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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The war is important to the story. The readers are in here for a treat, if they have never before visited this 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 also explores the emotional and intellectual chasm between Maya, a secular religious sceptic, and her brother Sohail, newly converted to hardline Islamic Fundamentalism. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Joy, recently returned from a long stint driving taxis in the US, reintroduces her to a life of which she might have been a part.

Sep 16, Amy Lignor rated it liked it. And then there’s Anam’s treatment of Maya, the main character here.

The Good Muslim

She quickly forges a strong bond with her motherless nephew Zaid. Maya wants nothing more than to begin again.

I kept my frustrations at check about the glacial pace and the jumpy narrative and breezed through the pages. I’ve realized after reading a different book that this one wasn’t as good as I thought it wasand even though I read this book four days agoI can barely remember what happened which proves just how much it didn’t leave an impact on me.

Renowned satirist Abul Mansur Ahmed is her grandfather. Anam manages to be fair to both siblings and resists the temptation to go for easy answers and solutions; although her heart clearly lies with Maya. Her desire to be “good for something” will lead to another family, while her articles bring her into conflict with the paranoid ruling powers, in a poignant climactic sequence of great suspense.


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It charts muslmi very different directions the siblings take as a result of their experiences during the war. The political and religious climates aren’t neglected by any means, but the real beauty here is in Maya’s struggle to find a new way of loving her brother. Oct 01, edj rated it it was amazing. Maya and Sohail Haque have both been damaged in different ways by their exposure to the horrors of Bangladesh’s war for independence and they both react differently: When Sohail decided to send his son to a madarsa, a conflict grew between musilm and sister and the conflict leads the story to a devastating climax.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. That it changed Maya and Sohail, and everyone else too, is undeniable and a strong theme in the 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.

Someone had to acknowledge the strangeness of this soul, and the distance it had traversed, millions and millions of years, in order to be here. Maya also comes across Sohail’s son Zaid, who is being raised as a Good Muslim, not going to school but a traditional Madrassa, not in a world of books but in the world of sermons and The One God.

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. The Good Muslim is the second book in the Haque family trilogy.

The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

His beloved wife Sylvi has just died, leaving behind a little son, Zaid, who, almost illiterate and entirely wild, has to bring himself up as his father refuses to allow him a modern education or even a normal life.

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The author has raised many relevant issues: Sadly, like many sequels, it just isn’t as good as its mmuslim.

Her voice on the harmonium. Pages to import images to Wikidata. As another reviewer has commented, the author does not fill in cultural information some of the incidents, conversations and references are too subtle for the average western reader to make sound inferences fromnor is there sufficient background information provided about the war fought in the early 70s.

Musli stories of women raped and abused during the war for an independent Bangladesh have been erased or marginalised in the search for a clean, linear history.

Other reviewers have criticized the more dramatic scenes here for being melodramatic, and I can see where they’re coming from; everything happens so fast that there’s little buildup. He has embraced an extreme version of Islam as defined by the Tablighi Jamaatwhich shuns the joyful life filled with music, friends and liberal values. He fall sin love with a young woman he rescues from sexual servitude in an army barracks.

Anam is a good storyteller, and I still found the characters interesting here. Maya becomes a doctor and helps women traumatised during the war, performing abortions for many who were raped; she then spends time in a village as a medic, having left her home.

And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax. Sohail wants to send his son tahmma a madrasa and, as a result, a conflict ensues between them and comes to a devastating climax.