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A Golden Age

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But as Anam did not have the first hand experience (as she was born and grew up in foreign country) some emotions felt overly done at some point. Epoca de aur descrie anul in care Bangladeshul si-a castigat independenta fata de Pakistan din perspectiva Rehanei, o tanara vaduva, mama a doi copii. On the other hand, I just finished another book concerning how war wreaks havoc in people’s lives, Scribbling The Cat, and that I loved.

Her father, Mahfuz Anam, edits and publishes an English language newspaper, has chaired the Asia news Network, and is actively involved in media and political life in Bangladesh. Then, I did not understand, Why maya, who is a member of communist party and a supporter of Mukti Judha did not want to shelter Major! Most of the descriptions of the book compel me to compare it with the book ‘The days of 1971’ by Jahanara Imam. Widow Rehana Haque's daughter Maya and son Sohail are teenagers, both heavily involved in the resistance efforts against West Pakistan.Not a revolutionary, Rehana nevertheless agrees with her children's views and, with a mother's mixed feelings borne of fear of the risks they are taking, gets drawn into their guerilla activities herself. Tahmima Anam's A Golden Age plunges you right into the twin events that form the basis of Rehana's character as a parent, fiercely protective and determined to have them near her. I'm sure many people in the world are unaware of the magnitude of horror that took place in our small country. This is a debut novel set against the Bangladesh War of Independence; it’s not a historical novel, but the story is told through the medium of one family and those in their immediate circle. In her fierce love and desperate need to keep them safe, she is willing to consider some unholy alliances and has to make difficult choices.

I have to give a special shout out thank you to my GR friend Jalilah because if she had invited me to join the Middle Eastern reading group, I wouldn’t have read this wonderful book. It provides an account of the heart-breaking decisions that families may be forced to make in wartime, about sacrifice and the toll of conflict and the particular cruelties of civil war. From all that we see of it in the news over here in Canada, you would think the country is in a perpetual state of flood/disaster/famine. Unfortunately, the less-than-stellar prose and the paper-thin characters prevented me from getting pulled in.

She is gradually drawn into the the struggle for Bangladesh's independence and the way it all happens is so suspenseful it puts many thrillers to shame. This is the first in Anam's Bengal trilogy, which follows the fortunes of Rehana's children and grandchildren after the war, and I look forward to the next volume, The Good Muslim. I particularly wanted to understand her daughter, Maya, because Rehana herself seems baffled by her, and only her passionate rage over the fate of her beloved friend Shaheen gives a glimpse of her vulnerabilities.

West enjoyed political and economic supremacy; East was a poor relation, neglected even during the cyclones and floods that plagued its delta planes. Insa o cercetare mai intensa si o mai mare atentie la detalii ar fi facut o mare diferenta in poveste. She grew up listening to the stories of her grandmother harboring freedom fighters and hiding guns and weapons in the family garden. When war comes in 1971, she discovers that, for all her inability to 'replace her mixed tongue with a pure Bengali one', it is the East that is now 'home'; it is Bangladesh for which she will make the greatest sacrifices.

I don’t think I’ve read a book set in Bangladesh before, but I have read a lot of books focusing on the human cost of conflict, and this one covered some familiar territory, while feeling a bit episodic at times. The novel starts on the eve of war for Bangladesh's independence in 1971 (instigated by genocide against Bengali by West Pakistan, which is puzzling looking at geography but not so puzzling if you know about Partition. The author Tahmima Anam was born in Bangladesh, but grew up traveling around the world due to the work of her father, Mahfuz Anam, who is the editor of The Daily Star.



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