Every year, Rehana held a party at Road 5 to mark the day she had returned to Dhaka with the children. She saved her meat rations and made. A Golden Age: A Novel [Tahmima Anam] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Rehana Haque, a young widow, blissfully prepares for the party . A Golden Age. Tahmima Anam [Tahmima Anam] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. As Rehana awakes one morning, she might be forgiven.
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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 ina country on the brink of war. And this family’s life is As young widow Rehana Haque awakes one March morning, she might be forgiven for feeling happy. And this family’s life is about to change forever. Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War tamhima Independence, ‘A Golden Age’ is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism.
In the chaos of this era, everyone must make choices. And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will be forced to face a yb dilemma. Kindle Editionpages. Published October 13th by HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Golden Ageplease sign up.
Could someone please explain the character of Mrs. Chowdhury to me please. See 1 question about A Golden Age…. Lists with This Book. 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 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 It pursued t 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 Bangladesh genocide.
It pursued the systematic elimination of nationalist Bengali civilians, students, intelligentsia, religious minorities and armed personnel. The junta annulled the results of the elections and arrested Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Mujibur Agf. Wikipedia Rehana Haque, a widow with tahmija young adult children lived in Bangladesh. She had married a man she had not expected to love; loved a man she had not expected to lose; lived a life of moderation, a life of few surprises.
She had asked her father to find her a husband with little ambition. Someone whose fortunes had nowhere to go Life was good in her bungalow with her card-playing friends, her two neighbors who were more than family to her, and a secret she kept since her children were taken away from her ten years earlier.
They came back into her life in a mysterious way. It was the day of the tenth celebration party for her two children’s return, when the gun fire started in the city and keep on thundering tahmims the next nine months in That those nine months of the war were like nine generations, brimming with lives and deaths; that Sohail had survived, while his friends had died; and that here was the city, burned and blistered and alive, where she was going to see what remained of the man with the scar across his face who had lived in her house yolden ninety-six days and passed like a storm through her small life.
A tale of ag, love and betrayal. Of a family who survived when Rehana Haque did everything she could, facing death and destruction, to protect her two children, daughter Maya and son Sohail. The ending left the impression that this byy might be a series which it turned out to be. The denouement left me slightly annoyed, but despite that, it was a beautifully written story in prose that flowed like music on paper.
Colorful, cinematic, atmospheric, mesmerizing, warm, gripping, and absolutely worth the read. Who is this man? Is he from Pakistan or goldeen planet? Okay, before I say other things, first a little about Tahmima. Thus naturally She has very faint idea about Bengalis and her book says so.
Now she is from Harvard, so it becomes her responsibility to write a novel to keep alive the University tradition. Like uncle Ben of Peter Parker, we also can say, With big degree comes big responsibility to write a book! Now what to do! When she has a Bengali origin, why should not she encash the year of ?
Following are the few points at which I felt txhmima amazement disappointment also: The book opens with a description of a party that Rehana was hosting.
The main item was biriyani and as a sweet dish there was jilapi at the end. In my whole life I have never seen that jilapi is given as the sweet dish. Then 25 th of march. The days of Rehana, Sohail and Maya was in the house of Mrs. Chowdhury where out of panic, Mrs.
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Chowdhury forced her daughter Silvi to marry Sabeer. The behavior of the characters that Tahmima portrayed throughout the book are simply illogical and out of consistency. At the same night Mrs.
What a Dog-to-Dog resemblance! After 25 th, refugees came to find a shelter at the house, Shona. Rehana instantly cooked chicken dishes, korma, okra etc. Is not it strange! So far I can imagine, Dhaka is a populated city.
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The guerrilla boys brought their severely wounded Major to Shona one night. A doctor operated him and major tooke shelter for nearly one month. Sometimes Aref or Joy or the Doctor used to come there. Then, I did not understand, Why maya, who is a member of communist party and a supporter of Mukti Judha did not want to shelter Major!! Sudden mood change due tolden hormonal imbalance?
Tahmiam took care of major and provided breakfast, lunch and dinner to him. Rehana tahmika with Faiz to bring Sabeer z jail in a car! Faiz was reading a English newspaper where Maya, aage Calcutta has published an essay in support of guerrilla war. One does not need to cross Howrah Bridge to reach Saltlake from Calcutta. Throughout the novel you will not be able to differentiate the seasons, day or night, morning and noon, afternoon and evening.
Bby the morning it is foggy, at noon sun is blazing! In December night, fan is at full speed! Rehana and Maya were sleeping side by side in a bed. Tahmiam night major came and lifted Rehana from her bed and carried to Shona. They made love for whole night and Maya could not know that her mother is absent from bed!!! How did major entered the home at all? Is this usual for the Dhakha habitants to go to sleep without locking their doors?
Major is even older than Rehana!! These are only few cases that I mentioned. I can find faults in every pages and put exclamation marks every alternate lines. But I am feeling tired. Finally, the incidents of is always a hot selling topic and no doubt Tahmima wanted to encash it.
She is very much successful in selling her books. View all 10 comments. I did not know even the most solid facts of this history. 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 goolden to read historical non-fiction. I need a novel, or at least a memoir, a personal st I did not know even the most solid facts of this history. I need a novel, or at least a memoir, a personal story fahmima I can feel along with, to absorb even the simplest information about past events. Tahmima Anam has offered that here, threading the line of a history with beads of life.
Our protagonist, Rehana, is an unintentional hero, pushed by circumstance to be extraordinarily courageous when all she wants is a life of wholeness and peace.