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Brick Lane
Brick Lane
Author: Monica Ali
Nazneen, raised in a Bangladeshi village, carries her sense of fatalism across continents to London, where she is married off to Chanu, a man old enough to be her father. For years she keeps house, cares for her husband, and bears children. But gradually she questions wether fate controls her or wether she has a hand in her own destiny. To her o...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780743260664
ISBN-10: 074326066X
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 541
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

2.9 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 6
This is a superb book. You really feel deeply for the characters. I was glad that it was on the lenghty side as I didn't want it to end.
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Helpful Score: 5
This a fascinating book about a young Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, who is married to a much older Bangladeshi man, and how she adjusts to life with him in London. At first she is not permitted to do much, even leave the apartment, and at the same time receives letters from her sister in Dhaka who is facing limited options as a Muslim woman, too. Nazneed eventually empowers herself to navigate her neighborhood, learn English and take her own job, at the same time falls in love/lust with a young Muslim radical who wants to organize jihad in their community post 9/11.

I really enjoyed this book and I felt I really had a good sense of an immigrant woman's life, and all that it entails.
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Helpful Score: 4
The story centers around a Bangladeshi woman living in London in an arranged marriage, and her sister back home, who has married for love. An interesting contrast of the two lives, the choices that one makes and the other doesn't. Rich characterizations.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a painful book to get through and it's not even that long. I woudln't recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 3
A brilliant, spicy story of longing and obligation. Characters are thoroughly original, and at times quite funny!
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