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Brick Lane by Monica Ali
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Apr 10, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in April, 2007

Although I finished reading this novel, I didn't really enjoy it. I'd heard a number of people talking about how fantastic they thought this book was, but I guess it's just not for all of us.

From back cover:

"After an arranged marriage to Chanu, a man twenty years older, Nazneen is taken to London, leaving her home and heart in the Bangladeshi village where she was born. Her new world is full of mysteries. How can she cross the road without being hit by a car (an operation akin to dodging raindrops in the monsoon)? What is the secret of her bullying neighbor Mrs. Islam? What is a Hell's Angel? And how must she comfort the naive and disillusioned Chanu?

As a good Muslim girl, Nazneen struggles to not question why things happen. She submits, as she must, to Fate and devotes herself to her husband and daughters. Yet to her amazement, she begins an affair with a handsome young radical, and her erotic awakening throws her old certainties into chaos."

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