No New Land (2020)

No New Land M.G. Vassanji No New Land Nurdin Lalani and his family Asian immigrants from Africa have come to the Toronto suburb of Don Mills only to find that the old world and its values pursue them A genial orderly at a downtown hospi
  • Title: No New Land
  • Author: M.G. Vassanji
  • ISBN: 9780771087226
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
No New Land M.G. Vassanji Nurdin Lalani and his family, Asian immigrants from Africa, have come to the Toronto suburb of Don Mills only to find that the old world and its values pursue them A genial orderly at a downtown hospital, he has been accused of sexually assaulting a girl Although he is innocent, traditional propriety prompts him to question the purity of his own thoughts Ultimately Nurdin Lalani and his family, Asian immigrants from Africa, have come to the Toronto suburb of Don Mills only to find that the old world and its values pursue them A genial orderly at a downtown hospital, he has been accused of sexually assaulting a girl Although he is innocent, traditional propriety prompts him to question the purity of his own thoughts Ultimately, his friendship with the enlightened Sushila offers him an alluring freedom from a past that haunts him, a marriage that has become routine, and from the trials of coping with teenage children Introducing us to a cast of vividly drawn characters within this immigrant community, Vassanji is a keen observer of lives caught between one world and another.
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  1. Vipin Goyal

    Nurdin Lalani was salesman in Bata company at Dar, and he loved his nomadic life At least it kept him away from his strict disciplinarian father Tanzania gets liberated and people who were neither Black nor White felt insecure and shifted to other countries Only Canada permitted without much fuss and the immigrants mostly Shamsi community settled in Toronto at Don Mill Rosecliffe complex Kierkegaard s Thoughts regarding free will is good What we think as choice to live is actually let you live.R [...]

  2. Sajal

    This was really good.The ethnic identity displacement is something that I can relate to on multiple levels And I m so impressed with how M.G Vassanji handles the subject matter Not only that, I actually got to learn so much through this concise book about things that no one talks about I never knew that South Africa and South Asia were tied together through historic trade lines and colonialism Or that, in 1970 s, General Idi Amin gave them a short deadline to leave, and if they didn t, he threat [...]

  3. Jane Campbell

    Great book Vividedly depicted characters, and intriguing description of the clash of ciltures on a family Entertaining, intriguing and informative highly recommend.

  4. Bonnie Long

    Delightful and at times heartbreaking stories of new immigrants of Indian descent who came to Canada Toronto from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in the early 1990s.

  5. Elliot A

    This was another book I had to read for one of my courses As an immigration narrative it came very close to home the issues discussed, the neighbourhood described, the duality of identity experienced by the main character all seem very familiar to me.The plot is of course centred on the struggles of an immigrant family, trying to make it in Canada It is straight forward, yet provides plenty of insight into the human psychology of an individual, trying to find his place and identity in a new coun [...]

  6. Buried In Print

    Following s purchase of GoodReads, I no longer post my reviews here If you would like to read my thoughts on this book, you can view them in the following places BuriedInPrintLeafMarksBookLikesLibraryThingPosting these links does not constitute permission to duplicate these thoughts anywhere, including corporate owned sites.If you read liked clicked through to see this review here on GR, many thanks.

  7. Darren Tang

    Although this novel does provide moments of entertainment, the story as a whole comes nowhere close to being memorable or entertaining The wrting style does illustrate Vassanji s excellent academic abilities, but unfortunately, it is not enough The racism that is depicted is a noble ambition to attempt to shed light on a general social concern that exists within society however, outside of this aspect of the novel, it is rather dry and dull If you have have some extra money, I suggest that you b [...]

  8. Yashvi

    Vassanji has moe than adequately created a profoundly powerful novel Admittedly, it is short, and there is vey little character development Regardless, however, the portrayal of the diasporic experience is beautifully done The cliffhanger at the end serves to emphasize the utterly existential resolve of the first generation I would definitely recommend it, but do warn that there are large cruxes that are never quite mediated.

  9. Vzenari

    The book doesn t seem to do much that is unusual thematically or stylistically, yet the book is not simple or shallow Its strength may be its ability to avoid cliches or romanticization of plot and character sometimes found in representations of immigration or sexuality in contemporary fiction It is sincere realism verging on slice of life fiction I appreciated its light touch and ironic eye It avoids trumpeting for itself.

  10. Mary Curran

    Very compelling Written in the 90s, guilty of a few stereotypes of migrants, but nevertheless convincing Loved the allusions toHonest Ed s which is not only frequented by bargain seeking immigrants on Saturday but by bargain seeking students like I was from 1975 79 A good book, not without humour.

  11. Daphne Gray-Grant

    I liked much of his writing style although some parts felt obligatory but I didn t care for his plot Not nearly enough heft for even this moderately thin novel.

  12. Claire

    Not as good as his others First of all this one its set in Don Mills, not East Africa and the characters were not very well developed likely becuase it is so short overall a disapointment.

  13. Jena

    In love with this book It was a short but enjoyable read It was convincing and showed how immigrants settled into a new life in a new country Beautiful Absolutely one of my all time favourites.

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