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Brick Lane

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

let's you live a different life ... from the comfort of your own

I'm only halfway through this book but I am completely engrossed and unlikely to be let down because ... Monica Ali is a wonderful writer. So far what I've read about Nazhneen and her sister, husband, children, neighbours, relatives, and prospective lover, makes me thi...
I'm only halfway through this book but I am completely engrossed and unlikely to be let down because ... Monica Ali is a wonderful writer. So far what I've read about Nazhneen and her sister, husband, children, neighbours, relatives, and prospective lover, makes me think that the news tells us what happens in the world, history tells us how events happened, but novels like Brick Lane can show us WHY human beings do what they do within the constraints of their circumstance, and this is the most illuminating for understanding and appreciating others.

posted by Anonymous on April 22, 2007

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

It was just ok

While the story had potential it lost my interest midway through.

posted by 8106052 on April 15, 2012

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    horrible

    cannot believe this was published. the plot had potential, but the writing was disjointed. gave up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2007

    A slow, boring, dreadful book

    This summer, I had to read Brick Lane for a school assignment. After reading the back of the book and seeing that it was critically acclaimed, I thought that it couldn't be too bad. However, I was wrong. First off, this book is poorly written. At times, it jumps all over the place and you can't even figure out what is going on. The book just plods along until you finally reach the end. Brick Lane is also very repetitive. It seems like the same exact events occur in every chapter! One of my biggest complaints were the letters written by the main character's sister. Because they were so poorly written and gramatically incorrect, the letters were almost impossible to read. I do not recommend Brick Lane to anyone. I enjoy reading and do not hate many books. However, this book was awful and at times I wanted to put it away forever.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    not worth the hype

    this novel took way too long to read ... and it wasn't worth the effort. as a bangladeshi i thought this work would be something worth praising and being proud of, but i felt far from wanting to praise this book. it was slow, it was dull, it didn't capture anything that i can remotely relate to as a second-generation bangladeshi-american ... and i've read far better works than this that have been able to capture the immigrant experience of bangladeshis. i also found the experiences of the two women to be far-fetched and not exemplary of the bengali experience. i also did not appreciate the usage of broken english because most bangladeshis speak english pretty well, and the broken english didn't even give any signs of being an actual direct translation of anything someone would say in bengali. i spent hours trying to figure out what was trying to be said in bengali that the english translation would look so disjointed and broken.

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    Posted April 25, 2010

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