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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Some of them bask in the glory of those days, some try to run away from the hideous memories of it.

Sohail moves further and nuslim into a very extreme form of Islam, one that forbids books and even toothbrushes. The novel also exults in the traditional pleasures of adventure and romance. Their very different takes on life creates tension between the two and their mother Rehana is oftencaught between the two. In contrast, the people are quite vivid, and very much alive in the quick descriptions of stained teeth, or a heaviness of the body, or the narrowed, disapproving eyes of religious men, seeing Maya’s uncovered face.

The Bones of Grace. View all 3 comments. For Maya, a fiercely independent character who can’t come to terms with her brother’s new found faith and ideology, experiencing the freedoms of fighting in her own country’s war, helps her emerges with a strong sense of her identity as a woman.

Her sari floated to the top, flowering.

tahmim This is the second novel in her “Bengal Trilogy”. Musilm has been working as a doctor in a small traditional village, delivering babies and trying to educate the community.

In a nutshell, this is an intriguing, enlightening musllm painful story that will make the readers ache for the characters in the end, and will also fill their hearts with a sense of respect and love for their families, as the author strongly portrays the meaning of having a family through this story. I hope they will read it with objectivity, and not forget that the story is fictional. Only at the end did I feel something more for him than Maya’s anger and frustration, though I pretty much hated him for the way he treated his son, and I disagree with Maya that it was her fault, what happened to Zaid.


As the novel progresses, the two characters become more entrenched in their positions and their final clash of principles abam shattering yet inevitable. She blames his marriage to Silvi for turning her brother into a religious fanatic, and after Sohail burns all his books she leaves her home and her city for the countryside.

The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam – review

Maya has just returned back from the city after seven long years serving as a war doctor, only to find out that the war has changed so much in her family, despite of her brother’s wife’s death. She had told herself many times that marriage could not be for her.

At under pages, this is a very quick read, and made more so by the short scenes, jumping back and forth between past and present and among point-of-view characters. If she couldn’t have Sohail, she’d take Zaid, but it was more than that: In the dying days of a brutal civil war, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. 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.

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Anam compares Bangladesh’s rebellious past to the recent Arab Spring. Unfortunately Maya fails to reconnect with her ex-soldier brother who has found solace in the fundamentals of Islam, on other hand, Maya develops a bond of friendship with the little child who is hungry for a bit of love for his parents or from his elders. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. The Good Muslim was a more difficult book to read, because the issues were more complicated, in many ways: She involves herself in the rescue of Zaid from a father who seems monstrous, but is actually too involved in his own mourning and reparation to concern himself with his child.


That it changed Maya and Sohail, and everyone else too, is undeniable and a strong theme in the book. Her bother, however, chooses an entirely different path.

His religious devotion is so intense that he neglects his son’s needs and turns his back on old friends. When she returns, Maya tries desperately to reconcile with the family she absolutely adores, and finds herself inside the world that her brother has created. It’s interesting to note that the character of Rehana is based on the author’s grandmother.

Sep 08, Diana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aam why Pakistan was fighting there I yood sure about – I couldn’t remember from Tropic of Chaos but I had thought that Pakistan was an ally – two muslim countries on either side of India Sep 22, Jalilah rated it really liked it Shelves: She is still the feisty, independent woman we know from before, but more mellow and with a few years of life experience that have given her a new maturity that allows her to stop and consider other people’s points of view.

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