• Alentejo Blue

  • By: Monica Ali
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-26-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.3 (10 ratings)

Regular price: $19.56

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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.
©2006 Monica Ali (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"The simultaneous sense of stasis and great change is Ali's forte, and her characters' perceptions are sharp." (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By hh on 08-25-07

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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1 out of 5 stars
By Roberta on 04-07-07

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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