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In the Kitchen by Monica Ali
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Jul 30, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: sept-oct-2009

"In the Kitchen, Ali's third novel, received mixed reviews from critics who couldn't help but compare it to the brilliant Brick Lane. Interestingly, although American critics found much to reprove -- including an exasperatingly slow start, stereotypical characters, and a surfeit of moralizing that drains the narrative of momentum -- they also praised Ali's crackling, vibrant prose and her meticulous research into the inner workings of restaurant kitchens. British critics, on the other hand, uniformly panned the book, complaining bitterly of its flat, uninteresting protagonist and bleak depiction of contemporary England. Though some, like the Cleveland Plain Dealer, felt that the echoes of Ali's former best seller were enough to sustain interest, only diehard fans will likely be able to overlook Kitchen's many flaws."
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