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Extract: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam | Books | The Guardian

There was a red-and-yellow tent in case of rain, lemonade in case of heat, cucumber salad, spicy yoghurt. The abundance of good food during the war. Rehana isn’t a strong nationalist,she does everything her son asks because of her blind affection.

East Pakistan was formed when British ruled ended in India and Pakistan was formed in It had started when Sohail entered the university. She clung greedily to this almost, but she knew it would not last long, this hovering, flirting with adulthood.

And ne’er the twain shall meet

I found this book to have the perfect combination of elements in just the right proportions. The audio was fantastic–the reader, Golddn Jaffrey, made you feel like you were sitting with an auntie, telling the story from Rehana’s POV.

Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, ‘A Golden Age’ is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism. Already they were beings apart, fast on their way to shedding the fierce hungry mother-need.

She tries to maintain her home as things gradually deteriorate all around her and her children become ever more deeply embroiled in the resistance to the murderous thugs including her brother-in-law whose home was in West Pakistanwho had invaded their country.

She is gradually drawn into the the struggle for Bangladesh’s independence and the way it all happens is so susp Set in Bangladesh on the eve of the War of Independence with Pakistan inA Golden Age is the story of a family, Rehana Haque, her son, Sohail, and daughter Maya.

As a Muslim woman and mother caught in the midst of a violent conflict, Rehana reminded me of the main character in The Woman from TantouraRuqayya, so I could not help finding this book less impressive than Ashour’s superlative novel, although it is certainly affecting and expressive.

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Sohail gets into a training camp for guerrillas, and Maya starts working with thamima newspaper publishing revolutionary articles in Calcutta. They were not children any more. Like the bungalow, it had been built with its back to the sun.

And then, a swift jump into the Bangladesh ofwhen elections were held and Mujib was to be sworn in as Prime Minister. I hope to find another, better novel from and about Bangladesh, and, yes, I might try a later one from Tahmima Anam. We are on different sides anan The death of her husband and her fight to keep her children, when her dead husband’s brother and his childless wife claim they could take better care of them.

As her children get older Rehana struggles to relate to them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This is a fictional take on the Liberation war of Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh Liberation War, Rehana Haque self-worth is predicated on the well-being of her son and daughter, whom she lost for a brief time when her husband died suddenly. Just a moment abam we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Major is even older than Rehana!! Want to Read saving….

It tells the story of an apolitical widow who is caught up in the Bangledesh War of Independence, and of her reluctant contributions as her son and daughter join the resistance. Instead it was a missed opportunity. But they’re were too many logical inconsistencies that couldn’t be overlooked. Aye poignant exploration of how war and conflict impact a single family.

I love reading about food, and this novel was very satisfying on that score, with every meal at least briefly described.

Review: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam | Books | The Guardian

There is a moment when Rehana cannot make out her own feelings – ‘it could have been a smile, or it could have been a grimace,’ she thinks.

Ever since ’48, the Pakistani authorities had ruled the eastern wing of the country like a colony. Rehana’s children escape the attacks on Dhaka University due to an engagement party yolden Silvi.

Kindle Editionpages. Open Preview See a Problem? It also made me more interested in the history of the region, so perhaps there is some compelling non-fiction I could parse through. Still, the story is populated with refugees and soldiers and citizens who must choose where their loyalties lie, so it kept my interest through the end.

A Golden Age

I enjoyed it and it covered an area that I know too little about. Both books have sentences that are not translated into English. A Golden Age, a story so powerful and heart-rending that takes you back to the real account of Bangladesh Liberation War through the experiences of Rehana Haque and her family.

What an opening line. She is very much successful in selling her books.

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