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1 Ali, Monica Brick Lane
Doubleday 2003 038560484X / 9780385604840 First edition-11th printing Hardcover Near fine Very good Book 
Near fine/VGC.Doubleday/Ted Smart,2003.First edition-11th printing.Pictorial hardback in near fine condition,with Dj(two small watermarks on the outer and inner edges of the front Dj cover,a couple of creases and nicks on the Dj cover) in VGC.Nice and clean pages as new with two ink marks on the outer edges,light shelf wear on the Dj cover.Nice and clean book except for the watermarks on the Dj cover.414pp.Price un-clipped.

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From Publishers Weekly: The immigrant world Ali chronicles in this penetrating, unsentimental debut has much in common with Zadie Smith's scrappy, multicultural London, though its sheltered protagonist rarely leaves her rundown East End apartment block where she is surrounded by fellow Bangladeshis. After a brief opening section set in East Pakistan-Nazneen's younger sister, the beautiful Hasina, elopes in a love marriage, and the quiet, plain Nazneen is married off to an older man-Ali begins a meticulous exploration of Nazneen's life in London, where her husband has taken her to live. Chanu fancies himself a frustrated intellectual and continually expounds upon the tragedy of immigration to his young wife (and anyone else who will listen), while letters from downtrodden Hasina provide a contrast to his idealized memories of Bangladesh. Nazneen, for her part, leads a relatively circumscribed life as a housewife and mother, and her experience of London in the 1980s and '90s is mostly indirect, through her children (rebellious Shahana and meek Bibi) and her variously assimilated neighbors. The realistic complexity of the characters is quietly stunning: Nazneen shrugs off her passivity at just the right moment, and the supporting cast-Chanu, the ineffectual patriarch; Nazneen's defiant and struggling neighbor, Razia (proud wearer of a Union Jack sweatshirt); and Karim, the foolish young Muslim radical with whom Nazneen eventually has an affair-are all richly drawn. By keeping the focus on their perceptions, Ali comments on larger issues of identity and assimilation without drawing undue attention to the fact, even gracefully working in September 11. Carefully observed and assured, the novel is free of pyrotechnics, its power residing in Ali's unsparing scrutiny of its hapless, hopeful protagonists. 
Price: 13.30 GBP
 
 
2 Ali, Monica In the Kitchen: A Novel
Doubleday 2009 0385614578 / 9780385614573 First UK edition-first printing Hardcover Fine Fine Book 
Fine condition.Doubleday,2009.First UK edition-first printing(2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3 1).Blue hardback(silver lettering to the spine) with Dj(a couple of small scratches,nicks and crease on the edges of the Dj cover),both in fine condition.The book is new with light shelf wear on the Dj cover.430pp.Price un-clipped.

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Product Description: Who ends up in the kitchen, Gabe?' 'Misfits', he said, 'psychos, exiles, culinary artists, and people who just need a job'. In The Kitchen is Monica Ali's stunning follow up to Brick Lane. It opens with a mysterious death in the cellars of a smart, cosmopolitan hotel and over the course of the ensuing pages, peels back the layers of polyglot London to reveal the melting pot which exists below. Once again it confirms Monica Ali not only as a great modern storyteller but also an acute observer of the vagaries of a contemporary culture. 
Price: 14.50 GBP
 
 

 




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