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Brick Lane by Monica Ali
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Apr 25, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

A British woman from my book club recommended this book. I was visiting England at the time. Actually read it after my visit. A Bangladeshi woman, Nazneen, is 18 when she marries (arranged) Chanu (much older) who lives in London. Brick Lane is an area where many from Bangladesh have settled. Her life as a wife to Chanu who is portrayed as laughable (for me) (pity him? disdain him? would be interesting discussion) - one does pity Nazneen in this marriage. Her life as a mother - raising children as Bangladish parents, but children who are "British" Her life as a Muslim - a sincere faith/a personal faith - quite interesting. Her life as a woman - she falls in love with a young man who is politically/Islamic/Bangladesh activist (interesting with post 9/11). Also, her life as a sister - her sister in Bangladesh runs away to be in a "love" marriage. Letters from her sister are read throughout the book. Also, Nazneed as a friend. Very much enjoyed this book. Would be a great book to discuss.

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