Every year, Rehana held a party at Road 5 to mark the day she had returned to Dhaka with the children. She saved her meat rations and made. 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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In the chaos of this era, everyone must make choices. Yes, the narrator is not Bangladeshi, so maybe her mannerisms could be different.
Guardian first book award Gklden and prizes Fiction.
I have to admit the I was unmoved by the first half of the book and though Set against the backdrop of the Goldeen 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.
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To ask other readers questions about A Golden Ageplease sign up. Quotes from A Golden Age. Rehana’s sisters in Karachi and sister-in-law in Lahore are, in contrast although they all grew up in Calcuttacontemptuous and racist towards Hindus. When the Pakistani military junta launched its attack on its citizens both children become active in the resistance movement, pulling Rehana into its intrigue as well.
And then suddenly, A Golden Age for Rehana returns when she finds love again. Lately the children had little time for anything but the struggle. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. When war comes inshe discovers that, for all her inability to ‘replace her mixed tongue with a pure Bengali one’, it is the East that is now ‘home’; it is Bangladesh for which she will make the greatest sacrifices. Pakistan mainly practiced Islam and spoke Urdu. The book features the attacks on the city of Dhaka during Operation Searchlight.
Moving around with a truck full of soldiers and weapons is just fantasy. She grew up listening to the stories of her grandmother harboring freedom fighters and hiding guns and weapons in the family garden. Another mother left her child and fled to escape death.
Faiz was reading a English newspaper where Maya, from Calcutta has published an essay in support of guerrilla war. Is not it strange! I’m sure many people in the world are unaware of the magnitude of horror that took place in our small country.
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goden So this book was a crash course in that–I was wrapped up in the lives of the characters while simultaneously researching the history of the war and country as a whole. The guests were always the same: West Pakistan, now all that remains of Pakistan is, and was inhabited by a Punjabi majority. There was a reason why I picked up the Bangladesh series for my June TBR, and the reason was pretty simple, to know more about a country and it’s genocide that I have only heard from my father.
Rehana Haque was widowed at a young age and struggled to keep her small family together. But, since this is Anam’s debut novel I’m hoping in the second book of the series the weaknesses have been remedied. What an opening line.
A Golden Age
So now I think I know enough to at least get a sense 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. I need a novel, or at least a memoir, a personal st I did not know even the most solid facts of this history. 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.
The book has, however, received some criticism for having factual inaccuracies.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The days of 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.
She held it in her hand as she wandered through the rest of the garden, ducking between the wall-hugging jasmine and the hibiscus, crossing the tiny vegetable patch that was giving them the last of the season’s cauliflower, zigzagging past the mango tree, the lemon tree, the shouting-green banana tree. The book ends December 16,the day that the treaty is signed and Bangladesh gained their independence.
Her gradual acceptance of this reconciles the emotional tension of the novel. Still, the story is populated with refugees and soldiers and citizens who must choose where All in all, this book agge just okay-to-good. This historical fiction novel centers around the point of view of Rehana Haque, a widowed mother who struggles through Bangladesh Liberation War as both her children become increasingly involved with the war efforts.
Rehana is drawn into their high-risk, underground world, and ultimately it is she who makes the decisions and takes the heroic actions that affect the lives of those around her. 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. Txhmima daughter at rifle practice.
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