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Brick Lane

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Brick Lane by Monica Ali

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2003.

Book Description

Still in her teenage years, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage with a disappointed man who is twenty years older. Away from the mud and heat of her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise block in London's East End. Nazneen knows not a word of English, and is forced to depend on her husband. But unlike him she is practical and wise, and befriends a fellow Asian girl Razia, who helps her understand the strange ways of her adopted new British home. Nazneen keeps in touch with her sister Hasina back in the village. But the rebellious Hasina has kicked against cultural tradition and run off in a 'love marriage' with the man of her dreams. When he suddenly turns violent, she is forced into the degrading job of garment girl in a cloth factory. Confined in her flat by tradition and family duty, Nazneen also sews furiously for a living, shut away with her buttons and linings - until the radical Karim steps unexpectedly into her life. On a background of racial conflict and tension, they embark on a love affair that forces Nazneen finally to take control of her fate. Strikingly imagined, gracious and funny, this novel is at once epic and intimate. Exploring

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552771153
ISBN-10: 0552771155
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 127mm x 31mm)
Pages: 496
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Brick Lane by Monica Ali - Reviewed by (27 May 2011)

Brick Lane by Monica Ali is a true insight in to the cultural differences that reside when immigration occurs to a Western culture. This books takes you on a journey with a family moving to the East of London.

Brick Lane, demonstrates the heartbreaks, challenges and achievements that a family has to endure to settle within the western culture. The way in which Monica Ali writes, means that the reader can deeply empathsise and laugh and cry with the family.

This book is highly recommended as it well writtn and eloquent in its syle. Whilst still maintatining a modernistic twist.

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Author Biography - Monica Ali

was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in England. She is one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists of the decade, Newcomer of the Year at the 2004 British Book Awards and has been nominated for most of the major literary prizes in Britain. Brick Lane was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the George Orwell Prize for political writing and the prestigious Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Internationally there has been similar recognition including, in the United States, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times 'First Fiction' Prize where the book was shortlisted. Monica Ali lives in London with her husband and two children, and is working on her next novel.

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