Sometimes the best way of throwing people off the scent or getting them off your back is to do the least expected thing. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Those eagerly turning to alis followup, alentejo blue, might initially be appeased, but will ultimately feel disappointed. Monica ali s stunning second book is a collection of stories set in the alentejo province of portugal, linked by characters and by a vivid sense of place and time. Ali, who was named one of the twenty best of young british novelists in 2003 by granta magazine, currently lives in london with her husband and. The caracters were two dimensional and every clique. Set in the fictional village of mamarossa, in portugals remote. Alentejo blue, amazons service was perfect the book was in perfect condition recieved within one week. Alentejo blue by monica ali overdrive rakuten overdrive. I read brick lane shortly before reading alentejo blue, to get a good comparison between the two, and i have to say that while i felt brick lane was a disappointment after the hoopla at its publication, alentejo blue is a much more readable book. Monica ali leaves brick lane for another country in her second novel, alentejo blue. Author interview monica ali, author of alentejo blue. As she did for londons east end in brick lane, one of those rare first novels that makes a splash, monica ali has tried to bring alive a downandout village in.
Alentejo blue book by monica ali official publisher page simon. I am a lifetime avid reader and found this book rubbish. Brick lane was the work of a writer who seemed to have found, right at the beginning of her. See all books authored by monica ali, including brick lane, and alentejo blue, and more on. Her second novel, alentejo blue, set in portugal, was published in 2006, and her third novel, in the kitchen, was published in 2009. Alentejo blue is the story of a village community in portugal, told through the lives of men and women whose families ha. Alentejo blue by monica ali and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
Her latest novel is untold story, which was published in 2011. Alentejo blue is the story of a village community in portugal, tol. Her second book, alentejo blue, a loosely interwoven collection of stories set in. Monica alis widely and deservedly praised first novel, brick lane 2003, told the story of a community of bangladeshi immigrants living in public housing in londons east end. Monica alis very popular first novel, brick lane, was accorded a morethanliterary importance. Alentejo blue, by monica ali the new york times book. As far as alis alentejo blue is concerned, the question is moot. Monica ali demonstrates her versatility and hints at the breadth of her interests in her new novel, set in a village in southern portugal. Read alentejo blue fiction by monica ali available from rakuten kobo. Alentejo blue is the latest by monica ali, who caused quite a buzz with her debut novel, brick lane.
She is the author of in the kitchen, alentejo blue, and brick lane, which. Alentejo blue is a book that asks a lot from the reader and although the plot seems rather absent, we should try to appreciate the way in which ali tried to show what happens when different communities meet. Monica alis very popular first novel, brick lane, was accorded a. With its supple prose and acute insights into a wildly mixed bag of characters, alentejo blue a collection of vignettes set in rural portugal establishes definitively that monica ali is a.
She is the author of in the kitchen, alentejo blue, and brick lane, which was shortlisted for the man booker prize. The book became the arena for a conflict between artistic freedom and. Monica ali has been named by granta as one of the twenty best young british novelists. Even if the voice was not always fully mature, that novel spoke to us in a tone that was humorous and humane. But the book was a mishmash of stories which were badly written and very amatuerish. Its depiction of asian life in the east end of london was an eye and earopener for many readers. The prodigiously gifted monica ali has found a way to sidestep this booby trap. Teresa is a beautiful young girl from the village who is supposed to marry a suitable man from the same community but who wants to see the world. Monica ali books list of books by author monica ali.1601 1038 208 1371 1548 969 1559 585 1022 520 634 1314 443 523 218 913 1051 1587 762 568 413 1607 1498 544 1222 120 212 58 1154 1054 956 588 958