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The Silent and the Lost

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Alex Salim McKensie, a war baby of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence, is adopted by the McKensies, an American family that has lost their only son in Vietnam. Years later, Alex falls in love with Sangeeta Rai, but their happiness is threatened when the enigma of his birth casts a dark shadow over their relationship. The Silent and the Lost opens with the wedding of A ...more
Paperback, 458 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Pacific Breeze Publishers, LLC
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Patricia
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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When I think of a descriptive word that best describes “The Silent and the Lost” by Abu Zubair, the only word that applies is “beauty”. Beauty in the pages and hardcover binding; beauty in the picture and artwork of the front cover; beauty in Abu Zubair’s words, sentences, paragraphs, and chapters; beauty in the relationships described; beauty in the flow of this incredible novel. Once opened, I did not want to
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Mayra
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Silent and the Lost is an interesting and educational novel about the war between East and West Pakistan in the 1970s.

The story starts in Brentwood, California in 1997 at the beautiful wedding of Alex Salim McKensie & Sangeeta Rai, a couple deeply in love. Alex, our hero, was adopted at the age of four in Pakistan by an American couple and brought to the United States in 1972. A war baby haunted by the mystery of his identity, Alex decides to travel to Bangladesh to find out about his ro
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I went into this book from a critical point of view. Normally I read for the pleasure and escape of it. But you send me a book the least I could do is write a review.That being said after I read the first paragraph I knew my attempts would be in vain. But Id deal with that later my esp told me I was going to adore this story and needless to say I wasn't wrong.

Now being born in 1984 and slightly ignorant about the world i live in I had no idea the tragedies that un
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Ming
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is generally well written and the main story is well imagined. I believe this book was self-published and as a result (this is very notable!), there are some key elements which tarnished the quality of this book for me as a reader. (The reviews here and Amazon seem...um...er... "overwhelming," due to creative marketing(?).)

This debut could have been significantly stronger. Foremost, this book would have benefitted from a rigorous, professional editor. There are grammatical errors, misp
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Lori Henrich
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex is war baby of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence, he is adopted by the McKensies in America. The McKensies had recently lost their son in Vietnam. The Silent and the Lost opens with the wedding of Alex and Sangeeta, and then goes back in time to 1971 and the political conflict in East Pakistan.

It is a story of heroism and betrayal, family and friendship, love and anguish. This is the story of the nine months of revolution that created Bangladesh. A story of two generations spread acr
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Elizabeth
Mar 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The Silent and the Lost is an interesting and educational novel about the war between East and West Pakistan in the 1970s. A very good book about history I did not even know exsisted. I Really enjoyed reading this book. It is a long story but well worth the Read. Proves so many cultures are differant , but yet we are so much alike in many ways. I won this book on good Reads Thank you Abu for a great book.
Carol
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Thanks to Goodreads for the chance to read this book.

This was a very moving story taking place in Bangladesh during 1971. I was 9 years old at the time and do not recall hearing about this revolution, only of VietNam which is mentioned often. The human toll was devastating, as in any war. This story was written with care for description so the reader feels like a part of it.

This was not an enjoyable read nor an easy one (for the most part) due to the subject matter, yet I am glad I had the oppo
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Rebekah
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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I enjoyed this story based in history, it was something I was not familiar with. The thing that bothered me about this book was the footnotes. Footnotes are there to briefly explain something you may not understand, but in this book the footnotes was almost it's own story. I feel the author had trouble cutting down the information, which is fine, but I would have preferred it woven in to the story instead of as a separate story, or footnote.
Andd Becker
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
The focus of the novel is Bangladeshi history: the genocide of 1971. Writing about how this event affects the lives of the characters is the author's challenge. The author provides a helpful glossary.
The setting includes the East Pakistan/Indian border and East Pakistan in 1971. The triumph is the independence of Bangladesh.
I received this book free through the goodreads FIRST READS program.

Inga Aksamit
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent account of an important international event

Historically accurate, this novel illustrates a tragic chapter in the emergence of Bangladesh. I was an American child living in Dacca at the beginning of the war and this book helped me understand the vague memories I had of a terrifying time before we were evacuated.
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Abu Zubair is an author, an electrical engineer and a California farmer.
He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His father was the Joint Director of Industries of East Pakistan.
He lived through the horrific nine months of the Bangladesh War of Independence and wrote ‘Memoirs of a Child,’ an essay describing his experience during 1971, that won the Shankar Children’s Award from the Prime Minister of Indi
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