The Good Muslim

The Good Muslim

eBook - 2011
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In the dying days of a brutal civil war, 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. Set in Bangladesh at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise, The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family, and the long shadow of war.
Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate Books, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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dirtbag1
May 31, 2015

Anam is Bangladeshi born author. I was told that it wasn't necessary to read her previous book, A Golden Age, as this was a stand alone novel. I would warn against this. It took about 100 pages to get comfortable with the characters and story which I'm sure may have gone smoother having read A Golden Age first. Still very entertaining story about a new country and the different political and religious forces they deal with. Well written and entertaining.

ser_library May 28, 2012

the book flap did not mention that this is pt 2 of a trilogy... now i must go back to the beginning

i did not know anything was missing--the book stands on its own

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uncommonreader
May 01, 2012

The second book in Anam's trilogy, this book addresses the rise of Islamic radicalism seen through the family lens of those who fought in the revolution for Bangladeshi independence. The daughter is now a doctor; the son, given the ravages of war, becomes a religious leader. A perfect blending of the personal and the political.

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Pukekochick
Aug 31, 2011

One of the best books I've read lately. A gentle read but full of the conflicting decisions people have to make to readapt to life after war. The successes and disappointments, recovering a sense of normality, dealing with the things people are forced to do in war.
Sohail chooses to put Allah first over the well being of his son Zaid. Maya retains her revolutionary spirit.
You've got to read this book!!

debwalker Aug 29, 2011

"Tahmima Anam won the 2008 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best First book for her novel A Golden Age. She picks up the story again in The Good Muslim....Overall, Anam writes about the damage and sorrow in her birth country with profound sensitivity and eloquence."
Candace Fertile
Globe and Mail

sgold42 Aug 28, 2011

read after A Golden Age

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