March 2007 (UK)
The Good Muslim
Guardian First Book Award
| 3.8/5 |
John Murray (UK)
| Historical drama, War novel|
The Good Muslim, Master Georgie, The Farming of Bones, The Book of Negroes, A Place of Greater Safety
A Golden Age is the first novel of the Bangladesh-born writer Tahmima Anam. It tells the story of the Bangladesh War of Independence through the eyes of one family. The novel was awarded the prize for Best First Book in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2008. It was also shortlisted for the 2007 Guardian First Book Award. The first chapter of the novel appeared in the January 2007 edition of Granta magazine.
A Golden Age Wikipedia
The plot of the novel is inspired by the true story of the writer's grandmother during the Bangladesh Liberation War. The protagonist is named Rehana Haque. The story also covers the inner conflict of Rehana as she loses the custody of her children after her husband's death. Along with her desperate attempt to win the minds of her children, she tries to protect them as they get involved in the war. Her son joins the Mukti Bahini and her daughter reports on the war from Kolkata.Rehana Haque: The main character
Sohail: Rehana's son
Maya: Rehana's daughter
Mrs. Chowdhury: Rehana's friend and neighbor
Silvi: Mrs. Chowdhury's daughter and a love interest of Sohail's
Sharmeen: Maya's Friend who was raped in the war
Iqbal Haque: Rehana's dead husband
The Major: Rehana's love interest
Sabeer: Silvi's fiance.
Mr and Mrs. Sengupta: Rehana's Hindu tenants at Shona
Mrs.Rahman and Mrs.Akram: Rehanas neighbours and fellow 'sewing sisters'
Faiz Haque : Rehana's brother in law
Parveen Haque : Faiz's wife
Clemency Burton-Hill of The Guardian described A Golden Age as a "stunning debut". There has been criticism of factual inaccuracies in the book. 5 The book makes references from the authors personal experiences.