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Brick Lane: A Novel Paperback – 21 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: James Bennett Pty Ltd; Reprint edition (21 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743243315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743243315
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 204 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With its gritty Tower Hamlets setting, this sharply observed contemporary novel about the life of an Asian immigrant girl deals cogently with issues of love, cultural difference and the human spirit. The pre-publicity hype about Brick Lane was precisely the kind to set alarm bells ringing (we've heard it so often before), but, for once, the excitement is fully justified: Monica Ali's debut novel demonstrates that there is a new voice in modern fiction to be reckoned with.

Nazneen is a teenager forced into an arranged marriage with a man considerably older than her--a man whose expectations of life are so low that misery seems to stretch ahead for her. Fearfully leaving the sultry oppression of her Bangladeshi village, Nazneen finds herself cloistered in a small flat in a high-rise block in the East End of London. Because she speaks no English, she is obliged to depend totally on her husband. But it becomes apparent that, of the two, she is the real survivor: more able to deal with the ways of the world, and a better judge of the vagaries of human behaviour. She makes friends with another Asian girl, Razia, who is the conduit to her understanding of the unsettling ways of her new homeland.

This is a novel of genuine insight, with the kind of characterisation that reminds the reader at every turn just what the novel form is capable of. Every character (Nazneen, her disappointed husband and her resourceful friend Razia) is drawn with the complexity that can really only be found in the novel these days. In some ways, the reader is given the same all-encompassing experience as in a Dickens novel: humour and tragedy rub shoulders in a narrative that inexorably grips the reader. Whether or not Monica Ali can follow up this achievement is a question for the future; it's enough to say right now that Brick Lane is an essential read for anyone interested in current British fiction. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Review

Anne Tyler

"Chicago Star Tribune"

Beautiful and intensely readable.



"Los Angeles Times"

At once sophisticated and innocent, compassionate

and entertaining.



"The New Republic"

Splendid....Daring....Brilliant....Refreshing...."Brick Lane" is a great achievement of the subtlest storytelling.



"The Boston Globe"

"Brick Lane" is as crisp and urgent as a headline....But the true pleasure of this wonderful novel comes from its timeless sense of wonder and affection for the haplessness of human nature.



"Chicago Star Tribune"Beautiful and intensely readable.

Anne TylerI was bowled over by Monica Ali's "Brick Lane."

"Los Angeles Times"At once sophisticated and innocent, compassionateand entertaining.

"The New Republic"Splendid....Daring....Brilliant....Refreshing...."Brick Lane" is a great achievement of the subtlest storytelling.

"The Boston Globe""Brick Lane" is as crisp and urgent as a headline....But the true pleasure of this wonderful novel comes from its timeless sense of wonder and affection for the haplessness of human nature.

Amy Hempel author of "Tumble Home and Reasons to Live" Monica Ali's power as a storyteller, her wisdom and compassionate stance, make this remarkable novel a total-immersion experience. I was quickly taken over by the community, culture, and vision she presents so forcefully.

"The Observer" (London) Warm, shrewd, startling and hugely readable: the sort of book you race through greedily, dreading the last page.

"Evening Standard" (London) The joy of this book is its marriage of a wonderful writer with a fresh, rich and hidden world...written with love and compassion for every struggling character in its pages."

The Sunday Times (London) A humanely forgiving story about love...."Brick Lane" may be Ali's first novel, but it is written with a wisdom and skill that few authors attain in a lifetime.

"Los Angeles Times" At once sophisticated and innocent, compassionate and entertaining.

Anne Tyler I was bowled over by Monica Ali's "Brick Lane."

"The New Republic" Splendid....Daring....Brilliant....Refreshing...."Brick Lane" is a great achievement of the subtlest storytelling.

"The Boston Globe" "Brick Lane" is as crisp and urgent as a headline....But the true pleasure of this wonderful novel comes from its timeless sense of wonder and affection for the haplessness of human nature.

"Chicago Star Tribune" Beautiful and intensely readable.

Los Angeles Times At once sophisticated and innocent, compassionate and entertaining.

Anne Tyler I was bowled over by Monica Ali's Brick Lane.

The New Republic Splendid....Daring....Brilliant....Refreshing....Brick Lane is a great achievement of the subtlest storytelling.

The Boston Globe Brick Lane is as crisp and urgent as a headline....But the true pleasure of this wonderful novel comes from its timeless sense of wonder and affection for the haplessness of human nature.

Chicago Star Tribune Beautiful and intensely readable.

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