Sunday, 6 June 2010

Brick Lane

by Monica Ali

That’s one well-written novel — but. As much as I enjoyed the story, I found the happy (?) ending a tad unconvincing: with both husband and lover conveniently out of the country and out of the way, Nazneen finally takes her fate in her own hands. My favourite character is Nazneen’s sister Hasina, “who listened to no one”. She never appears in the book directly: we mostly know her from her letters. In the end she mysteriously vanishes. I hope she has found her true love.

Brick Lane

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