Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty (Review)

I’m going to keep this short and sweet.

This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I think that’s largely the part of the content: while I definitely think that Yunus has done a lot of awesome things for people living in poverty in rural Bangladesh, and I think that Grameen Bank is a great and necessary achievement … it just felt like this book was a giant poster praising Yunus and acting as an advertisement and political manifesto.

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Revenge: A Fable (Review)

Okay, first of all? The description on this book is a bit misleading. You see where it says above that Jhumur is expected to be the “traditional Muslim wife”, and then continues with a description of what that entails? In the book, it’s described much more as Jhumur being expected to be a traditional Bangladeshi wife, and particularly one from the social circle in which her husband’s family belongs.

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Release Day Review: The Good Muslim

Of all of the books I’ve read in the past month, this has probably been the best so far.

For starters, I learned so much about the revolution in Bangladesh from this book, both from a secular point of view and as an explanation for some of the religious fundamentalism that came about after the split from Pakistan.

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Interpreter of Maladies (Review)

When I picked up this book, I didn’t think that I had read it before. About halfway through, though, I realized that most of the stories sounded really familiar, and I soon figured out that this was a re-read. Still not sure when I read it, but it was likely for a university course in my undergrad.

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