Alentejo Blue

Alentejo Blue

by Monica Ali
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Alentejo Blue by Monica Ali

Following her National Book Critics Circle and Los Angeles Times Book Award-nominated, bestselling debut, Brick Lane, Monica Ali's splendid Alentejo Blue "rewards readers with characters who etch themselves into one's memory" (People).

Set in a small Portuguese village, Alentejo Blue is a story of displacement and modernization told through the lives of the locals and of people who are just passing through. The residents of Mamarrosa whose ancestors occupy the graveyards are restless and struggle to make a living. They watch as tourists and expats move in.

Monica Ali's characters are profoundly sympathetic. Her understanding of their dreams, desires, and disappointments is rare and moving. Alentejo Blue is evidence that Monica Ali is one of the most gifted voices of her generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786289011
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 09/28/2006
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 5.82(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.18(d)

About the Author

Monica Ali has been named by Granta as one of the twenty best young British novelists. She is the author of In the Kitchen, Alentejo Blue, and Brick Lane, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Hometown:

London, England

Date of Birth:

October 20, 1967

Place of Birth:

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Education:

B.A. with Honors, Oxford, 1989

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Alentejo Blue 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LIVE IN THE ALENTEJO IN PORTUGAL AND IN THE AREA MONICA IS TALKING ABOUT. I PERSONALY THINK WHAT SHE HAS DONE IS REVOLTING. SHE HAS USED A REAL FAMILY. I ALSO PERSONALY KNOW THESE PEOPLE, AND FIND IT OUT OF ORDER PUTTING THEM DOWN TO THAT EXTENT. I KNOW THAT IN THE BOOK IT SAYS IT COMPLETLY FICIONAL, BUT I KNOW FOR A FACT ITS NOT. THESE PEOPLE IN QUESTION ARE DEVESTATED BY WHAT HAS BEEN WRITEN ABOUT THEM AND THE BOOK HAS PUT A REALLY BAD VIEW ON OUR AREA OF THE ALENTEJO,PORTUGAL. I AM AN ESTATE AGENTE AND MONICAS BOOK REALLY IS NOT HELPING BUISNESS. IM SURE YOU WON`T PUBLISH THIS..........AS IM ONLY SLAGGING BUT I HOPE YOU ALL UNDERSTUND HOW TERRIBLE IT IS RUINING SOMEONES LIFE BECAUSE A WRITER CAN`T INVENT A GOOD STORY AND HAS TO MAKE THOUSANDS FROM TELLING TRUE STOREYS WITHOUT PEOPLES CONSENT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Alentejo Blue. Having never read Brick Lane, I picked this up at the recommendation of a coworker. The characters come to life in poignant and often heartbreaking stories of life in an impoverished village in Portugal.