About the book
Brick Lane – named after Brick Lane, a street at the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community – follows the life of Nazneen, a Bangladeshi woman who moves to London at the age of 18, to marry an older man, Chanu. They live in Tower Hamlets. At first her English consists only of “sorry” and “thank you;” the novel explores her life and adaptations in the community, as well as the character of Chanu, and their larger ethnic community.
Review by Basingstoke Library Thursday Reading Group
One gentleman couldn’t get interested in the book so he soon gave up reading it. All the other members are female and they agreed that it was an interesting read. However a few did not exactly “enjoy” the story, but felt compelled to read to the end. I enjoyed it because of the colourful characters, the money-lender reminded me of a Dickens character. We all thought it well worth reading because of the insight it gave into the life of Nazneen, an eighteen year old Bangladeshi girl in an arranged marriage. Very well written story.
Star rating: ****
Read the book
Reserve your copy of Brick Lane by Monica Ali online now