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Read ß The Good Muslim 109 Ã ❰EPUB❯ ✵ The Good Muslim Author Tahmima Anam – From prizewinning Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam comes her deeply moving second novel about the rise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh seen through the intimate lens of a familyPankaj Mishra prai From prizewinning Bangladeshi novFrom prizewinning Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam comes her deeply moving second novel about the The Good Epubrise of Islamic radicalism in Bangladesh seen through the intimate lens of a familyPankaj Mishra praised A Golden Age Tahmima Anam's debut novel as a startlingly accomplished and gripping novel that describes not only the tumult of a great historical event but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals living in the shadow of r. This is the second in a trilogy the first being “A Golden Age” and continues the story of the Haue family and is again set in Bangladesh It can be read as a stand alone but it does help to have read the first one This part of the trilogy focusses on Rehanna’s two children Maya and Sohail It switches from just after the war and independence to ten years later It charts the very different directions the siblings take as a result of their experiences during the war 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 She returns at the death of her brother’s wife and the switching backwards and forwards gradually fills the gaps Sohail has become religious; Islam is now his focus and he is a charismatic teacher and preacher He has followers and sometimes travels to spread the message Their very different takes on life creates tension between the two and their mother Rehana is oftencaught between the two Sohail has a son Zaid who also plays a significant role The story is told from Maya’s perspective She is essentially a non believer There are no purely good characters and some difficult topics are covered including child abuse torture and cancer Anam is not afraid to chart her way through chaos and crisis I think this is a complex work than the first in the trilogy During the civil war there was a goal and those with differing opinions could work together Now the war is over there are different directions that can be taken upholding the old maxim that war is easier than peace Maya has learnt a good deal about her country’s patriarchal mind set in her work as a village doctor and so she finds her brother’s solace in religion very difficult 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 The whole is well written and I will certainly look out for the third in the series

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Long absence to find her beloved brother transformed While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax Set in Bangladesh at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith family and the long shadow of war. I was right to wait to finish this I could have finished it before bed last night but I had a feeling that the ending should wait until morning I was right The end was magnificent and difficult I needed the night of sleep and the strong coffee to fortify me against the heartache at the conclusion Tears at 630am from a book Yep Tahmima Anam is uite possibly the greatest of my reading discoveries I'm so thankful that my MENA reading group decided to branch out one year and dip our toes into some countries and cultures just outside the borders of our region I might never have learned about this Bangladeshi writerif you haven't read her do A GOLDEN AGE is the first in this trilogy this is the second and the third was just released I must order it now

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The Good MuslimEvolution and war In her new novel The Good Muslim Anam again deftly weaves the personal and the political evoking with great skill and urgency the lasting ravages of war and the competing loyalties of love and beliefIn the dying days of a brutal civil war Sohail Haue stumbles upon an abandoned building Inside he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come Almost a decade later Sohail's sister Maya returns home after a. A Golden Age introduced the widow Rehana Haue and her two teenagers Sohail and Maya as they participated in the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence The Good Muslim is the second book in the Haue family trilogy It begins in 1984 thirteen years after the war Bangladeshis are not necessarily much better off than before the war The country has had two presidents assassinated and is now living under the thumb of the Dictator Martial law is in effect war criminals still have not been prosecuted and religious extremism is buildingOnce inseparable Sohail and his sister Maya were driven apart following the war Sohail felt the need to atone for his part in the war by gradually falling into an extreme practice of Islam Maya became a doctor and shunned religion The two have had no contact since 1977 when Maya fled from Dhaka in anger at her brother's complete renunciation of all the worldly things he once treasured She felt she had lost the brother she loved her heart's companionMaya returns to Dhaka in 1984 She is distressed at her brother's continued religiosity yet she is seduced by its promises when disease threatens her mother's life She uickly forges a strong bond with her motherless nephew Zaid Sohail has other plans for the boy deepening the rift between brother and sister Maya finds it impossible to connect with her brother His religious devotion is so intense that he neglects his son's needs and turns his back on old friends As in the old days Maya can't help finding ways of getting herself in hot water She's an intelligent bold outspoken woman in a country that favors female submissionTahmima Anam's strength lies in writing about the intricacies of familial love and loyalty 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 Eventually she has to let go of her need to bring back the old Sohail and love him from a distance for the good he has done The Good Muslim stands strongly on its own but it will have a lot depth if you've first read A Golden Age It helps to know the Haue family history and to know the characters as they were in 1971 so hopeful and militant and in love with the idea of freedom for Bangladesh It's interesting to note that the character of Rehana is based on the author's grandmother