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Brick Lane by Monica Ali
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Jun 09, 08

Read in May, 2008

This book impressed me because of its immersiveness. Not only in terms of time and place, although that was very well handled, but mostly in terms of character. There are few modern human experiences that could be farther from my own than those of a woman born and raised in Bangladesh relocating to London after an arranged marriage to a man already living there. But I found the main character of Brick Lane, Nazneen, to be very relatable, to the point where I ended up totally immersed in her story and her perspective. That was a pretty heart-wrenching experience, honestly, because Nazneen's story is one of disappointment and fear and powerlessness, right up until just before the very end. This is one of those books which is beautiful, but in which the beauty comes almost totally from sadness. It doesn't exactly have a happy ending in the fairytale sense, but I was pretty pleased with the way things were left by the final page.
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