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Moving between Australia and Bangladesh, Seasonal Adjustments introduces a fresh new voice to the Australian literary scene - with a fascinating story to tell. Iqbal Chaudhary is fortyish, but the mid-life crisis he faces is more complex than many. His Australian marriage has collapsed, his past surfaces to bother his conscience and he feels a compulsive need to go back to the country he left immediately after the war with Pakistan, eighteen years earlier. But his reception from family and friends is deeply ...
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Moving between Australia and Bangladesh, Seasonal Adjustments introduces a fresh new voice to the Australian literary scene - with a fascinating story to tell. Iqbal Chaudhary is fortyish, but the mid-life crisis he faces is more complex than many. His Australian marriage has collapsed, his past surfaces to bother his conscience and he feels a compulsive need to go back to the country he left immediately after the war with Pakistan, eighteen years earlier. But his reception from family and friends is deeply mixed. Iqbal is forced to confront why he left Bangladesh and how he feels about his family as well as his native country whose poverty, squalor and overcrowding make him react involuntarily with the squeamishness of a Westerner. Going back, he takes with him his young daughter. One of the many strengths of this multifaceted novel is the tender father-daughter relationship it portrays, as Iqbal brings her close to his origins and also faces the critical questions about his own cultural fragmentation and sense of belonging.

An emigrant to Australia returns to Bangladesh.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781863736527
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.67 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2008

    Bangladesh through familiar foreign eyes

    It's a rare treat to find an English book that offers Bangladesh cultural insights. In the novel Seasonal Adjustments, Adir Khan introduces us to Iqbal Chaudhary who has been out of the country for 18 years when a personal crises drives him to return to his boyhood home along with his young daughter. This book offers a rewarding story of Mr. Chaudhary's personal growth, and as a side benefit we get to experience Bangladesh culture filtered through the recesses of his memory as well as his new Australian perspective. It's difficult to leave home, and even harder with the tight family bonds of the well off Chaudhary's. His internal struggles starts there, but add to that the baggage of leaving friends who suffered through the Independence war and its aftermath, and pile on top of that a troubled marriage. He has many things to sort out in his return home. Besides these internal struggles, there are many other diffic ult things that we experience through his eyes. He is, for example, often torn by his memories of the shaman yet is forced to deal with the same man who his family still relies upon. As he travels through the area, we experience how poverty drives people to do things that shock him and us. Time and again we get to see him contrast his cultural understanding with his new western outlook. For example, he knows the cultural drivers for how women are treated, yet he can contrast it with how this behavior would not be tolerated in Australia. Seasonal Adjustments presents a fulfilling story of personal anguish and growth and complements it with a sharp eye towards Bangladesh vs western culture.

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