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Salaam Brick Lane (Anglais) Relié – 11 avril 2005

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Revue de presse

Well-written without mawkish pieties. (Saga Magazine)

'Charming, brilliant, affectionate and quietly impassioned . . . he lets the stories speak for themselves . . . [He has a] deft way with dialogue . . . a wonderful book . . . balanced, humane and life-affirming. I hope it sells out faster than cases of Chalky's "Coat de Roen"' (Kevin Rushby, Guardian)

'Tarquin Hall is right at the heart of what he writes about . . . Hall's new friends spring brilliantly to life off the page . . . it's hard to imagine a more moving or more telling record of lives on the edge' (Caroline Gascoigne, Sunday Times)

Amused and amusing, this is a refreshing addition to the accounts being offered of the area. (Stratford Recorder)

Fascinating and funny (Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable & Faversham Focu)

What started out as a series of entertaining character sketches turns into an instructive investigation of "Englishness" . . . While Hall does not sidestep the problems raised by immigration, his forthright and funny book is a timely reminder of the revitalising effect "foreigners" have had on the mongrel race that proudly describes itself as "the English". (Peter Parker, Daily Telegraph)

I was absolutely riveted. It's funny, enlightening and very moving - but moving in a quiet, understated, English way, without any mawkish sentimentality. It has given me lots of new insights into the complexities and nuances of 'acculturation', and I'm recommending it to all my friends just because it's such a good read. (Kate Fox, author of Watching the English)

Powerful (Kent Messenger)

He has a fine ear for the myriad speech patterns of the East End's varied inhabitants . . . pertinent and unusually insightful views on the whole "illegal immigrant" issue . . . gripping (Daily Mail)

A remarkable cross-section of British society . . . Hall's sympathetic, anecdotal approach is a fine counter to the appalling racism of much current tabloid journalism . . . This is a fine and eloquent book. (What's On UK)

This is a beautifully written book about a world we ignore except when it makes tabloid headlines. (American)

In this entertaining account of a year living on Brick Lane in London's East End, Hall cannily plays the bewildered public schoolboy to a range of different characters. (Times Literary Supplement)

Such a light, playful book and yet with a compelling tow which takes you into the myriad realities of life in the East End of London. (Yasmin Alibhai-Brown)

'Entertaining' (Bookseller)

Fascinating and funny (Sunday Times)

'He fleshes out figures that are usually little more than symbols for political viewpoints, and the result is a Dickensian tale of the modern underclass that serves as an answer to negative immigration issues' (Guardian)

'A thought-provoking read . . . fascinating insights into fractured lives. And Hall's affectionate portrayals of eccentric acquaintances enhance this touching portrait no end' (Metro)

'Tender and harrowing' (The Times)

'He brings a sharp eye and a dry humour to his descriptions' (Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times)

'Hall has produced an inclusive, insider's portrait of Brick Lane...rich and humane enough to hold its own' - Laurence Phelan (Independent on Sunday)

'Just like a Dickens novel, Salaam Brick Lane features comic characters, tear-jerking melodrama, plenty of roguery and an overarching romantic plot in which a plucky young couple overcome familial disapproval' - John Dugdale (Guardian)

'This is an involving and rather heartening book full of carefully observed characters...Tarquin...is superb on multiculturalism' - Phil Baker (The Sunday Times)

'A unique take on the tales of asylum seekers, Bangladeshi families fearing a loss of culture and a search for the real East Enders who, it turns out ironically, are simply immigrants from years gone by.' (Derby Evening Telegraph, Simon Burch)

'A gem of a book that reveals a hidden world lying right on our doorstep. As the stories unfold, so does our appreciation for Tarquin Hall's acute eye and for the gentle power of his narrative' (Saira Shah, writer and broadcaster)

'Salaam Brick Lane is a compelling journey of discovery by an outsider in his own city and offers an explicit glimpse of this quarter of London' (Traveller)

Présentation de l'éditeur

After ten years living abroad, Tarquin Hall wanted to return to his native London. Lured by his nostalgia for a leafy suburb childhood spent in south-west London, he returned with his Indian-born, American fiancée in tow.

Priced out of the housing market, they found themselves living not in a townhouse, oozing Victorian charm, but in a squalid attic above a Bangladeshi sweatshop on London's Brick Lane. A grimy skylight provided the only window on their new world: a filthy, noisy street where drug dealers and prostitutes peddled their wares and tramps urinated on the pavements. At night, traffic lights lit up the ceiling and police sirens wailed into the early hours.

Yet, as Hall got to know Brick Lane, he discovered beneath its unlovely surface an inner world where immigrants and asylum seekers struggle to better themselves and dream of escape. He met the last of the East End Jews who, in their lifetimes, have watched their community slowly vanish, and he befriended some of the tens of thousands of Bangladeshis and asylum seekers who have replaced them.

Salaam Brick Lane is a journey of discovery by an outsider in his own native city. It offers an explicit glimpse of the underbelly of London's most infamous quarter - the real-life world of Monica Ali's bestselling novel.

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11 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Fantastic insight into the modern East End of London 19 janvier 2006
Par pm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Mr. Hall's work on London's East End is beautifully written and truly makes you feel as if you are a voyeur into a world that few of us have ever experienced. The author shows a genuine sympathy for his neighbors on Brick Lane in the East End and weaves their stories into the broader tapestry of the neighborhood's history as well as that of England as a whole. Without being preachy or condescending, you feel like you know and understand the characters that Mr. Hall met in his time there; the landlord running a sweatshop in his basement, the Indian "auntie" interviewing him on behalf of his future wife's mother, and the list goes on. This is what makes the book such a pleasure and it goes so quickly that in they end you wish Mr. Hall had spent even more time on Brick Lane.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
I loved this book! 15 mai 2009
Par Jill Meyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I ordered "Salaam Brick Lane" after reading and reviewing Tarquin Hall's new detective novel, "The Case of the Missing Servant". In that book, set in today's Delhi (both old and New), Hall makes modern day India - both high and low - come alive, with his wonderful characters and descriptions of Indian society.

"Salaam" is non-fiction and set in early 2000's London. Hall has returned home to London, after spending much of his life as a wandering journo in India and other East Asia countries. Unable to afford a flat in a more affluent area of London, Hall rents a flat (though more like a pit) in Brick Lane in the East End of London. This area has been the home of many ethnic groups who've emigrated to London as a sort of "first stop" on their way "up" in British society. As each group has abandoned the area, other, poorer, emigrants have taken their place. The East End (right next to the City and near the Isle of Dogs) was heavily bombed during WW2.

Today the area is largely populated by Bengali Muslims (from a certain area in Bengladesh), Indian Hindus, and a scattering of Somalis, Albanians, and other groups from the old Yugoslavia. Rare are the old English "cockneys", who lived in the area until the '70's. What is astounding is the way the Muslims and Hindus seem to get along in the tight confines of the East End.

Hall's year in the East End is written in a non-sensational way. He finds friends among all the ethnic groups and seems totally accepted as a fellow "East Ender". Though the area is fairly poor, most everybody eakes out a living, some in a more "honest" fashion than others. (Lots of things "falling off the backs of trucks" in local stores.) Hall and his girlfriend (now wife) learn a lot in their year in Brick Lane and he explains it all beautifully in his book.

I'm now waiting for his third (actually his first) book to arrive. It's about a savage elephant in India. Looking forward to it.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Salaam Tarquin! 20 octobre 2010
Par Home in Carolina - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Having read Hall's Vish Puri mysteries, I thought I'd try another of his books. This is a tale of movement, mental, physical and emotional. Finding himself in less than ideal financial circumstances, he moves into what is basically considered a slum where he learns that people, no matter what their manner of speaking or appearance may be, are all worthy of consideration, if not admiration. He realizes that he has alternatives while most of the people he comes in contact with do not. Their dogged determination to survive and flourish by whatever means comes to hand is constantly seen everywhere around him. A darker side of the human character also exposes itself in the prejudices inherent and rife in the lowest to highest "classes" of peoples. How can one judge the height of their relative status without pointing out those less worthy?
This man writes with such spot-on ethnicity that you can hear the accents, smell the odors, taste the foods and become immersed in the environs and feel like a neighbor yourself. I loved it.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A journalist's clear narrative about a complex world 1 octobre 2006
Par Jean Val Jean - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
When confined to observation and its presentation, good journalists tend to make good writers. Hall is one such journalist/writer. His clear and precise style comes very handy when reading about a complex and intricate world of London East End.

His own discovery of East End is told through the lives of people he meets and gets to talk. It's not a distant and cold narrative, though. On the contrary, he is directly involved in the intricate fabric of immigrant society through his American-born Indian fiancee. Yet he manages to limit the account of his personal story to the amount that relates to people he observes.

Overall "Salaam Brick Lane" is an honest and clear account of a short slice through East End.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great read! 26 juillet 2011
Par Should I Buy It? - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'd become a fan of Tarquin Hall's mysteries (sadly, there are currently only two out) and wanted to read more works by him. I bought this book and really enjoyed it. Tarquin Hall has an eye for details and writes evocative descriptions. This book is set in London's East End, and while he is a white Britisher living in a somewhat racist community comprising mainly Bengalis, he's never condescending or judgmental in his observations.

Actually, I found his writing style somewhat reminiscent of James Herriot (Alf Wight), one of my all-time favorite authors. Made this book even more enjoyable.

I highly recommend this book!
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