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A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
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Jan 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: literary_fiction
Read in February, 2008

A very well written novel about the 1971 war between West and East Pakistan in which many people were brutally tortured and/or murdered and which resulted in the formation of the independent nation of Bangladesh. After reading Shamsie's books, particularly Kartography (which in part deals with the war from the other side--i.e., West Pakistan), I felt more informed than I might have been about the historical events. The main character is a widow who's had quite a difficult life, despite her middle-class security, even before the war starts. The theme of how much will a parent sacrifice to save her children is explored in interesting ways within the context of essentially a civil and religious war.

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