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The author of the book: Monica Ali
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Date of issue: June 1st 2006
ISBN: 1846570417
ISBN 13: 9781846570414
Language: English
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This book is more a series of short stories with recurring and interconnected characters than it is a novel. Here in a tiny town in Portugal, the poorest province in the poorest nation in (Western) Europe, are assembled a cast of characters who are locals, tourists and émigrés, mainly from Britain.

One would think the locals couldn't wait to leave this abandoned corner of the earth, and some are trying to leave. But one local has returned from a decade as a cook and bartender in the Portuguese emigrant community in Provincetown, Massachusetts and he has no intention of ever leaving his Portuguese village again.

One of the other émigrés is an alcoholic author. One émigré family from Britain that features a pot-head father, a lost, clueless son, a promiscuous mother and a promiscuous underage daughter, is so dysfunctional they could star in their own TV reality show. The underlying theme seems to be you can run but you can't hide -from yourself - even in a small rural village in a foreign country.

The Blue in the title, (from the blue in the Portuguese azulejos tiles) is a give-away - these are depressing stories filled with angst and anomie. One could argue that depressing small-town stories constitute their own genre: Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson; Village by Robert McAlmon; Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, and Tales from the Mountain by Miguel Torga - also set in Portugal - all come to mind. Ali gives us depressing but short, brilliant stories. But the final chapter featuring a "feel-good" village festa can't erase all that comes before and seems a bit disingenuous.

The author, a native of Bangladesh, living in London, shows us personally as well as by her characters just how globalization is impacting even remote corners of the world.

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Ebook Alentejo Blue read Online! Monica Ali is a British writer of Bangladeshi origin. She is the author of Brick Lane, her debut novel, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003. Ali was voted Granta's Best of Young British Novelists on the basis of the unpublished manuscript.

She lives in South London with her husband, Simon Torrance, a management consultant. They have two children, Felix (born 1999) and Shumi (born 2001).

She opposes the British government’s attempt to introduce the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006. She discusses this in her contribution to Free Expression Is No Offence, a collection of essays published by Penguin in 2005.

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