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text 2017-05-21 14:00
A Golden Age: 77/276 pages
A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam

Rehana often wondered if she could help loving one child better. She had a blunt, tired love for her daughter. It was full of effort. Sohail was her first-born, and so tender, and Maya was so hard, all sympathy worked out of her by the throaty chants of the street march, the pitch of the slogan. 

 

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text 2017-05-20 22:49
A Golden Age: 34/276 pages
A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam

Sohail loved Bengal. He may have inherited his mother's love of Urdu poetry, but it was nothing to the love he had for all things Bengali: the swimming mud of the delta; the translucent, bony river fish; the shocking green palette of the paddy and the open, aching blue of the sky over flat land. 

 

 

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text 2017-05-20 13:49
A Golden Age - progress 17/276 pg
A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam

They were not children anymore. She had to keep reminding herself of this fact. At nineteen and seventeen, they were almost grown up. She clung greedily to this almost, but she knew it would not last long, this hovering, flirting with adulthood. Already they were beings apart, fast on their way to shedding the fierce hungry mother-need. 

 

I'm glad I'm reading this in a bound version, because there are some descriptions that I'm already stopping to savor, but also because there is so much that I don't understand. I actually stopped reading for a bit while I did some internet searching on the Bangladesh War of Independence and on East Pakistan, of which I knew nothing whatsoever. So now I think I know enough to at least get a sense of the historical, political, and social issues that affect the human story, although I'm sure most of it will still go over my head.

 

This book is beginning as a sweet, sad story of a widowed mother who lost and recovered her children, but clearly it's about to descend into some real horrors. 

 

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text 2017-05-13 15:27
A Golden Age - progress 7/276 pg
A Golden Age - Tahmima Anam

Dear Husband,

I lost our children today.

 

I really love a good opening sentence that grabs your attention and makes you want to find out more. 

 

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text 2017-05-02 14:09
Re-Read! The Haunting of Hill House
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Bernadette Dunne

This is my second time through for this book. I'm re-reading for the Horror Aficianados May 2017 group read. 

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