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A Golden Age (Bangla Desh #1)

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As young widow Rehana Haque awakes one March morning, she might be forgiven for feeling happy. Her children are almost grown, the city is buzzing with excitement after recent elections. Change is in the air.

But no one can foresee what will happen in the days and months that follow. For this is East Pakistan in 1971, a country on the brink of war. And this family's life is
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Canongate Books (first published 2007)
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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : A Golden Age - Nevisande : Tahmima Anam - ISBN : 719560098 - ISBN13 : 9780719560095 - Dar 276 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007
The Bangladesh War of Independence, or simply the Liberation War in Bangladesh, was a revolution and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in East Pakistan and the 1971 Bangladesh genocide. It resulted in the independence of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. The war began after the Pakistani military junta based in West Pakistan launched Operation Searchlight against the people of East Pakistan on the night of 25 March 1971. It pursued t ...more
Ranendu  Das
Some khademul Islam from ‘Daily star’ has said that this book is a definitive novel on 1971!
Who is this man? Is he from Pakistan or outer planet? Please, send him a copy of ‘The days of 1971’ by Jahanara Imam.

Okay, before I say other things, first a little about Tahmima. She was born in 1975 in Dhaka but has grown up abroad (Goodreads says in Paris, New York City and Bangkok). Thus naturally She has very faint idea about Bengalis and her book says so.

Now she is from Harvard, so it becomes her r
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-of-women
This is a debut novel set against the Bangladesh War of Independence; it’s not a historical novel, but the story is told through the medium of one family and those in their immediate circle. The plot has a personal inspiration and is the story of Rehana Haque. She is a single mother; her children are in their late teens and are part of the struggle for independence.
There is the brutality of war, mostly at a distance, sometimes present and political events intrude; but there is a continuum of fa
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not know even the most solid facts of this history. My ignorance is all the more embarrassing since I live in an area of London with a large Bengali community and count Bengali folks among my students & their families. One of the things I find most frustrating about myself is that my memory will not hold dates, will not hold a timeline, seems radically inhospitable to histories. I find it very difficult to read historical non-fiction. I need a novel, or at least a memoir, a personal st ...more
May 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh, how I love to get my facts of the world from historical fiction! I just can't get enough of it, especially when it's about something I know nothing about, like the 1971 Bangladeshi struggle for independence from Pakistan. A little bit of culture, a little bit of politics, a little bit of betrayal and the dark side of human desire, a little bit of the horrors of war and torture, and a lot of family loyalty. This is one great read. Oh yeah baby!
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, subcontinent
Until the end of 1971, Bangladesh, inhabited mainly by Bengalis, was known as ‘East Pakistan’. West Pakistan, now all that remains of Pakistan is, and was inhabited by a Punjabi majority. In 1970, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (‘Mujib’,a Bengali) and his party won the parliamentary elections. Mujib was prevented from taking office by President General Yahya Khan, of West Pakistan, who along with many of his fellow Punjabis and Pathans held the Bengalis in low regard. He arrested Mujib in early 1971 and ...more
Claire McAlpine
Dear Husband,
I lost our children today.
What an opening line. Tahmima Anam's A Golden Age plunges you right into the twin events that form the basis of Rehana's character as a parent, fiercely protective and determined to have them near her. The death of her husband and her fight to keep her children, when her dead husband's brother and his childless wife claim they could take better care of them.

The first chapter begins with that day in 1959 when the court gives custody to her brother and siste
Nusrat Mahmood
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
অনুবাদ পড়েছি তাই কিছু জায়গা খুব খাপছাড়া মনে হয়েছে। নাহলে বোধয় ৫ তারাই দিতাম। অনুবাদকে খারাপ বলছিনা কিনতু কয়েকটা লাইন যেন আকষরিক অরথে অনুবাদ করা হয়েছে পরথম দিকে। শেষের দিকটায় একদম অবশয সেসব বালাই নেই তাই খুব উপভোগ করেছি। একটা বড় দবিধা ছিল লেখিকার সমপরকে জেনে যে মুকতিযুদধের মতো বিষয়কে আসলে তার মরযাদা অনুযায়ী পরকাশ করতে পারবেন কিনা। কিনতু যত পৃষঠা উলটেছি তত মন ভাল লাগায় ভরে গেছে। শেষের টুইসটটা ভাল ছিল। খুব অলপ কথায় যুদধের ভয়াবহতা তুলে ধরাটাও ভাল লেগেছে। ...more
Tukunjil Nayeera
নিজের চোখে একাততর দেখে লেখা সমৃতিচারণ মূলক মুকতিযুদধ বিষয়ক বেশ কিছু বই এই বছরেই পড়েছি। সেই সমৃতি এখনও টাটকা। এই বই পড়তে গিয়ে রীতিমতো সমসযায় পড়ে গেছি। গলপের সবাই কলপিত চরিতর এই বযাপারটা মেনে নিতে পরথম দিকে বেশ হিমশিম খেতে হয়েছে। সেটা অবশয আমার বযকতিগত সমসযা। অনয কারো সমসযা হবে এমনটা বলছিনা।

বইটা কিনেছিলাম কাভারের লোভে পড়ে। উজজবল সোনালী রঙের একটা কাভার। কি সুনদর! বইয়ের শিরোনামের সাথে সামনজসয রেখে এই কাভার করা হয়েছে বোঝা যায়। আচছা, বইয়ের শিরোনাম কেন A Golden Age বা সোনাঝরা দিন?? একাততরের দুরবিসহ দ
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Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1975. She was raised in Paris, New York City, and Bangkok. Renowned satirist Abul Mansur Ahmed is her grandfather.

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
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