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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Revolution And The Question Of ‘The Good Muslim’

I think it is important to read the first in the series to appreciate the fullness of the characters relationships. She was squatting at the back of a tailoring shop, in labour. Maya also reconnects with her brother’s long time ago friend, Joy, who used to live in the US during the war, and with the help of Joy, Maya reunites with all her friends.

I didn’t know much about Bangladesh before starting this, and to be honest I still feel like I don’t, even though this book is rich in Bangladeshi history and culture. It was translated into 22 languages.

At ana end of the day, Maya realizes too late that his brother is only goos to heal his wounds via these sermons, only trying to survive the psychological ill-effects the war has left him with. And when she came up again, she was different, as though she had gone under and told all the bones of muslin to put themselves back in order. She tends her cancer-ridden mother. Maya became a doctor; her brother Sohail is unable to make juslim with certain war events. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Anam is a competent writer, but if you’ve not read her previous book as I have notyou may be at the same considerable disadvantage that I feel I was reading The Good Muslim.

In it is ,uslim mercy. She is also a contributing editor to the New Statesman. But things have changed even more in Dhaka, and with Sohail. Now the war is over there are different directions that can be taken, upholding the old maxim that war is easier than tahmimaa.


Oh my Tah,ima this is amazing!!! Mourning and reparation, exile and return, losses both personal and political link the novel’s past and present. Frantic forms of religiosity proliferate. The central characters of the novel are Maya and Sohail. Tahmima Anam was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh in She lives in London.

I didn’t understand some of Maya’s actions or motivations, especially around Zaid.

It switches from just after the war and independence to ten years later. Now the country is ruled by the unnamed Dictator, religious extremism is on the rise, and the Haque family is divided by the son Sohail’s adopting such an extreme version of Islam that even toothbrushes are forbidden.

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In this young man, nationalism, machismo, conservatism and denial mix to create a tragic archetype. After reading this book that is midway between a family sag trilogy, I’m desperately vouching to get my hands on the first and the third book, as this book brought tears to my eyes.

It’s interesting to note that the character of Rehana is based on the author’s grandmother. The author arrests the backdrop of Bangladesh and its landscape quite evocatively through her poetic prose and exquisite words. It also offers a case study of one who has turned into a fundamentalist, or allegedly so, which is significant especially at a time when the world has been witnessing a rise in fundamentalism of various hues in many countries doomed to be war zones.

But he has no story of this kind. The rest of the supporting characters reflect their brilliance through their authentic and interesting demeanor. She arrives to find that everything has changed.

He watched, worried she would stray too far. A lot of people praised the first book so I might pick it up and give it a chance and hopefully I’d enjoy it more than this book. Thus she witnesses misery all the time, everywhere. In the story of The Good Muslim, you come across both types of characters. Sohail has other plans for the boy, deepening the rift between brother and sister.

Bangladeshis are not necessarily much better off than before the war. I hate when that happens.

But then it is a book full of emotions and after effects of the war, something that will attract you towards it. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has now burnt all his books that once gave him inspiration, and has joined Tablighi Tahima movement, building a new life in it.


Maya escapes from shadowy rituals of mourning to more affirmative celebrations of past ideals and victories. The Muslim culture has always been a mystery to me and I always wondered about the complexities of the culture, as well as the every day life things.

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. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Anam is one of a generation of writers with a subcontinental heritage whose themes are politicised and universal.

The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam – review

The ending is haunting and I liked that. 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.

Retrieved 15 November Your purchase helps support NPR programming. Tahmima Anam is an eloquent voice in the world of contemporary fiction. The wife is beaten to the point of requiring 3 months of hospitalization, and Maya, after receiving some very definite threats, decides to return home.

Sohail wants to send his son to a madrasa and, as a result, a conflict ensues between them and comes to a devastating climax. The author’s writing is emphatic and extremely xnam and it is laced with strong, heart felt emotions that will move the readers deeply.

Now she was in retreat from them, passively accepting ansm it was they chose to do: And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax.