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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Anam writes of torture, brutality, refugees and desperation, but she also writes of love and joy, food and song. 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’s devastation and her obsession with regaining her children is the defining event of her life and shapes many of her later choices.

Had the first half been as strong as the second half I would probably rate it a 5.

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This affliction leads Rehana to struggle with finding her own identity outside of motherhood. 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The days of Quotes from A Golden Age. I did not know even the most solid facts of this history. Sohail gets into a training camp for guerrillas, and Maya starts working with a newspaper publishing revolutionary articles in Calcutta. She will do and sacrifice anything for their happiness. She saved her meat rations and made biryani. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses.


I would certainly recommend this one. For Rehana Haque, a young Urdu-speaking widow born in the western ‘horn’ but living in in the Bengali East, the chasm dividing Pakistan has long been metaphorical as well as geographic. Refresh and try again.

A Golden Age is laced with transliterations of Bangla and Urdu words, which will be understood by those familiar with the sub-continent, but may puzzle readers who are agee. Rehana’s whole adult life has centered around her children.

A Golden Age

West enjoyed political and economic supremacy; East was a poor relation, neglected even during the cyclones and floods that plagued its delta planes. There is subtleness about the writing, yet it is a gripping story. She is a single mother; her children are in their late teens and are part of the struggle for independence. As she recited the pickle recipe to herself, Rehana wondered what her sisters would make of her at this very moment.

Reh Set in Dhaka against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence aka the Liberation WarTahmima Anam ‘s debut novel is a small but powerful story about family, heroism and different kinds of love. At nineteen and seventeen, they were almost grown up. Bangladesh was known as East Pakistan before it’s fight for independence from Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War.


Someone whose fortunes had nowhere to go She is gradually drawn into the the struggle for Bangladesh’s independence and the way it all happens is so susp Set in Bangladesh on the eve of the War of Independence with Pakistan inA Golden Age is the story of a family, Rehana Haque, her son, Sohail, and daughter Maya.

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam – Canongate Books

After 25 th, refugees came to find a shelter at the house, Shona. That could have led to a story of anguish and interesting philosophical questions.

Its aim was to decimate the Bengali population. Our countries are at war; yours and mine. At nineteen and seventeen, they were almost grown up.

I look forward to checking out the next book the trilogy. It was full of effort. A Golden Age is a novel that might prove to be an important part of the history of Bangladesh.

The death of her husband and her fight to keep her children, when her dead husband’s brother and his childless wife claim they could take better care of them. Bangladesh used to be East Pakistan golven full of questions about its identity. It had started when Sohail entered the university. Maybe good for a movie!