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It was there to remind her of what she had lost, and what she had won. Hardcover version, which I picked up as a discard from a Friends of the Library sale.
The novel then jumps forward and is set inin Dhaka, the year of its war of independence, when East separated from West and became Bangladesh when you look at the area on a map, they are geographically separate, with no common border, India lying between them.
Sohail gets into a training camp for guerrillas, and Maya starts working with a newspaper publishing revolutionary articles in Calcutta.
Chowdhury to me please. A Golden Age is a novel that might prove to be an important part of the history of Bangladesh. Ansm includes giving up the man she grows to love to save her son and herself. It towered above the bungalow, its two golcen storeys overlooking the smaller house. Tahmima Anam might have Bangaldeshi ancestry, but she wrote like a non-native. She is not politically active, she is not a superwoman.
In December night, fan is goldeh full speed! Whereas East Pakistan had both muslim and hindu populations and spoke mainly Bengali. The climax was totally unexpected, and when I read it, I simply closed the book and my eyes for thirty-forty minutes, devouring into Rehana’s character and the choice she made.
A Golden Age
Veering between indulgence and censure, ‘there was a part of her that wanted to allow her children anything – any whimsy, any zeal, any excess’, while ‘another part of her wanted them to have nothing to do with it all, to keep them safe at home’. The denouement left me slightly annoyed, but despite that, it was a beautifully written story in prose that flowed like music on paper.
Who is this man?
While this is a beautiful setup, and there are some very striking scenes, it is sadly not because of the book that they are striking, it is simply history. It was translated into 22 languages. It’s clear that such attitudes facilitate genocidal ‘cleansing’ of Bengal. The ending left the impression that this book might be a series which it turned out to be.
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
It agd to be intended more as a universal story about families and war which happens to be set Tahmima Anam is one of those rare authors who can write about normal, everyday events and have them be utterly compelling. The book is about the life of a family during a tumultuous time in which over a million of people were killed, raped and tortured.
Rehana is a wonderful character, loving but flawed, and gifted with depths and strengths I would never have expected in the early part of the the book.
Life was good in her bungalow with her card-playing friends, her two aanam who were more than family to her, and a secret she kept since her children were taken away from her ten years earlier. And what better way to show tragedies of war via a family, a human touch that explains the consequences in a much better way. And then, goldrn swift jump into the Bangladesh ofwhen elections were held and Mujib was to be sworn in as Prime Minister.
And then I saw the brown dirty waters, gray skies and tense worried faces that were such a familiar sight on the newscasts. A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam follows the story of Haque family, who reside in Bangladesh peacefully with their neighbors and other beings.
Moving around with a truck full of soldiers and weapons is just fantasy. I imagined battle scenes, political rallies, and the grand sweep of history. Both books have sentences that are not translated into English.
Extract: A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam | Books | The Guardian
I did not have access to the translations because they are not included in the audiobook version. Tahmia are not stories at all,these are real incidents.
This is an effective way to communicate the urgent story of the conflict, and I was engaged with Rehana’s feelings and relationships. Pakistan mainly practiced Islam and spoke Urdu.