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A silent life / Ryhaan Shah.

by Shah, Ryhaan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Leeds, England : Peepal Tree Press, 2005Description: 186 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 1845230027; 9781845230029.Subject(s): Guyana -- Fiction | GuyanaGenre/Form: Fiction.Summary: Aleyah Hassan knows from an early age that some mystery surrounds her grandmother who, except for praying incessantly, spends her days in silence. Aleyah finally learns that Nani once had a great deal to say, that she was drawn to a vision of revolutionary politics and the desire to speak on behalf of the sugar workers of their village. But in the Guyana of the 1940s, a woman could not play such a role, and Nani was forced to act through her husband, Nazeer. He, lacking his wife's abilities, is destroyed by the villagers' humiliating perception of him as a man ruled by his wife. What has never been clear is the extent to which Nani was directly responsible for his self-destruction. When Aleyah, following a scholarship to England, has to choose between her work for a radical aid agency and her children and marriage to a charming but lightweight fellow Guyanese, family history appears to be repeating itself.
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Aleyah Hassan knows from an early age that some mystery surrounds her grandmother who, except for praying incessantly, spends her days in silence. Aleyah finally learns that Nani once had a great deal to say, that she was drawn to a vision of revolutionary politics and the desire to speak on behalf of the sugar workers of their village. But in the Guyana of the 1940s, a woman could not play such a role, and Nani was forced to act through her husband, Nazeer. He, lacking his wife's abilities, is destroyed by the villagers' humiliating perception of him as a man ruled by his wife. What has never been clear is the extent to which Nani was directly responsible for his self-destruction. When Aleyah, following a scholarship to England, has to choose between her work for a radical aid agency and her children and marriage to a charming but lightweight fellow Guyanese, family history appears to be repeating itself.

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