A Golden Age (Bangla Desh #1)
Rehana Haque, a young widow, blissfully prepares for the party she will host for her son and daughter. But this is 1971 in East Pakistan, and change is in the air.
Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution; of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism in the midst of chaos—and of one woman's heartbreaking str...more
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 ...more
There is the brutality of war, mostly at a distance, sometimes present and political events intrude; but there is a continuum of fa ...more
Dear Husband,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.
I lost our children today.
The first chapter begins with that day in 1959 when the court gives custody to her brother and siste ...more
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 ...more
While this is a beautiful setup, and there are some very striking scenes, it is sadly not because of the book that they are striki ...more
Rehana Haque was widowed at a young age and struggled to keep her small family together. But on the eve of war, Sohail and Maya, her two children, are with her in Dhaka. Both are fiercely patriotic and politically active university students, and when war breaks out both play an active role. Reh ...more
The novel follows Reena who lives in what today is Bangladesh. When the book opens Reena has just lost her children to her in-laws, and then the book jumps a few years into the future where Reena and her children struggle though Bangladesh birth pains as the country gains its independence from Pakistan.
While Reena ...more
I have to admit the I was unmoved by the first half of the book and though ...more
The story takes place during the nine-month-long Bangladesh War of Independence in 1971. Widow Rehana Haque's daughter Maya and son Sohail are teenagers, both heavily involved in the resistance efforts against West Pakistan. When her children were small and she first becam ...more
A Golden Age is the story of a family--told from the point-of-view of a mother with two teenage children--during Bangladesh's war for independence in 1971. It seems to be intended more as a universal story about families and war which happens to be set ...more
'A Golden Age' is painted with realistic hues of brutality and marciless tortures of Pakistan armies during the liberation war.
There are small details-scent of mothballs,Maya's long healthy braid,Mrs. Sengupta's pink hued drawing room,Sohel's desperation for his unrequited love,hidden guns under rosebushes,Major's ugly and wounded bandaged ...more
There was a reason why I picked up the Bangladesh series for my June #TBR, and the reason was pretty simple, to know more about a country and it's genocide that I have only heard from my father. And now when I am done with the first book of the series, A Golden Age, I am really glad of my decision.
A Golden Age by Tahm ...more
While I was looking for non-fiction novels about the history of Bangladesh, I came across this. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for but, nonetheless, I enjoyed it just as much. A Golden Age tells the story of the Haque family’s experiences during the war from the perspective of Rehana. A Golden Age begins with a newly widowed Rehana who had been declared unfit by a judge and has had her children taken away. By the second chapter, 20 or s0 years have passed. It's now 1971 and her children ha ...more
1) I don't think it will be selected for common book, and
2) It's an adult book. If it were a teen bo ...more
Despite the violent backdrop of war and torture, this is a quiet book- a heavy, damp world seen through Rehana's ...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 ...more