- File Size: 672 KB
- Print Length: 194 pages
- Publisher: FB Publishing; 1 edition (October 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0172Q0SCY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,250,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I like that the characters have flaws because they bring out nuances in other characters. For instance, Rodney could be irritating in the way he acts toward Bengalis, sort of like he thinks he's superior. But he has redeeming qualities, too. He brings out these teachable moments from Sajib, Sariyah's uncle and an educated Bengali who is involved (in some obscure, discreet way) in preparing for the revolution. I think every reader might like the conversations Sajib has with Rodney, where they argue questions that are really thought-provoking.
One downside is I wish the writer was a little more literal about the effects of colonialism, for the benefit of the more literal reader. I say it's still worth reading and that the reader should keep an eye out for the symbolism within.
Being a shorter novel, Without Shame leaves the reader to interpret, making it necessary to read closely. For some readers, it may be easy to focus on the commentary on neocolonialism and the “white savior” attitude that Rodney’s character sometimes brings to the surface. Still, his character is quietly complex in that he carries redeeming qualities, forcing the reader to confront the grey areas between cultural sensitivity and ignorance.
Sariyah’s character brings a similar complexity to the story. She is simultaneously rebellious against and loyal to her culture, highlighting the struggle of being caught between love of country while hoping for change. As a white reader from the U.S., I found the relationship between Sariyah and Rodney to be a helpful in reconciling my own attitudes toward some aspects of Bengali culture discussed in the novel with which I was unfamiliar.
Other reviewers have pointed out that this book would be helpful for readers who are unfamiliar with the Bengali revolution in East Pakistan, and I found it to be just that. Without Shame has introduced me to a country and history that I previously knew little about and gave me a jumping point to learn more and gain a deeper understanding.