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on 12 July 2013
I was reading some books from the Guardian 2012 recommended list to choose one for my book club in Canada and this was the one that stood out. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish. It is a jewel. The narrator is the young son in a Bengal family, large, wealthy, cultured, educated. He brings to life the feelings and incidents in his young life, and affection and quirks of numerous aunts, and grandfather, as well as the foods he loves, which I plan to serve.
The life of this very erudite area of India is described, Dickens-like. The Muslim religion is practiced in the same relatively unimportant way many so many so called Christians practice theirs, and religion is unimportant in this family when it comes to relationships. Things take a dramatic turn however when Pakistan intervenes to make this this area, East Pakistan, devout, leading to the violent separation of east and West, and creation of Bangladesh. Highly recommended, and an insight into the culture of the Bangladesh upper or middle class.