No New Land by M.g. VassanjiNo New Land by M.g. Vassanji

No New Land

byM.g. Vassanji

Paperback | October 11, 1997

Pricing and Purchase Info

$18.69 online 
$21.00 list price save 11%
Earn 93 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


     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.

M.G. VASSANJI is the author of seven novels, two collections of short stories, and two works of non-fiction. He has won the Giller Prize twice for The Book of Secrets and The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, and the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction for A Place Within: Rediscovering India. His other novels include The G...
Title:No New LandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.6 inPublished:October 11, 1997Publisher:McClelland & Stewart

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771087225

ISBN - 13:9780771087226

Look for similar items by category:


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story about a diasporic experience I read this for school but was intrigued by it. It's about the difficulties of keeping up traditions whilst assimilating in a new country. It's called no new land because it seems every generation is moving to a new place and there seems to be no place for them to call their own. To understand the book, it helps if you are part of a diaspora yourself. For readers that are part of a diaspora, I think this book will make you feel understood.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok, but kind of boring. For many reasons, I found myself getting frustrating while reading this book. There is no real character development and not much dialogue. The narrator tells about the lives of the characters in Africa and then in Canada and their adjustment to a new life, but Vassanji never "shows" anything, he only "tells" us about the lives of these characters. But then again, this book was written over 15 years ago and writing has changed much. Even though some of these characters go through tragic experiences, it's impossible for the reader to sympathize or care. There's no "emotion" in anything, the book is just a flat sequence of events. I couldn't feel "close" to the characters. The plot is boring and the development of things is uninteresting. The incidents seem to be pointless character experiences. It's a really good story and Vassanji captures my interest but usually doesn't keep it for too long because of the lack of action.
Date published: 2009-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No New Ideas. Final Verdict: 1 out of 10. We finish the novel wondering how we could have possibly gotten through it without unsheathing our knives and ending our miseries already. As an immigrant, I learnt nothing, found it uninspiring and completely rhetorical. No New Land should truly change its name to No New Ideas.
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Into a new world Vassanji invites the reader into a new world, one that most Canadians would be suprised to see. We become Lalani, we understand him, and we finish the novel with a new interpertation of Canada, and the difference between Canada and the different places that we have come from.
Date published: 2001-04-14

From Our Editors

Though Nurdin Lalani and his family left Africa for suburban Toronto, the old land's values have followed them. Accused of sexual assault, tradition requires the innocent Lalani to examine his purity of thought. Friendship with the enlightened Sushila offers freedom from a haunting past, routine marriage and troublesome teenagers. M. G. Vassanji is a keen observer of lives caught between two worlds.

Editorial Reviews

   • "A novel of considerable charm and intelligence, informed by a delightful sense of irony." -- Mordecai Richler    • "Vassanji probes beneath the surface to create a compelling and poignant portrait of human displacement." -- Ottawa Citizen    • "It is part of Vassanji's great talent to demonstrate that the minor changes -- unexpected love, sex, accusations -- in the life of a very modest man are, in fact, transformations of history." -- Globe and Mail    • "Vassanji, in charting a tiny part of the Canadian reality, offers up certain truths, thought-provoking, disturbing, but ultimately, and in a small way, hopeful." -- Saturday Night