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This book follows the life of a young woman who leaves a Bangladesh village for a marraige in London. The drawing of her character is stunning. We are let into the tiny reflections of her days, the grace with which she tries to embrace what fate has given her, and an underlying questioning of whether those who struggle against their fate, or those who accept it are happier in the end. The story is thoughtful, sensitive, provocative, and endlessly insightful. There's no great action taking place most of the time, but instead we enter her inner world, perceptions of the new culture around her, her wonder at and care for her first child, the settling into life of the family, and the tensions that come in and out of their On top of it, the voice of the reader of the audio book is endearing, excellently depicting the tone of the character discussed, and nice to listen to.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this audiobook, though I admit the chapters that are letters from the sister in Bangladesh are sometimes hard to listen to because they are read as if translated by someone with limited English skills. It seems odd, but if the letters were read in perfect English, they would not sound authentic. The reader is quite good...reading with what sounds like a proper accent when needed. Her voice is pleasant and smooth.
The story is not as good as I had hoped, given was shortlisted for Booker Prize. The ending is just way too neat. And characters just disappear from the story, with very little explanation. Perhaps this is deliberate? Perhaps in immigrant life people do just disappear?
Anyway, a good listen and I'd recommend it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
Great listen. A very interesting insight into the everyday life of a Bangladeshi woman brought to make a life in the East End of London. Tragic and funny by turns, with several threads cleverly interwoven, I found myself fascinated by this story, not the sort of tales I normally enjoy.