Brick Lane

Written by:
Monica Ali
Narrated by:
Elizabeth Sastre

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2003
11 hours 11 minutes
Set in the gritty Tower Hamlets area of East London, Brick Laneis the story of Nazneen, an Asian immigrant girl and how she deals with issues of love, cultural differences and the human spirit. Nazneen is forced into an arranged marriage with a much older man whose expectations of life are miserably low. When they flee the oppression of their Bangladeshi village for a high-rise block in the East End, she finds herself cloistered and dependent on her husband. It soon becomes apparent that of the two, she is the real survivor and more able to deal with the ways of the world and the vagaries of human behavior. Through her friendship with another Asian girl, she begins to understand the unsettling ways of her new homeland.
Profile Avatar

I love this book. Every minute. The reader is fabulous. Listening to her was equivalent to being at the theater. Brick Lane is a tour de force. The writing is powerful and the characters, especially the women, are complex and moving.

Profile Avatar

This did run a little long in parts, but overall gave an insider's view on a culture that is entirely foreign to me. I enjoyed this very much!

Profile Avatar
Leslie Hauser

I wanted to like this book about an emigree from Bangladesh adjusting to life as a Muslim woman in a changing (and mixed) English society, but the story dragged and the main character was perhaps too flawed--I didn't particularly like her. Also, perhaps more confusing in the audio version compared to the printed version, the style of the book changes from prose to letters and back again and it is hard to follow. The novel touches on many of the issues new immigrants (of any culture) face: new language and culture, English born children who have more in common with their new country compared to their parents' old one, new definitions and standards of poverty, and racism; however, I was left feeling that none of these issues was really adequately explored. At times, the number of issues addressed seemed to be more important than the plot or character development. Overall, a bit of a disappointment after all of the hype.

Brick Lane
This title is due for release on September 22, 2003.

Enter your email below to be notified as soon as it is available!

By clicking "Notify Me" you consent to receiving electronic marketing communications from You will be able to unsubscribe at any time.

Already a member? Log In to add this title to your wishlist.
Brick Lane
This title is due for release on September 22, 2003
We'll send you an email as soon as it is available!

Already a member?
Log in to add this title in your wishlist
Brick Lane
Please Log in and add this title to your wishlist.
Brick Lane

We will send you an email as soon as this title is available.

1 book added to cart
View Cart