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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Monica Ali Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Diana | 2/18/2014

    " i got about 25 pages in and had to give up. i just want to note that i've probably quit reading all of three books in my entire life; i always try to work through it, convinced there must be something worth reading in there. this novel was so aimless and tedious. i appreciate fine detail in writing, especially scenic details, but when the book is more about the sand in the road and less about the man standing in the road, i'm not sure what's left to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kady24 | 2/6/2014

    " Not my favorite book. I feel like I'd give this author another chance though. This was one of those stories that is a small snippet of time and it jumps from one character to the next. Problem is, you never really get to know any of the characters and in the end it feels like a colossal waste of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Simon | 2/3/2014

    " At first I was concerned that this was going the Portuguese equivalent of those books about someone spending a year in Tuscany where it's always sunny and the locals are charming and colourful, so this gets bonus points for being more interesting than that. On the other hand it's *very* episodic; basically a collection of short stories. Characterisation and evocation of the landscape is strong, and Ali's prose is a pleasure to read, but I was disappointed that she spent more time on the rather sordid goings-on in the expat community than on the locals. Issues relating to Portuguese history and emigration are touched upon but I'd have appreciated more on this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Faith | 1/27/2014

    " i really liked ali's first book (brick lane) and despite this one being such a different book in location, subject matter, etc., i was curious enough about the characters to stay interested. "

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