About the book
As young widow Rehana Haque awakes one March morning, she might be forgiven for feeling happy. Her children are almost grown, the city is buzzing with excitement after recent elections. Change is in the air.
But no one can foresee what will happen in the days and months that follow. For this is East Pakistan in 1971, a country on the brink of war. And this family’s life is about to change forever. Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, ‘A Golden Age’ is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism. In the chaos of this era, everyone must make choices. And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will be forced to face a heartbreaking dilemma.
Review by Denmead Reading Circle:
Beautifully written, informative and very moving about an unknown country for us. Top marks from all but one and so much better than the last few reads. Not much sex or swearing!! Would like to read more from this author.
Star rating: ***
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Reviewed by New Forest/Waterside U3A reading group:
A beautifully written book opening up a much neglected chapter in the history of post independence East Pakistan/Bangladesh. The main characters are convincingly drawn and the reader is given just sufficient information not to question the roles of supplementary characters. Tahmima Anam writes with great assurance on a full range of human behaviour from the tender to the grotesque, often with lyrical descriptions of simple events. A narrative that will be read and read again.
Star rating: ****
Review by Yateley District U3A
The story of a young widow with two young children in Bangladesh in the 1971 uprising was enjoyed by the group but all of us wished we had known more about it.
The book provoked a good discussion.
Star rating: ***