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A Golden Age

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This is an effective way to communicate the urgent story of the conflict, and I was engaged with Rehana's feelings and relationships.

The author Tahmima Anam was born in Bangladesh, but grew up traveling around the world due to the work of her father, Mahfuz Anam, who is the editor of The Daily Star.Our protagonist, Rehana, is an unintentional hero, pushed by circumstance to be extraordinarily courageous when all she wants is a life of wholeness and peace. This was not because Rehana wanted to do it for her country, she did the things she did, for her kids. Mujib was prevented from taking office by President General Yahya Khan, of West Pakistan, who along with many of his fellow Punjabis and Pathans held the Bengalis in low regard. This book must have put it on people's radar, and maybe inspired them to get to know about our nation a little better. I need a novel, or at least a memoir, a personal story that I can feel along with, to absorb even the simplest information about past events.

I've had this book since I found it on paperbackswap in 2012, so it's been on my shelf for a while too.She was born in 1975 in Dhaka but has grown up abroad (Goodreads says in Paris, New York City and Bangkok).

This led to the 1971 Bangladesh genocide that caused millions of refugees to flee to India and the deaths of 58,000 to 3,000,000 civilians. However, the writing, although more than proficient, and often very beautiful, wasn’t transporting enough to raise this book above a 3 star read for me. War is people doing terrible things to each other, something that the author refuses to bow to, as it would sully her perfectly formed, not really believable characters. Anam follows the lives of this one family and their close neighbours, illustrating how the historical events of that year affected people and changed them.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. Povestea de viata a Rehanei este foarte interesanta, ea, asa cum se descrie fiind intai de toate o mama. Ca poveste, romanul este frumos, vocea Rehanei te atrage intr-o istorisire simpla, o descriere usor naiva a unor evenimente dramatice (cand profesori si intelectuali erau executati la Universitate, personajele noastre mananca byiriani si o casatoresc pe Sylvie). So it was good to read a novel written by a Bengali, and feel like she has shown me a personal portrait of a family living through, and taking part in, the country's tumultuous birth in 1971. Throughout the story, Rehana does sympathise with the emotion of independent Bangladesh, but she did end up being a big part of the movement.

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