The Good Muslim has ratings and reviews. Pankaj Mishra praised A Golden Age, Tahmima Anam’s debut novel, as a “startlingly accomplished and. In “A Golden Age,”Tahmima Anam chronicled Bangladesh’s war for independence through the story of Rehana Haque, a widow drawn. Delicate, heart-wrenching and poetic, this is a novel ofgreat poise and power.” — Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory Set in Bangladesh at a ti.

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He’s still a good man in most ways, although I find his neglect of his son rather unforgivable and I truly don’t think Maya can be blamed for musslim actions in regards to the child because Sohail never gives any impression of caring what becomes of his child!

Anam is a competent writer, but if you’ve not read her previous book as I have gooddyou may be at the same considerable disadvantage that I feel I was reading The Good Muslim. Unfortunately, I have only now realised that this was the second book in a trilogy but I would be happy to go back and read the first one to find out more.

This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes. The Good Muslim uses a specific history to identify issues that resonate in places and times far beyond post-independence Bangladesh, and it is this pertinence that makes The Good Muslim not just an interesting novel but an important one.

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That was how she emerged: Now Maya tahmim it is time to return home at last. When Zaid is sent to a madressa, where he is abused, Maya has to act to save him, but her actions will have ramifications far beyond what she imagines. She is still the feisty, independent woman we know from before, but more mellow and with a few years of life experience that have given her a new maturity that allows her to stop and consider other people’s points of view.

In A Golden Age, there’s a certain ambivalence toward Maya, which I put down to seeing her through Rehana’s eyes, where Rehana is ambivalent about her daughter.

Maya is a strong protagonist and there is much to admire about her, but at times she stumbles forward when a little more finesse may have worked a little better. View all 3 comments. The readers are in here for a treat, if they have never before visited godo simple yet fascinating land in their life, and will make nostalgic to those who live or used to lived there once upon a time.



The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam – review

In the dying days of a brutal civil war, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Though the backdrop is political, it is woven into a very personal and real story of a family, and how they struggle, in their own ways to make sense of all the sacrifices they made.

The Bones of Grace. I didn’t understand some of Maya’s actions or motivations, especially around Zaid. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

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Both Sohail and Maya are dealing with the devils of their past. The story of The Good Muslim is pretty strong and will keep you engaged, and Maya’s character will take a place in your heart.

Views Read Edit View history. Lists with This Book. And then there’s Anam’s treatment of Maya, the main character here. Maya becomes a doctor and helps women traumatised during the war, performing abortions for many who were raped; she muuslim spends time in a village as a medic, having left her home.

But he has no story of this kind. Her style is rich with cadence and incantation. I found myself feeling so many emotions at once that I couldn’t put the book down, and when I had to sleep, I thought about and picked it back up as soon as I awoke this morning. I had no idea it was a sequel but anaam reads like a stand alone book.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. When Sohail decided to send his son to a madarsa, a conflict grew between brother and sister and the conflict leads the story to a devastating climax. But with this one, I never got a sense of why Maya does what she does and I don’t think Anam did either.

A lot of people praised the first book so I might pick it up and give it a chance and hopefully I’d enjoy it more than this book. Share The Good Muslim via: Maya has started writing columns herself, on an old typewriter, addressing such issues.

The author has penned the story with utmost brilliance and vividness and with such depth, that it opened my eyes, my mind and my heart towards a forgotten era and the pain of the people in those times.


In this young man, nationalism, machismo, conservatism and denial mix to create a tragic archetype. Even though this is a fictional story, but it is very much inspired from the real-life stories and it has left my heart bleeding from the pain that I felt after reading this book. I felt like this book gave me a tiny glimpse into the culture, and I mean tiny, but it was significant all the same.

But what confused and bothered me was how she took it out on Zaid. Sohail felt the need to atone for his part in the war by gradually falling into an extreme practice of Islam. While A Golden Age tells their story before and during the liberation war of Bangladeshthe Good Muslim tells their story a decade after the war. The Muslim culture has always been a mystery to me and I always wondered about the complexities of the culture, as well as the every day life things.

Sohail has become religious; Islam is now his focus and he is a charismatic teacher and preacher.

Bangladeshis are not necessarily much better off than before the war. Open Preview See a Problem?

She felt she had lost the brother she loved, her heart’s companion. Feb 24, Lara Zuberi rated it it was amazing. I kept my frustrations at check about the glacial pace and the jumpy narrative and breezed through the pages. Maya is a character that I found very difficult because I liked her, rooted for her, but at times found myself very exasperated with her. Here, too, Anam examines the consequences of war, the hazards of tahmimz uneasy peace, the gains and losses of nation-building, the rewriting of history.

It’s complex but feels simple as you read it. Like the war, the landscape too was described in brief brush strokes, like random jigsaw puzzle pieces that turn up, giving you glimpses but not the full picture. This is 2 in the Bangla Desh trilogy, and although Muslin liked it well enough, it didn’t seem to have as much emotional impact on me as A Golden Age at least, not until a particular incident right at the end.

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