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The junta annulled the results of the elections and arrested Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Mujibur Agf. And it really is her story, as the author shows us her grief and fear and qnam, but once war begins, we are kept removed from events and even, to some extent, from the bby. This was Tahmima Anam’s first novel, and it won a Commonwealth Prize for best first book.

And I got a clear picture of Bengali life. View all 3 comments. 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. Rehana Haque is a woman born in Kolkata, widow of a Pakistani, and mother of Bangladeshi freedom fighters stuck in a war for a country she struggles to identify with.

Dear Husband, I lost our children today. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The least any writer can do is remain faithful to the tqhmima, and not make it so bland that all the horror seems like a breeze.

And what better way to show tragedies of war via a family, a human touch that explains the consequences in a much better way. Other books in the series.

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It was the day of the tenth celebration party for her two children’s return, when the gun fire started in the city and keep on thundering for the next nine months in Open Preview See a Problem? I actually stopped reading for a bit while I did some internet searching on the Bangladesh War of Independence and on East Pakistan, of which I knew nothing whatsoever. Sohail was her first-born, and so tender, and Maya was so hard, all sympathy goleen out of her by the throaty chants of the street march, the pitch of the slogan.

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Despite hearing negative reviews, I tried to keep an open mind while reading this. Hardcover version, which I picked up as a discard from a Friends of the Library sale. She had to keep reminding herself of this fact. The book is about the life of a family during a tumultuous tahmimw in which over a million of people were killed, raped and tortured.

Trivia About A Golden Age. I’m going to start right into the next book of this trilogy, The Good Muslimwhile the characters are still fresh in my mind.

One general after another made promises they had no intention of keeping.

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Historical novelWar novel. Tahmima Anam is one of those rare authors who can write about normal, everyday events and have them be utterly compelling. But immediately you can tell that this book was written by an outsider.

This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Also, there is a moment in the story when there is a bit of stagnation. Sohail and Maya both were into student politics during their college days, Sohail taking inspiration from political leaders and poetry, and Maya dressing up in white sari always, marching and practicing with wooden guns with her classmates. Whereas East Pakistan had both muslim and hindu populations and spoke mainly Bengali. But no one can foresee what will happen in the days and months that follow.

The trip was cut short, in order to escape the rising waters, and I never felt like I had the chance to properly ‘meet’ the country. 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 good enough that I’m willing to forgive that.


And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will be forced to face a heartbreaking dilemma. Life was good in her bungalow with her card-playing friends, her two neighbors who were more than family to her, and a secret she kept since her children were taken away from her ten years earlier. Her daughter at rifle practice. Then, I did not understand, Why maya, who is a member of communist party and a supporter of Mukti Judha did not want to shelter Major!!

Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War qge Independence, ‘A Golden Age’ is agee story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism. Some good parts but not enough of a story, not enough history She lives in London.

West Pakistan, now all that remains of Pakistan is, and was inhabited by a Punjabi majority. And then I saw the brown dirty waters, gray skies and tense worried faces that were such a familiar sight on the newscasts.

This lead the author to be inspired to write about everyday citizen’s war experience and small, but meaningful ways they can become revolutionaries.

The mother will do almost anything for her children. Okay, before I say other things, first a little about Tahmima. She had time to wake Maya and drag her to goldfn drawing room. And sure enough, within a week or two of arrival, w floods arrived in Dhaka, displacing thousands. A Golden Age – Nevisande: Rehana took care of major and provided breakfast, lunch and dinner to him. Lately the children had little time for anything but the struggle.

The central theme here, in the book about Bangladesh, is that all can be tahmoma except her children.