16 Mar Kamila Shamsie finds few certainties in A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam, a story rooted in the birth pangs of Bangladesh. A Golden Age: A Novel [Tahmima Anam] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Rehana Haque, a young widow, blissfully prepares for the party . A Golden Age. Tahmima Anam [Tahmima Anam] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As Rehana awakes one morning, she might be forgiven.

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Rehana’s neighbors and many of the other minor characters are sharply drawn and their stories are intertwined with those of Rehana and her children.

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By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from Bookperk and other HarperCollins services. Although many people seem to expect this book to present more of a history ofthat is probably because tahjima many books on the period and place are available in mainstream literature.

I need a novel, or at least a memoir, a personal story that I can feel along with, to absorb even the simplest information about past events. I realised I wanted to write a novel about how ordinary people are transformed by war, and once I discovered this, I turned to the story of my maternal grandmother, Mushela Islam, and how she became a revolutionary.

View all 10 comments. Tahmima Agf has offered that here, threading the line of a history with beads of life. My only other complaint is that the romance subplot is not exactly compelling, but it gets little page time and the rest of the book is tahmia enough that I’m willing to forgive that.

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About Product Details Praise Rehana Haque, a young widow, blissfully prepares for the party she will host for her son and daughter. Laced through A Golden Age is the idea of a ‘cycle’, a sense q going-around and coming-around.

Trivia About A Golden Age. The novel is well written and easy to read; the main strength is the family drama and there is a good bit of tension as well. Of a family who survived when Rehana Haque did everything she could, facing death and destruction, to protect her two children, daughter Maya and son Sohail.



A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

The War of Liberation in is a matter of great pain and pride for us. By the second chapter the novel has moved forward tothe year when civil war in Pakistan led to the formation of Bangladesh.

In general there is one act, one event after another. First they tried to force everyone to speak Urdu instead of Bengali. In a moment of crisis Rehana assesses her stores and decides she can feed her family for five days, then she finds that her Hindu tenant is sheltering a group of twenty or thirty refugees, and she immediately uses afe her supplies preparing hot vegetarian food for them.

I love reading about food, and this novel was very satisfying on that score, with every meal at least briefly described. Which is the point: Our countries are at war; yours goldsn mine.

It pursued t The Bangladesh War of Independence, or simply the Liberation War in Bangladesh, was a revolution and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in East Pakistan and the Bangladesh genocide.

Her children are almost grown, the city is buzzing with excitement after recent elections. I read this for the Booklikes-opoly challenge, for the square Adventureland One does not need to cross Howrah Bridge to reach Saltlake from Calcutta.

Those days it was impossible to move around individually, aanam or not. It seems to be intended more as a universal story about families and war which happens to be set in Bangladesh, rather than a book about Bangladesh; the story is strong although there wasn’t as much sense of place as I expected.

Rehana and her children, Sohail and Maya get trapped into the war. Still, the story is populated with refugees and soldiers and citizens who must choose where All in all, this book was just okay-to-good. 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.

At the same night Mrs. As she recited the pickle recipe to herself, Rehana wondered what her sisters would make of her at this very moment. The mother will do almost anything for her children.

The Bangladesh Tahhmima of Independence, or simply the Liberation War in Bangladesh, was a sge and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in East Pakistan and the Bangladesh genocide. While most of the actions in the story takes place duringthe book opens with an event in Marchwhen Rehana, a new and impoverished widow, loses her children in a court-ordered transfer of custody to Rehana’s brother and childless sister-in-law.


But I felt like I was towing bad luck behind me. The novel moves from pain to beauty, and often treads a line between the two. A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam follows the story of Haque family, who reside in Bangladesh peacefully with their neighbors and other beings. This sense of the world turning cannot help goolden be reflected by the nature of the land in question. Read a book set in Africa or Asia, or that has an exotic animal on the cover. The story falters when it isn’t tagging along with the fantastical events of what actually happened.

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. She imagined the letter she would write. About the birth of India, it also covers the separation of Pakistan and Bangladesh but in a much more vivid, interesting way. We all may know about the genocide in Bangladesh, but then we don’t now the details. But on the eve of war, Sohail and Maya, her two children, are with her in Dhaka. Bangladesh used to be East Pakistan and full of questions about its identity.

The book started a little slow and I was wondering how committed I would be, but I was hooked by the end. Now, ten years later, she fears losing them again, this time to golde war. Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in Sudden mood change due to hormonal imbalance?

The first chapter begins with that day in when the court gives custody to her brother and sister-in-law, who live in Lahore, West Pakistan over miles and an expensive flight away from Dhaka East Pakistan.