The Good Muslim
Pankaj Mishra praised A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam's debut novel, as a "startlingly accomplished and gripping novel that describes not only the tumult of a great historical event…but also the s
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The Good Muslim is the second book in the Haque family trilogy. It begins in 1984, thirteen years after the war. Bangladeshis are not necessarily much better off than before the war. The country has had two presidents assassinated and is now living under the thumb of the Dictator. Martial law is in effect, war criminals still have not been prosecu...more
The Good Muslim is set in the context of the war of independence in Bangladesh. A bloody war, terrible things seen, terrible things done. What happens afterwards? How do people cope with the pain, the guilt, the memories?
In the novel, a brother and sister,both active in th...more
Some events were unexplained, some links were missing, that is how this story felt like. After I finished reading this novel, I found out that it was a sequel to the author’s first novel: A Golden Age.
The novel drifts between two different periods, the seventies after the war of independence, when it was time to move on and build the new Bangladesh, and (I quote) “It was time, they were told, to forgive. Forgive and forget. Absolve and misremember. Erase and move on. No sorrys were exchanged”....more
Imagine my surprise at finding out a quarter of the way through that this book is a sequel to Golden Age! I kept my frustrations at check about the glacial pace and the jumpy narrative and breezed through the pages. At the end, as much as it pains me,...more
In Bangladesh, which achieved independence after a short war with Pakis...more
It’s the story of Maya Haque, a young woman seeking an identity which fulfils both her intellectual and emotional needs. But, set in Bangladesh in two alternating time periods, 1972, just after the war of independence and 12 years later in 1984 when political disillusionment had set in, the novel does not only depict the conflicts that beset Maya i...more
Maya and her brother Sohail Haque are the ‘stars’ of this incredible novel. These are two souls who have survived the war of Independence that birthed the nation of Bangladesh, and the revolution that finally has calmed down in their world. Maya wants nothing more than to begin again. Deciding to go the route...more
I have just come back from a book group where we discussed this book, and the overall impression was that the shifting time frames had caused quite a bit of confusion. Added to this was the fact that, within the more recent time frame, there were also flash-backs to the earlier time. Kindle readers, in particular, found this problematic.
However, I did learn a lot about Bangladesh, a country that rarely appears in fiction, and for this reason I gave the b...more
The whole story is actually seen in the eye of Maya, the protagonist, and occasionally hopping into other minor character. Among them we also have Rehana, the protagonist of the first book and Sohail, mainly in flashbacks, the mukti who has become religious after the war.
There are a lot of books on the after effect of war on personal minds. This is one such book. Written in historical settin...more
The Good Muslim picks up in 1984, over a decade after the end of A Golden Age, which chronicled the experiences of a family during Bangladesh's war for independence. Now the country is ruled by the unnamed Dictator, religious extremism is on the rise, and the Haque family is divided by the son Sohail's adopting such an extreme version of Islam that even toothb...more
In The Good Muslim, it has been about a decade since the war ended and Bangladesh gained its independence. A lot has happened in the time between December of 1971 and February of 1984, and Bangladesh is now being ruled by a dictator. Sohail has...more
This is the story of a family after the war that creates an independent Bangladesh. The sister pushes herself as far from religion as...more
Po dlhých rokoch odlúčenia sa Maya vracia domov, kde nachádza brata, zmeneného na nepoznanie. Zatiaľ čo ona ostala verná svojim revolucionárskym názorom, jej brat sa zmenil na nepo...more
I really enjoyed reading The Golden Age by the same author and was really looking forward to read her second book. I am sad to say this book suffers from the sophomore syndrome. While there isn't something terribly wrong with this book, it just isn't as great as the first one. I was curious to find out what happened with the Haque family but this version of the characters was a little odd. They didn't seem like the same people anymore. I guess war does that go you, but these characters seemed t...more
I picked this up because of our family's 16 stay in Pakistan. We lived through the events that haunt this brother and sister--but from 1000 miles away in what was then West Pakistan. As foreigners we little understood the civil war...more
After studying at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, she earned a PhD in Social Anthropology.
Her first novel, A Golden Age, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Prize, and was the winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book....more