Look at what the NY Review of Books said:
"Ali succeeds brilliantly in presenting the besieged humanity of people living hard, little-known lives on the margins of a rich, self-absorbed society."
WHO IS THIS CRAZY NUT? You need to read a book like Brick Lane to understand "besieged humanity" or what it's like to live a "hard, little-known" life?
The protaganist moves around ...more
Brick Lane : A Novel
And there I was expecting this oblong of printed material to be
Brick Lane : A New Kind of Vacuum Cleaner
Anyway. Other reviews would have you believe that this book is terrifically boring, beaten only for tediousness by Some Variations in the Major Groups of Plankton of the Kamchatka Peninsula Littoral by R.K. Litkynshovskaya and P.I. Podgorna-Bialaczczka. So why did I really enjoy this novel? Could ...more
I thought the characters were brilliant. They were really interesting and I felt like nearly every one of them added to the story. They ...more
Ali has created a book for those who love the microscopic and want a very detailed picture of a very limited section of space and time. Hold on you might say, this book moves from 1985 and Nazneen’s arrival in England all the way u ...more
But Nazneen is not me. She's a village girl without education and more importantly, the confidence education brings to a traveller navigating a foreign world.
I snacked with her in the dead of night ...more
Her husband, Chanu, is kind and very talkative. They live in a dingy flat on an estate where she makes friends with some other Bangladeshi women. Her world is narrow and small, consisting of the flat and Br ...more
My favorite quotes from "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali
Amma said to her daughters: "If God wanted us to ask questions, he would have made us men" (53).
"Razia waved the lollipop in front of Raqib's [the toddler's:] face. He watched it devotedly. He became its disciple. For its sake, he would sacrifice everything" (65).
Hasina on corruption in Bangladeshi education: "University is also close down. All students hold protest. They rallying for right to cheat. In my heart I support. Some who af ...more
Although i see that other Good Reads readers felt similiarly, which somehow makes me feel better.
The problem with the passiveness of the central character is that it can make the book insufferable, you want her to do. It is here that I have to give Ali points. Th ...more
Spanning the eighties to the start of the 21st century (building up, inevitably, to 9/11) this c ...more
Among the more interesting parts of the book were the outlines of the cultural challenges of Bangladeshis living in England. I learned a lot about ...more
It's a question I like very much. A student of philosophy must enquire all the time: is this the real nature of the world? But so must a student of physics, of history, of literature even and art... Whenever we are told something, before we receive it into our minds and hearts, we must put it to the test. We open a book, we turn a newspaper page, we allow the television and the radio to come into our homes. All the things we are told every day – are they true?
When the imam speaks, i ...more
This is a 500 page novel about Bangladeshis living in England and their problems. Our protagonist Nazneen who is left to her fate from the very birth is pictured, transformed and described beautifully.
Why I like this book:
>> Narration is tremendous and funny; also very very intricate.
>> All the characters are drawn with utmost care and every single negligible character is memorable.
>> Story is good and fresh and being a Bengali, I ha ...more
Covering an ambitious span of years - from Nazneen's youth in Bangladesh to early middle-age in the East End of London - Ali's style is absorbing enough that it never feels rushed. The only thing stopping me giving this a 5 is that I felt lik ...more
I really wanted to like this book but it's boring! It's like reading peoples facebook feeds.. "I made dhal and rice today," "I cheat on my husband but it's okay, it's my fate," "Papers and dust cover my entire house but I'm to lazy to do anything about it"....blah, blah.
I also didn't really like how it was written. The letters her sister writes her from Dhaka are terrible, to a point where some don't even make sense ...more
Immigration and alienation and a clash of cultures pervade as a young bride moves to England from ...more
It seems a little shocking that today, in the year 2016, ...more
Writing about this book is a challenge. Because to start analysing it would put me in danger of being like Chanu, a man who lives in his bloated head, spouting pompous ideas that lead nowhere except his dependents to rack and ruin. More of him in a minute. To me, this is not a traditionally male, intellectual book (though it was a very intelligent, thoughtful and cogently written one). It is rather a book with its roots in emotion (which all intelligent novels are), in the sense t...more
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She lives in South London with her husband, Simon Torrance, a management consultant. They have two children, Felix (born 1999) and ...more