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Brick Lane (2003)

door Monica Ali

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Set in the gritty Tower Hamlets area of East London, Brick Laneis the story of Nazneen, an Asian immigrant girl and how she deals with issues of love, cultural differences and the human spirit. Nazneen is forced into an arranged marriage with a much older man whose expectations of life are miserably low. When they flee the oppression of their Bangladeshi village for a high-rise block in the East End, she finds herself cloistered and dependent on her husband. It soon becomes apparent that of the two, she is the real survivor and more able to deal with the ways of the world and the vagaries of human behavior. Through her friendship with another Asian girl, she begins to understand the unsettling ways of her new homeland.… (meer)
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This book was shortlisted for the 2003 Man Booker prize and I've had a copy kicking around on my book shelves for at least 5 years so I decided it was time to read it. I really didn't think much of this and I am quite surprised that I managed to finish it. I kept hoping something would happen with the 2 main plot threads but they just fizzled out. I didn't really care for the main character Nazneen, she was very one dimensional compared to the other more colourful characters. I found the whole thing plodding and going nowhere. ( )
  Brian. | Apr 9, 2021 |
I started this book 2 years ago and was not able to get into it.

I started over and this time was able to easily read it. (proving my theory that some books must be read at the right time to really capture me)

A girl from rural Bangladesh is married to a Bengali man 20 yrs her senior and moves to London where he has been living for several years.

Story of learning to fit into different aspects of life: a marriage, a country, a family, and growing ones identity as an independent woman. All this is presented along with hopes and dreams of immigrants.

This is by no means a dark book, but it does paint a pretty dim view (may be a better choice of words is a contemplative or sober view) of the experience. There is not a lot of laughter and sunshine in this book. Yet overall a good read. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
Are we left to our Fates, or can we find our own? Monica Ali explores this tension in her richly imagined novel, one that also imagines a life of safety versus a life of possibility. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
2009 (my review can be found on the LibraryThing post linked)
http://www.librarything.com/topic/54129#1325505 ( )
  dchaikin | Oct 4, 2020 |
Nazneen is uprooted from Bangladesh to London, surrendering to that fate. The novel’s opening scenes entrench this idea of her with little sense of agency: her unexpected survival as a newborn is credited, in her family’s lore, to fate. And as she progresses through the immigrant experience in dowdy Britain, her own motivations are not well filled out. The novel’s other characters are more clear. But not very likeable; Ali’s wry, usually disapproving, detachment is the undertone. The parallel story of the sister back in Bangladesh has more heart, but doesn’t fully fit with the wider novel, and is a little hard to follow. That said, the book’s scenes and experiences are recognisable, so it doubtless does convey contemporary truths, and there are some great descriptions. Best of all, the East End butchers shop (page 419 of the paperback), with random cuts of meat in cluttered array, and the servers’ coats "decently" smeared with blood. ( )
  eglinton | May 28, 2019 |
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AuteursnaamRolType auteurWerk?Status
Ali, Monicaprimaire auteuralle editiesbevestigd
Björkhem, AnnVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Perria, LidiaVertalerSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Risvik, KariOvers.Secundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
Watanabe, KyokoOntwerperSecundaire auteursommige editiesbevestigd
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Set in the gritty Tower Hamlets area of East London, Brick Laneis the story of Nazneen, an Asian immigrant girl and how she deals with issues of love, cultural differences and the human spirit. Nazneen is forced into an arranged marriage with a much older man whose expectations of life are miserably low. When they flee the oppression of their Bangladeshi village for a high-rise block in the East End, she finds herself cloistered and dependent on her husband. It soon becomes apparent that of the two, she is the real survivor and more able to deal with the ways of the world and the vagaries of human behavior. Through her friendship with another Asian girl, she begins to understand the unsettling ways of her new homeland.

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