in this novel. Nazeen a young Muslim girl who has decided to allow fate to dictate her life but really struggles with that because what is right and what is wrong is not so ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
16
Section 3
33
Section 4
54
Section 5
74
Section 6
81
Section 7
103
Section 8
126
Section 13
201
Section 14
210
Section 15
237
Section 16
261
Section 17
287
Section 18
305
Section 19
324
Section 20
326

Section 9
143
Section 10
151
Section 11
170
Section 12
177
Section 21
349
Section 22
371
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About the author (2003)

Monica Ali has been named by†Granta†as one of the twenty best young British novelists. She is the author of†In the Kitchen, Alentejo Blue, and†Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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