Set in Tower Hamlets, this contemporary novel of the life of an Asian immigrant girl draws the reader into a highly affecting world of love, fate and cultural conflict. Still in her teenage years, Nazneen finds herself in an arranged marriage with a disappointed man who is 20 years older. Away from the mud and heat of her Bangladeshi village, home is now a cramped flat in a high-rise block in London's East End. Nazneen knows no English, and is forced to depend on her husband. But unlike him she is practical and wise, and befriends a fellow Asian girl Razia, who helps her understand the strange ways of her adopted home. A resonant drama from a fierce new literary talent; Monica Ali is a name to watch.Vom Verlag:
Nazneen's inauspicious entry to the world, an apparent stillbirth on the hard mud floor of a Bangladeshi village hut, imbues in her a sense of fatalism that she carries across continents when she is married off to Chanu. Her life in London's Tower Hamlets is, on the surface, calm. For years, keeping house and rearing children, she does what is expected of her. Yet Nazneen walks a tightrope stretched between her daughters' embarrassment and her husband's resentments. Chanu calls his elder daughter the little memsahib. 'I didn't ask to be born here,' says Shahana, with regular finality. Into that fragile peace walks Karim. He sets questions before her, of longing and belonging; he sparks in her a turmoil that reflects the community's own; he opens her eyes and directs her gaze - but what she sees, in the end, comes as a surprise to them both. While Nazneen journeys along her path of self-realization, a way haunted by her mother's ghost, her sister Hasina, back in Bangladesh, rushes headlong at her life, first making a 'love marriage', then fleeing her violent husband. Woven through the novel, Hasina's letters from Dhaka recount a world of overwhelming adversity.
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Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, London, U.K., 2003. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Good. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good. Hardcover. First edition. Dust jacket is a little faded and edge-worn, with one or two light grubby marks and small indentations. Jacket spine ends are rather worn and creased. Upper leading corner of front jacket has a small tear, and remaining leading corners are slightly worn. Hardcover spine ends are slightly bumped. Binding is sound and pages are tight and clean throughout. Text is clear. AF. Used. Artikel-Nr. 298317
Buchbeschreibung Doubleday, 2003. Gebundene Ausgabe. Buchzustand: Gebraucht. Gebraucht - Gut - 416 pp. Deutsch. Artikel-Nr. INF3003141522