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    The experience of Rehana Haque, mother of two, is set against the backdrop of the 1971 Bangladesh war for independence. As a young widowed mother, Rehana loses custody of her children. After she gets them back, she vows never to lose them again. But Rehana cannot insulate her family from the war's impact - her children become involved in the rebellion. The talented Madhur Jaffrey narrates this story evenly and compassionately, drawing listeners into Rehana's life and the complexities of civil war. Creating memorable characters through subtle shifts in tone and accent, Jaffrey gives life to imperious Indian women, humble servants, and fervent college students. Her portrait of Rehana - devoted mother, unlikely heroine - is particularly nuanced and compelling.


    As young widow Rehana Haque awakes one March morning, she might be forgiven for feeling happy. Today she will throw a party for her son and daughter. In the garden of the house she has built, her roses are blooming, her children are almost grown, and beyond their doorstep, the city is buzzing with excitement after recent elections. Change is in the air.

    But none of the guests at Rehana's party can foresee what will happen in the days and months ahead. For this is 1971 in East Pakistan, a country on the brink of war. And this family's life is about to change forever.

    Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh War of Independence, A Golden Age is a story of passion and revolution, of hope, faith, and unexpected heroism. In the chaos of this era, everyone, from student protesters to the country's leaders, from rickshaw'wallahs to the army's soldiers, must make choices. And as she struggles to keep her family safe, Rehana will be forced to face a heartbreaking dilemma.

    ©2008 Tahmima Anam (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers


    "An immersive, wrenching narrative." ( Publishers Weekly)

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      5 out of 5 stars
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    • Rio Delta Wild
    • 04/06/2008

    sad, poignant, thought-provoking, beautiful

    Excellent narration! Difficult situations occur throughout this story, but the descriptions are not overly drawn out or exhausting. Throughout the tale one hears understanding, compassion and faith. This is a compelling peak into the turmoil Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have endured in recent times. Wonderful character development.

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    • connie
    • 17/12/2008

    five star, with reservations

    Like "A Thousand Splendid Suns," this is a GOOD novel made more important by the story it tells. From a literary point of view, it's probably a better novel than "Suns", but one point concerns me: I don't think there's a sympathetic portrait of even one minor Pakistani character. In a novel depicting war, no matter how aggressive the opponent nation, I think a detail like that is important to help stop the cycle of dehumanization that allows war.

    The novel relates a struggle that was too soon forgotten by the West, even after the flood of publicity that followed George Harrison's "Concert for Bangladesh" (the first big "charity/consciousness raising concert) in the aftermath of the environmental and famine crisis that followed the civil war.

    We know that the newly independent Bangladesh had victories in terms of human rights and just government, but also setbacks. It remains a story that we ought to know more about, and the author has provided an excellent starting point in an accessible but absorbing novel that manages to communicate the horrors of war without leaving a listener in psychic numbness. She also hints indirectly in the story at some of the causes of the eventual rise of Islamist fundamentalism among some of the population. Outside of the historical context, the novel paints a picture of how "ordinary" folks can rise to heroic action in crisis.

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    • A. Vernon
    • 30/03/2015

    History and family drama

    Where does A Golden Age rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was my first, so I can't compare it to anything else.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tough choice. Mrs. Chowdhury? She seemed the most colourful.

    What about Madhur Jaffrey’s performance did you like?

    Terrific narration without exaggeration. She's the reason I signed up for Audible. I really hope she narrates The Good Muslim as well.

    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story. I knew very little about the war in Bangladesh before listening to this audiobook.