Friday, March 21, 2008

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (a review)

4 out of 5: This novel tracks one woman’s experience of the 1971 Bangladesh war for independence. During the course of the novel, Rehana Haque gradually changes from a mourning widow unable to care for her own children into a fiercely independent and brave supporter of the revolution. Rehana’s transition—dramatic and yet entirely credible—is this book’s distinguishing feature and is never overshadowed by the surrounding drama of the revolution. Anam’s delicate prose adds humor and lightness to what otherwise could have become a heavy and depressing read. Entirely worthwhile.