Songs at the River's Edge
Stories from a Bangladeshi Village
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|Format:||Paperback, 160 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 05 March 1997|
Part autobiography, part travelogue, part anthropological study, this is an account of a Western woman living in a Muslim Bangladeshi village for 18 months. On an anthropological level, it demonstrates the beginnings of research in someone else's society, on a more general level, it can be read as a novel or a piece of travel writing. The author writes about the friends she made, the characters she met, the rituals she witnessed, about Islam as practised in that village, and about women living in Purdah. She describes trying, as a Western woman, to live the life of the village women.
Table of Contents
Foreword-- 1. September Arrival 2. The Lives that Allah Gives 3. Hushnia gets married 4. A Woman's Place 5. The Lives that Allah Takes 6. Roukea buys a new Sari 7. Stories of the Spirits 8. Storms 9. Abdullah seeks a Cure 10 Alim Ullah goes to Saudi 11. Ambia's story 12 November departure
About the Author
Katy Gardner is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sussex and is the author of several books including Global Migrants, Local Lives: Travel and Transformation in Rural Bangladesh (1995) and, with David Lewis, Anthropology, Development and the Post-modern Challenge (Pluto, 1996).
Beautifully and simply written ... the characters emerge in all their humanity, frailty and humour. Gardner's approach is refreshingly honest ... [she] neither patronizes nor glamourizes the people of Talukpar but rpays their trust by conveying their lives and experiences with dignity and respect. Songs At The River's Edge is a jewel of a book and the memory of it will stay long in the reader's mind -- New Internationalist
|Publisher: ||Pluto Press|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 13.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.22 kg)|