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Sohail and Maya were born in Dhaka and their native tongue is Bengali and have an easy loyalty to Bangladesh. She dipped her fingers into the rosebush, heavy with dew, tahmma plucked a flower. Clemency Burton-Hill of The Guardian described the book as a “stunning debut”; [8] David Robson from The Sunday Telegraph described its beginning as the struggle of a new author, but the story turns “into a real page-turner, with a bravura, heart-stopping ending”; [15] and Theo Chapman from The Sydney Morning Herald called the book a “thought-provoking work and a rewarding read”.

Writing such a piece may prove to be tricky, but then Tahmima Anam pulls it off really well. I visited Bangladesh over twenty years ago, when my mother lived there for several years.

A Golden Age

There is too little history. Who is this man? Rehana instantly cooked chicken dishes, korma, okra etc.

ate There is no room left for the complicated middle that war embodies. For this is East Pakistan ina country on the brink of war. Retrieved 22 July The guests were always the same: Sengupta’s pink hued drawing room,Sohel’s desperation for his unrequited love,hidden guns under rosebushes,Major’s ugly and wounded bandaged leg,refugee shelter in pipe-these small patches of images bring back the days of then Pakistan era.

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Unfortunately, the less-than-stellar prose and the paper-thin characters prevented me from getting pulled in. She shivered a little and rubbed her elbows as she made her way across the lawn.


She is not politically active, she is not a superwoman. It resulted in the independence of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

But no one can foresee what will happen in the days and months that follow. Read a book set in Africa or Asia, or that has an exotic animal on the cover. A poignant exploration of how war and conflict impact a single family. Other books in the series. And lastly and maybe most hilarious, the ease with which the Mukti Bahini went around in trucks to carry arms for their guerilla missions against Pakistan. I have done quite a bit of reading this year on India and the subcontinent, both fiction and non-fiction, so the many untranslated phrases, names of foods, items of clothing, prayer times and rituals, etc, were all quite familiar to me, but for the uninitiated a glossary would have been helpful.

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Laced through A Golden Age is the idea of a ‘cycle’, a sense of going-around and coming-around. She ran her palm across the flat fur of the velvet sofa, the dimpled wood of the dining table.

I picked the book up last night and at 2: While she is not an especially charismatic lead, her character does offer some delicious surprises Following are the few points at which I felt immense amazement disappointment also: Tahmima Anam’s ‘Golden Age tahjima “.

The exact number of deaths is still unknown.

It is an old-fashioned yarn of family love triumphing over adversity, then being further tried by the murky oppressions of rebellion and war, with a good twist to the ending. When the book opens Reena has just lost her children to her in-laws, and then the book jumps a few years into the future where Reena and her children struggle though Bangladesh birth pains as the country gains its independence from Pakistan.

There is the brutality of war, mostly at a distance, sometimes present and political events intrude; but there is a continuum of family life, food, neighbours, love and loss. The language, the pace and the restraint from providing too much graphic detail added up to make this a surprisingly easy read for me. Like the bungalow, it had been built with its back to the sun. And when you read A Golden Age and come across details, you are left stunned.


She had to keep reminding herself of this fact. You will love the characters, especially Taymima and her bold choices, which are really unlikely for a mother who is living in a war-torn country with her children.

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She’s never analytical, and not particularly reflective so I construct her character and those of others in her life mainly from their behaviour, which often isn’t that illuminating. As she recited the pickle recipe to herself, Rehana wondered what her sisters would make of her at this very moment. But after having interviewed more than a hundred survivors of the Bangladesh War for Independence, I realised it was the very small details that always stayed in my mind- the guerilla fighters who exchanged shirts before they went into battle, the women who sewed their best silk saris into blankets for the reugees.

I hope to get to know her better in Anam’s sequel, The Good Muslim Tahmima Anam’s A Golden Age “. The story falters when it isn’t tagging along with the fantastical events of what actually happened. The comment had stung because it was probably true. Topics Books The Observer. I’m glad I’m reading this in a bound version, because there are some descriptions that I’m already stopping to savor, but also because there is so much that I don’t understand.

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