A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

By Tahmima Anam

Rehana Haque, a tender widow, blissfully prepares for the celebration she is going to host for her son and daughter. yet this can be 1971 in East Pakistan, and alter is within the air.

Set opposed to the backdrop of the Bangladesh warfare of Independence, A Golden Age is a narrative of ardour and revolution; of wish, religion, and unforeseen heroism in the course of chaos—and of 1 woman's heartbreaking fight to maintain her relatives secure.

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Qxd 5/29/01 3:12 PM Page 48 some reason she hadn’t. Just as I was standing the frame erect again, the door slid open all at once, and I turned to see Hatsumomo standing there. “Oh, it’s you,” she said. “I thought I heard a little mousie or something. I see you’ve been straightening my room! Are you the one who keeps rearranging all my makeup jars? ” “I’m very sorry, ma’am,” I said. ” “But if you touch them,” she said, “they’ll start to smell like you. ’ I’m sure you understand that, don’t you? But let’s have you repeat it back to me just to be sure.

I buried my face in my hands; and honestly I would have plunged in anguish through the floor of the train if I could have. Because the way my sister said my name, she hardly needed to say anything more. ” she said to me. I think all she wanted was a yes or no answer. Probably it didn’t matter to her what our destination was—so long as someone knew what was happening. But, of course, I didn’t. I asked the narrow man, Mr. Bekku, but he paid me no attention. He was still staring at Satsu as if he had never seen anything like her before.

She was smiling at me, though not in a kindly way. And then she said: “Mr. Bekku, could you take out the garbage later? ” There was no garbage in the entryway; she was talking about me. Mr. Bekku said he thought Hatsumomo had enough room to pass. “You may not mind being so close to her,” said Hatsumomo. ” Suddenly an older woman, tall and knobby, like a bamboo pole, appeared in the doorway behind her. “I don’t know how anyone puts up with you, Hatsumomo-san,” said the woman. But she gestured for Mr.

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