The Good Muslim; Tahmima Anam
(Harper - August 1, 2011)
One hot afternoon in a remote Bangladeshi village, a telegram arrives for Maya Haque ...Eight years before, a devastating war tore Maya's country - and her family - apart. Now Maya realises it is time to return home at last. She arrives to find that everything has changed. Her old friends have been seduced by the lure of new money, her city streets have been renamed and the freedom she had once yearned for is a long forgotten dream. Worst of all, her beloved brother Sohail has become a stranger to her, abandoning his liberal beliefs to become a strict religious leader. As she attempts to get to grips with her brother's radicalism, Maya will be forced to rethink what it means to be a good daughter, sister, friend and citizen - and a good Muslim. She must decide where her loyalties ultimately lie. Set in the dusty streets of Dhaka and the villages and river-islands of rural Bangladesh, at a time when the rise of religious fundamentalism was a whisper in the wind, The Good Muslim is an epic, unforgettable story of the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war. It is a novel that cleaves to the simple truths that shape all of our lives: that the bonds of family and love often strain to bear the weight of history.
The author's last book, A Golden Age (2009) was very good.
This one looks like one I would really enjoy.ReplyDelete
This sounds intriguing and it's set in place that isn't typical -- not Afghanistan or Iraq.ReplyDelete
That sounds excellent to me!ReplyDelete
I'm really interested in hearing how this one turns out. If the author can create a complex character in Maya, then I think this story could be really engaging and thought-provoking. I'm glad this one focuses on what happens after a war, instead of the effects during one. Should be interesting. Good choice!ReplyDelete
I like the synopsis. I had not heard of the author before. Thanks for featuring the book!ReplyDelete
Sounds like something I would enjoy. I always worry about that "epic" word, though, because it makes the book sound like a big commitment!ReplyDelete
That sounds pretty darn interesting!ReplyDelete
This sounds really good. I like books that are set in countries that I don't know a lot about!ReplyDelete
This sounds intriguing and timely.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
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This author is unfamiliar to me...definitely going to check it out!ReplyDelete
This one sounds so topical - lovely choice.ReplyDelete
Ooh this sounds both interesting and informative and I love the cover.ReplyDelete
This book sounds right up my alley, so thanks for sharing it with us. I am going to have to add it to my wish list right away.ReplyDelete
This does sound quite good. I hope you'll share your thoughts on this one.ReplyDelete
Sounds like another fascinating read. It's on the list. In fact, I am getting a pretty long list of great reading material thanks to you :)ReplyDelete
Will be waiting for your review.ReplyDelete
I always enjoy books that introduce me to new customs and people.ReplyDelete
sounds like it could be a good one. there's so much great stuff coming out from the islamic world/point of view these days.ReplyDelete
This book reminds me of the plot of the very last short story by Rabindranath Tagore (1941)-"The Story of a Muslim Woman"-it is about the kidnapping a Hindu woman by Muslims-it is a very moving and prophetic story as it seems to look to the terrible years aheadReplyDelete
Thanks for posting this book.
This sounds a great book, I have added it to my wishlist!ReplyDelete