The Good Muslim: A Novel

The Good Muslim: A Novel

by Tahmima Anam

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ISBN-13: 9780061478864
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 297
Sales rank: 477,196
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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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“Anam seems to be a novelist not so much luxuriating in the act of writing as in total control of it, using the right words to create her stunning story.”

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Good Muslim 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
mtrumbo on LibraryThing 3 days 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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Good-bye
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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