The Good Muslim

The Good Muslim

Book - 2011
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They survived the Bangladesh war of independence, butnow that the fever of revolution has passed, siblings Mayaand Sohail Haque must face the challenges of peace. WhileMaya embraces her new life, training to become a doctor, herbrother, Sohail, wrestles with troubling memories of the war.Taking solace in his faith, he slowly sheds his identity as a youngpolitical leader to become a devout Muslim.

Stubbornly refusing to accept her brother's transformation,Maya leaves her childhood home and travels deep intothe heart of the country. When she returns years later, she entersthe cloistered world Sohail has created, where she meetsand grows to love his son, Zaid. Soon she begins to understandthe power of her brother's message and rekindles her long-heldhope of reconciliation. But when Sohail sends Zaid to a madrasaon a remote river island, Maya is forced to decide whereher loyalties ultimately lie.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9781554682096
Branch Call Number: F ANA
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 23 cm


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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

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.

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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