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Songs At the River's Edge: Stories From a Bangladeshi Village

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Katy Gardner’s account of her fifteen-month stay in the small Bangladeshi village of Talukpur has become a classic study of rural life in South Asia. Through a series of beautifully crafted narratives, the villagers and their stories are brought vividly to life and the author’s role as an outsider sensitively conveyed in her descriptions of the warm friendships she makes. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 20th 1997 by Pluto Press (first published 1992)
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Andrea
In my year of reading the Indian sub-continent, having already discovered quite a few gems, this is the one amongst all of them so far that is going to stay with me. Thirty years ago, Katy Gardner conducted the fieldwork for her PhD in Social Anthropology in a small rural village in the Sylhet region of Bangladesh. Ten years later she wrote this book as a kind of companion to her thesis, weaving together her observations and experiences into a series of stories that together describe her 15 ...more
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Jul 15, 2015 Ken Powell rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book, I really did. A book about my beloved Bangladesh where I spent nearly six blissfully happy years written by a British woman who was a social anthropologist and should therefore have written with wonderful insight - how could I not like it? Unfortunately I was to be disappointed.

To be fair to the author, there may be many mitigating reasons for this. She visited Bangladesh in 1987, only 16 years after the terrible birth of the country, ravaged by a war the scars of wh
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Sheila
Jun 06, 2009 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thom, Lendy, Jody
The author is a young English anthropologist who lived in a rural Bangladesh village for a year as part of her graduate work. The stories are those of the people among whom she lived, and they are fascinating. She achieves that delicate balance that is so difficult for Westerners writing about other cultures--an awareness of her own Western lens that affects her interpretation of the lives she finds there, through which she shows us the details of those lives that increase our awareness. This is ...more
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Katy Gardner is a British author, best known for her novel Losing Gemma, which was turned into a two part mini series for ITV1 in 2006. As well as writing, she also teaches Social Anthropology at Sussex University.
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