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Heavily dependent on foreign aid, densely populated Bangladesh endures annual floods that submerge up to 70% of the land. More than half of this predominantly Muslim nation is desperately poor. Yet Bangladesh, insists Novak, is no "basket case." The floods, he lamely argues in this involving if ultimately unconvincing study, are not calamities but an essential part of the ecosystem, ensuring viability of rice and jute crops. The author, who has been a columnist for Asia Mail and was the Asia Foundation's representative in Bangladesh from 1982 to 1985, lucidly discusses the culture, history, economy and scenic beauty of a country that threw off the rule of West Pakistan in 1971 with India's military help. Novak defines a Bangladesh mindset that includes "clannish" attachment to extended family and lost pride stemming from the fact that the nation was once part of Bengal, the richest province in all of India. He cautiously weighs the prospects of the new civilian government, threatened by a return to army rule.
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About the Author

JAMES J. (JEREMIAH) NOVAK, a writer, has lived and traveled in Asia for thirty years. He was Resident Representative of The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh from 1982 to 1985 and has been a columnist and reporter for numerous newspapers and magazines.

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Product Details

  • Series: Essential Asia Series
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (September 22, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253341213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253341211
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,525,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Obituary

James J(eremiah) Novak was born on 04/19/1939 and died on 09/30/1996 at the age of 57. "Jim" is buried at Memorial Park cemetary, which is located in State College, PA.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "halimchowdhury" on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a Bangladeshi-American, I am disturbed at the number of publications potraying her as destitude, poor and disaster prone. Novak tries to disprove this 'theory of Bangla desh' and shows Bangladesh in the reality, like any Bangladeshi would. Reading the book at times felt like a Bangladeshi has written it. Novak's description of water, seasons and women of Bangladesh are true to the bone and I wish more people in the American media would have read this book before writing their presentations on Bangladesh. I recommend this book for anyone who wishes to know more about Bangladesh or for anyone visiting Bangladesh and for all Bangla deshis outside of Bangla desh.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Novak does an excellent job writing this description of Bangladesh. Not only does it cover history and what its like, it includes how these things influence the people of Bangladesh. I enjoyed this book because I felt it gave a fairly accurate representation of Bangladesh.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 2001
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Those who know about Bangadesh other than from media's perspective, see it as a nation full of promises and contradiction. A land so beautiful and bountiful yet so much devastation from nature and man-made. Novak keenly provides the details of how colonial rule devastated an otherwise wealthy nation into destitude and poverty. He also draws wonderful contradiction between US history and that of Bangladesh. A truly wonderful read.
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