No New Land

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 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.

Title:No New Land
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780771087226
Format Type:Pdf, Epub, pdb, txt, docx, doc, ibook

    No New Land Reviews

  • 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 experience...

  • 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 B...

  • Denise Felicia

    Vassanji's "No New Land" tells the tale of an East-African family of South Asian heritage and their experience migrating to Toronto, Ontario (Canada). This novel was a mandatory read for my Contempora...

  • 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 act...

  • Jane Campbell

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

  • 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. ...

  • Buried In Print

    Following Amazon'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:BuriedInPrintLeafMarksBookLike...

  • 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 a...

  • 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 experi...

  • 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 c...