Brick Lane by Monica Ali audiobook

Brick Lane

By Monica Ali
Read by Elizabeth Sastre

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11.16 Hours Abridged
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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 naïve 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. Monica Ali's splendid novel is about journeys both external and internal, where the marvelous and the terrifying spiral together.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2004 Audie Award

A 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A 2003 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Prize for First Fiction Finalist

A 2003 Man Booker Prize Finalist

A 2003 Guardian First Book Award Finalist

Winner of the 2003 Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction

A 2003 New York Times Editor’s Choice

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 naïve 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.

Monica Ali's splendid novel is about journeys both external and internal, where the marvelous and the terrifying spiral together.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“It usually takes [writers] two or three books to establish their form—and yet Monica Ali already has a sense of technical assurance and an inborn generosity that cannot be learned. Brick Lane inspires confidence about the career that is to come.” New York Times
“At once sophisticated and innocent, compassionate and entertaining.” Los Angeles Times
“Splendid…Daring…Brilliant…Refreshing…Brick Lane is a great achievement of the subtlest storytelling.” New Republic
Brick Lane is as crisp and urgent as a headline…But the true pleasure of this wonderful novel comes from its timeless sense of wonder and affection for the haplessness of human nature.” Boston Globe
“Already one of the most significant British novelists of her generation.” Observer (London)
“Ali describes in quite an intricate way how a Muslim housewife might think and behave and what her aspirations might be. Brick Lane is a brilliant book about things that matter.” Granta
Brick Lane effortlessly dissolves the gendered false barrier between the social-political and domestic novel, often without ranging far from Nazneen’s cluttered flat and the pangs of her increasingly adventurous mind.” Village Voice
“The immigrant world Ali chronicles in this penetrating, unsentimental debut has much in common with Zadie Smith’s scrappy, multicultural London…Carefully observed and assured, the novel is free of pyrotechnics, its power residing in Ali's unsparing scrutiny of its hapless, hopeful protagonists.” Publishers Weekly
“[Monica Ali] is one of those dangerous writers who sees everything.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Monica Ali

Author Bio: Monica Ali

Monica Ali was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and grew up in England. She was named one of the twenty best young British novelists by Granta and is the author of the novel Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is now a major motion picture, and Alentejo Blue, a story collection. She lives in London with her husband and two young children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English