Book Title: Brick Lane
Author: Monica Ali
Genres: Fiction, Romance novel
What happens when 18 year old Nazneen marries a man twice her age?
Leaving behind her village in Bangladesh for a block of flats in Tower Hamlets. We follow Nazneen’s life as an immigrant , a wife , a mother and even a lover. The author touches on so many topics ‘cultural conflicts ‘ and ‘self growth’ are the two that stood out to me .
These issues are not only reflected through Nazneen, but also through the people around her. Her husband Chanu is a dreamer in need of a wake up call, her children struggle with life as third culture kids and then there’s Karim. I don’t want to give too much away , so let’s just say when the mind and body balance you gain self awareness.
Throughout the book there are letters exchanged between Nazneen and her sister Hasina. I personally found it really hard to follow as Hasinas English is quiet poor. Incase you did’nt know there is a film based on this novel and yes it’s true what they say the book is better. Nonetheless I absolutely loved finally meeting the characters and recommend both the book and film to friends and family , that includes you!.
I would love to know your thoughts on Brick Lane and any recommendations on what novel I should read next?
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Bye for now