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A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

Posted on: July 7, 2013

A Golden AgeA Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A nice book about the love of a mother for her children, despite their differences, set amidst the Bangladesh “War of Independence”. The book begins with a young widow, based in erstwhile East Pakistan, whose children are carted away for legal custody by her brother-in-law to West Pakistan quoting her inability to take care of them. She struggles and gets them back to her and they grow up to be in an impressionable age in time for the Bangla Nationalist movement which led to the separation of Bangladesh from Pakistan.
She struggles hard to keep her children and protect them as she is unwilling to risk losing them once again. But eventually she herself gets embroiled in the independence movement and briefly stays apart from both her children who play their roles in the independence movement. She comes back to Calcutta, her original home, for a brief period to be with her daughter. The circumstances provide a good opportunity for the two to bond together.
After a brief interlude they all go back to Dhaka in time to celebrate the independence of the new republic.
The author while underplaying the role of India in the independence war has provided an eminently readable book.

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