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A Golden Age

View all 5 comments. Rehana turned back to the bungalow and entered the drawing room. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. A soldier is forced to become a barbarian and then he has no other option but to perform unspeakable courses.

The denouement left me slightly annoyed, but despite that, it was a beautifully written story in prose that flowed like music on paper. She had to keep reminding herself of this fact. And then I saw the brown dirty waters, gray skies and tense worried x that were such a familiar sight on the newscasts.

This was Tahmima Anam’s first novel, and it won a Ny Prize for best first book. It will be interesting too, to see if and how Anam’s writing style has changed for this book that has come out 3 years after the first one.

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam – Canongate Books

Hardcover version, which I picked up vy a discard from a Friends of the Library sale. The scratched, loved, faded whitewash of the veranda wall. She grew up listening to the stories of her grandmother harboring freedom fighters and hiding guns and weapons in the family garden. Please add page count Guardian first book award Awards and prizes Fiction.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. So now I think I know enough to at least get a golsen of the historical, political, and social issues that affect the human story, although I’m sure most of it will still go over my head. Widow Rehana Haque’s daughter Maya and son Sohail are teenagers, both heavily involved in the resistance efforts against West Pakistan.

That could have led to a story of anguish and interesting philosophical questions. Kindle Editionpages. It was full of effort. Moving around with a truck volden of soldiers and weapons is just fantasy. Rehana is appealing and her viewpoint is realistically embodied.

Food is a carrier of emotion and often expresses what can’t be said.

And ne’er the twain shall meet

Rehana’s story shows the often forgotten experience of women in war. I read this for the Booklikes-opoly challenge, for the square Adventureland The mounting Bengali nationalist movement led to the Pakistan army to carry out Operation Searchlight.

The book has, however, received ae criticism for having factual inaccuracies. This sense of the world turning cannot help but be reflected by the nature of the land in question. And yet, they all come out basically unscratched.

Quotes from A Golden Age. Major is even older than Rehana!! I particularly wanted to understand her daughter, Maya, goldwn 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. All in all, this book was just okay-to-good.


By the end, even though the characters may not have been full fleshed out, Anam kicks you in the gut with a split-second choice Haque must make. Content rating PG for war, torture, reports or threats of rape.

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

He may have inherited his mother’s love of Urdu poetry, but it was nothing to the love he had for all things Bengali: And I got a clear picture of Bengali life. And then, a swift anaj into the Bangladesh ofwhen elections were held and Mujib was to be sworn in as Prime Minister. There was a red-and-yellow tent in case of rain, lemonade in case of heat, cucumber salad, spicy yoghurt.

The comment had stung because it was probably true. Yet, her novel which is set mainly in Dhaka during gave me the feeling that she had been an eye-witness of those troubled times. Ten monsoons had softened its edges and drawn meandering, old-age seams into the walls.

A little bit of culture, a little bit of politics, a little bit of betrayal and the dark side of human desire, a little gklden of the horrors of war and torture, and a lot of family loyalty.