Alentejo Blue

  • by Monica Ali
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Monica Ali's stunning second book is a collection of stories, set in the Alentejo province of Portugal, linked by characters and a vivid sense of place and time. Teresa, a beautiful young girl from the village, is supposed to marry a suitable man from the same community, but she wants to see the world.
Vasco is a café owner who is losing business to the new Internet café down the road.
The unseemly, dysfunctional, but strangely riveting Pottses are a family of ex-patriots, trying to cobble a life together, living at odds with one another until they run into trouble from the outside.
We also meet several English tourists, including a young couple engaged to be married and confronting each other's weaknesses and idiosyncrasies for the first time, and an older woman imagining a new life while fantasizing about never returning home.

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What the Critics Say

"The simultaneous sense of stasis and great change is Ali's forte, and her characters' perceptions are sharp." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

shorter would have been better

Simply too long for what is there. The writing is fine (with exquisite flourishes) , but without the needed editing, the net result is less than it could be. The narrator does an admirable job with the many voices, pacing, and necessary inflections, adding a great deal, but even she can't compensate for the lack of good editing.
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- hh "hh01"

Big Disappointment

This book is a big disappointment. I absolutely LOVED Brick Lane and hated to see the book end. I bought Alentejo Blue hoping for the same experience. I struggled through half of it and finally gave up. It is just not interesting! Too bad.
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- Roberta

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-26-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.