The Storm

The Storm

A Novel

Book - 2018
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Inspired by the 1970 Bhola Cyclone, in which half a million people perished overnight, this seamlessly interweaves five love stories that, together, chronicle fifty years of Bangladeshi history. The structure of this riveting novel mimics the storm itself - building to a series of revelatory and moving climaxes as it explores the many ways in which families love, betray, honour, and sacrifice for one another.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada Ltd., ©2018.
ISBN: 9781443454216
Characteristics: 348 pages ;,23 cm.

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SCL_Tricia Jan 04, 2019

A pleasant surprise, I wasn't sure what to expect. I enjoyed the history and the way it tied together in the end. Recommended for a bookclub.

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tirjan
Aug 29, 2018

Shahryar, a recent PhD graduate and father of nine-year-old Anna, must leave the US when his visa expires. In their last remaining weeks together, we learn Shahryar’s history, in a vil­lage on the Bay of Bengal, where a poor fisherman and his wife are preparing to face a storm of historic proportions. That story intersects with those of a Japanese pilot, a British doctor stationed in Burma during World War II, and a privileged couple in Calcutta who leaves everything behind to move to East Pakistan following the Partition of India. Inspired by the 1970 Bhola cyclone, in which half a million-people perished overnight, the structure of this riveting novel mimics the storm itself. Building to a series of revelatory and moving climaxes, it shows the many ways in which families love, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another.

A pretty convoluted story line but a good one. Very nice effort for a first novel.

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