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A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
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Sep 01, 10

Read from August 26 to 31, 2010

This book hit close to home since I'm Bangladeshi-American. But even if I wasn't, there's a lot to take away from this novel about a country that's ill-explored and about a genocide that the world knows virtually nothing about. Tahmina Anam does a great job streamlining Bangladesh's fight for independence into a linear family drama.

A Golden Age has some great characters; the feminist Maya (who also might be a lesbian) and her Pacifist-turned guerilla soldier brother. Her weakest character is the main character; Rehana. Another weakness of the book is that nothing fatally tragic happens to any of the main characters, so the plot reads like a typical happy-ending Bollywood movie.

A good, simple approach to a complicated topic.
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