The Newlyweds is a truly thoughtful novel. Freudenberger hasn't written some simple "they lived happily every after" love story. Instead, she delves into the cultural differences inherit in a marriage between people with different nationalities. She's also not afraid to deal with some of the more complex/difficult issues that could arise in any marriage. What's interesting about this novel is the fact that she's chosen to do this through the lens of international internet dating.
Ironically, it is that very thoughtfulness which sometimes makes this a difficult novel to get through. In an effort to explain cultural differences and how these issues play out in the main character's mind and life, the author sometimes comes close to losing her audience.
The narration is good. Marno's interpretation of the various voices and their coinciding accents is pretty much perfect. However, since so much of the story is in the narrator's, rather than the characters', voice it can sometimes come across as a bit monotone.
Overall, I think this is a worthwhile listen. It's not exactly a light read, but still something you can listen to on a road-trip or while doing stuff around the house.
This book was deeply engaging. The concept of finding your mate through correspondence on the internet was of great interest to me. I was interested to see how the characters developed and how the two cultures would mesh. It pointed out, in interesting ways, how the expectations of Americans differ with people in many parts of the world. Having Amina choose the path she did and watching her struggles made for an interesting listen. The narrator did a very good job of distinguishing the characters.
Yes. The book describes the differences between the two cultures very well.
Easy to understand why it works and doesn't work.
Won't keep you up all night reading but I liked it.
The most interesting part for me was learning something of the culture of Bangaladesh. The reader was convincing as a person from that country speaking English.
The characters were, at the same time, dishonest and self-righteous. I kept waiting for them to change, but they got worse.
Not at all.
Yes, she did a good job switching from American to Bangladesh characters.
The husband, the father, the cousin....most of them!
The Newlyweds is the story of a mail order bride who meets her husband online and ends up in the U.S., where she has a difficult time adjusting to the culture. All in all, it was an OK experience but it was hard to relate to Amina and her decisions at the end.