Brick Lane: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 29, 2003 - Fiction - 384 pages
10 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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Most coming-of-age novels focus on an adolescent learning about life and love for the first time. Ali's debut shows that a 34-year-old mother of two can discover the joys and pains of growing up as ... Read full review

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This book is boring. So so boring. I had to read it for Literature class and this amazes me. It is like a British Soap Opera. I think some people will be entertained by it if they just want to mindlessly idle away their time. It should be abridge 80% then it could get another star or two.

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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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