By Tahmima Anam
Rehana Haque, a tender widow, blissfully prepares for the get together she is going to host for her son and daughter. yet this is often 1971 in East Pakistan, and alter is within the air.
Set opposed to the backdrop of the Bangladesh battle of Independence, A Golden Age is a narrative of ardour and revolution; of desire, religion, and unforeseen heroism in the course of chaos--and of 1 woman's heartbreaking fight to maintain her kinfolk secure.
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Freud stared down seriously; he didn’t look pleased. ‘There must be some other . . ] some other . . magic potion which would permit certain men to radically alter their lives,’ I went on. ’ ‘You’re dreaming. You expect too much. A human being, a human personality is the total pattern of the accumulated limitations and potentials of an individual. ’ ‘Then perhaps, perhaps, we ought to do away with “him”,’ He paused as if trying to absorb what I’d said and when I turned to face him, he surprised me by booming two quick cannon shots of smoke out of the side of his mouth.
The restaurant was noisy and expensive, and, except for Dr Mann, who loved every trough he had ever fed in, we all hated it and went there because every other restaurant we had tried in the convenient area was also crowded, noisy and expensive. I usually spent so much nervous energy trying to hear what my friends were saying over the clattering of voices, dishes and ‘soft’ music and trying to avoid watching Dr Mann eating that I never remembered whether the food was good or not. At any rate I rarely got sick on it.
At about eleven Arlene asked to be dealt out, and, announcing drowsily that losing at poker made her feel sexy and sleepy, left for her apartment downstairs. Lil drank and battled on, won two huge pots at a seven-card-stud game with dice that she liked to play, became gay again, teased me affectionately, apologized for being irritable, teased Dr Mann for winning so much, then ran from the table to vomit in the bathtub. She returned after a few minutes uninterested in playing poker. Announcing that losing made her feel a frigid insomniac, she retired to bed.
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam