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I judged a book by its cover.

January 14, 2012

Books are companions that stay with you forever. Whenever I read any books that connect with me on a personal level, I wish I could climb into the pages and hug those dear characters on the pages.  Their struggles, tears, joys all stay with me.  That’s how you know an author is great.

Currently I am reading a book titled “The Good Muslim” by Thahmima Anam.  The title grabbed my attention at first.  I am Muslim by birth and whenever I see Islam portrayed anywhere by others I want to check them out.  To see if they are portraying Islam in a positive or negative light.  The next thing that caught my attention was the author’s name.  Though I did not know the author, the name sounded familiar.  I checked out the author’s bio in the back of the book and sure enough she was from my home country of Bangladesh.

The book is a page turner for me.  According the author’s website the synopsis of the books goes like this:

A remarkable novel about one family who, having fought in Bangladesh’s brutal war of independence, must now face the challenges of peace.

In the dying days of a brutal civil war, Sohail Haque stumbles upon an abandoned building. Inside, he finds a young woman whose story will haunt him for a lifetime to come . . .

Almost a decade later, Sohail’s sister Maya returns home after a long absence to find her beloved brother transformed. While Maya has stuck to her revolutionary ideals, Sohail has shunned his old life to become a charismatic religious leader. And when Sohail decides to send his son to madrasa, the conflict between them comes to a devastating climax.

Set in Bangladesh at a time when religious fundamentalism is on the rise, The Good Muslim is an epic story about faith, family and the long shadow of war.”

I will be doing a book review on “the Good Muslim” as soon as I am done.  I am beyond excited about finding a book that grabs me heart and soul and I simply cannot put it down until I am done and know that my “friends” are ok in the end.

Happy reading!

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