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A New Yorker Best Book of the Year
In the dying days of a brutal civil war in Bangladesh, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Inside he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come.
Almost a decade later, Sohail's sister, Maya, returns home after a long absence to find her beloved brother transformed. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. And when Sohail decides to send his son to a madrasa, the conflict between brother and sister comes to a devastating climax.
The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family, the rise of religious fundamentalism, and the long shadow of war from prizewinning Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a fine example of good writing, and I am better off today from having read this book.
I think sometimes Anam tries too hard to make a point and obscures it in the process, but the novel is worth reading for its shining moments.
The story has real depth, and although the ending offers resolution, it is not exactly a happy ending.
I have read and re-read A Golden Age, but Tahmima Anam has exceeded herself with The Good Muslim. Like a mango, her skills have ripened and sweetened; the words are often... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ash Quadir
I admit to being fascinated by books that narrate stories away from me, not only from a geographical point of view, but especially culturally. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anakina
beautiful, tragic, couldn't put it down, the 2nd in her "series" but I read this first so now going to get the 1st book.Published 2 months ago by Karla Maree
5because it is a great book, it is interesting. never slow ,has many lovely parts and many sad parts, it is not only well written but also educational, everyone should know... Read morePublished 2 months ago by nancy bushoven
This is a well-written, engaging story set in the newly independent Bangladesh. Besides reading a fictional story about a family caught in the turmoil, the reader learns something... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Caren Hammerman
Before you read this, read something about the history of Bangladesh. It will make more sense that way. The writing is wonderful and the story is compelling.Published 3 months ago by JD
A fascinating story of courage and strength,love and perseverance. Struggles seem to make her stronger and her family truly are a tribute to her.Published 4 months ago by Susan P. Duggan
Anam is an enormously gifted writer who tackles heavy topics with a light touch. I empathized with her characters across ethnic, religious, and gender lines.Published 6 months ago by Dr. Laura M. Harrison
Good insight into postwar life and how it affected families, different social and religious strands in Bangladesh, very well writtenPublished 7 months ago by George Faller