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Come hungry, leave edgy

Sukhdev Sandhu: Brick Lane, 9 October 2003

Brick Lane 
by Monica Ali.
Doubleday, 413 pp., £12.99, June 2003, 9780385604840
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... turned them into more ardent Muslims than their parents had ever been, a point made very well by Hanif Kureishi in The Black Album. Crisis and conflict are never far from the surface of life in Whitechapel. It’s a cruel place, today no less than it was two hundred years ago. With the narrowness of the streets, the crowded estates and the thinness of ...

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