The Good Muslim: A Novel

The Good Muslim: A Novel

by Tahmima Anam

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“Delicate, heart-wrenching and poetic, this is a novel ofgreat poise and power.” —Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory

Set in Bangladesh at a time when Islamic fundamentalism ison the rise, The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, familyand the long shadow of war. Tahmima Anam, the prize-winning author of A Golden Age, offers a moving portrait of a sister and brother whostruggle with the competing loyalties of love and belief as they cope with thelasting ravages of war and confront the deeply intimate roots of religiousextremism. Echoingthe intensity and humanity of Thrity Umrigar’s The SpaceBetween Us, Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone, and Kiran Desai’s TheInheritance of Loss,Anam’s “accomplished and gripping novel,” in thewords of author Pankaj Mishra, “describes not only the tumult of a greathistorical event, but also the small but heroic struggles of individuals livingin the shadow of revolution and war.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062094902
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 677,517
File size: 472 KB

About the Author

Tahmima Anam is an anthropologist and a novelist. Her debut novel, A Golden Age, won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. In 2013, she was named one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and was a judge for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she was educated at Mount Holyoke College and Harvard University, and now lives in Hackney, East London.

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Good Muslim 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Zozette on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel is a continuation of the story of the Haque family that Anam introduced to her readers in her first novel "A Golden Age". "A Golden Age" told the story of the family - widowed mother Rehana and her teenage son and daughter, Sohail and Maya - as they lived through the the Bangladeshi War of Independence in 1972. "The Good Muslim" is set in 1984 but with flashbacks to 1973.In the story Sohail has been recently widowed and is now a charismatic religious leader having after developing faith due to something that occurred back in 1973. Maya is a doctor and is still unmarried, unusual for a woman of her age (she is in her early 30s). Secular by nature she is distressed by both Sohail's turn to religion and also by his neglect of his now motherless son. Then Sohail tell her he plans to send his son to a madrasa instead of the local neighbourhood school.I though that the "The Good Muslim" was an excellent book, with a wonderful portrayal of Bangladeshi life, and I hope that Tahmima Anam is planning a third novel about this family.
mtrumbo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Follow-up novel to Anam's A Golden Age. It takes place several years after the Bangladesh War of Independence and focuses on two siblings who have gone opposite ways in their beliefs. While I did enjoy it, I didn't feel drawn in the way I did with the first book.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
Loved. Loved. Loved this book. ***SPOILERS*** This book jumps back and forth between 1972 and 1981. This is the story of 2 siblings, Sohail and Maya, and their very different reactions to post-war life in Bangladesh. Maya and Sohail both suffer the indignities of war in very different ways. During the war, Maya, a doctor, helps women recover from the atrocities of war. Sohail goes to the frontline and does terrible things. When he returns, he is a changed man and one that Maya struggles to understand. He is lost, haunted by the ghosts of his friends who tortured and/or killed. He also carries a dark secret. He finds solace in helping a lost soul, Piya. Piya is a woman broken by war and Sohail wants nothing more than to help her heal. She ends up leaving him because he is too good for her and it leaves him devastated. He starts to find comfort in his religion and turns more and more to Allah. This angers Maya who has never been very religious to begin with. She sees this as a rejection of everything she is - a modern woman. She feels anger at his faith and leaves when he marries the local pious woman. Maya travels to the other side of the country and practices medicine for 7 years before finally returning home after a disastrous turn with a patient and a deeply religious town. She comes home to find her brother almost unrecognizable. He is a widowed father but is neglectful of his son. He spends his time preaching on the roof to his faithful followers. Maya spends her time pleading with him to be more attentive to his son's needs.She begs for him to be more attentive to his mother. The gulf between them seems insurmountable now but Maya won't stop trying to find the brother she lost. The beauty of this novel is that the characters are so complex that Sohail isn't a parody of a holy man, nor is Maya a parody of a modern woman. They both have faults, but they also both have beautiful traits. In a way, reading this book, I felt like Sohail and Maya's mother. Torn between the two and seeing the beauty in both. It was a sad but wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is preparing a place for those who exept him! You don'nt have to belive in what your parents belive in. I dare you to either read one verse from a bible or pray to Jesus. See what happens! You litteraly can not imagine what he has in store for you in Heaven!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. Do not eat pork. 2. Be awesome P.S. Manuel Neuer ROCKS P.S.S. The book sounds good
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The teachings and the edicutes of a good muslim.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sounds like a good book i am muslim too