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DOWNLOAD º The Storm Ü Inspired by theBhola Cyclone, in which half a million people perished overnight, The Storm seamlessly interweaves five love stories that, together, chronicle sixty years of Bangladeshi historyShahryar, a recent PhD graduate and father of nine year old Anna, must leave the US when his visa expires As father and daughter spend their last remaining weeks together, Shahryar tells Anna the history of his country, beginning in a village on the Bay of Bengal, where a poor fisherman and his Hindu wife, who converted to Islam out of love for him, are preparing to face a storm of historic proportions Their story intersects with those of a Japanese fighter pilot, a British female doctor stationed in Burma during World War II, a Buddhist monk originally from Austria, and a privileged couple in Calcutta who leave everything behind to move to East Pakistan following the Partition of India 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, honor, and sacrifice for one anotherAt once grounded in history and fantastically imaginative, The Storm is a sweeping epic in the tradition of Khaled Hosseini s The Kite Runner and Rohinton Mistry s A Fine Balance by an immensely talented new voice in international fiction Let s give the author kudos for having so many stories, taking place over 60 years, that all are interwoven and build on one another as they unfold I had trouble a few times keeping them all straight I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to write the story.The story flips seamlessly between the years and characters, taking place in India, Bangladesh, and the US I m sure that someone who knows about the partition of India would be able to put this into a better context than I cou Let s give the author kudos for having so many stories, taking place over 60 years, that all are interwoven and build on one another as they unfold I had trouble a few times keeping them all straight I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to write the story.The story flips seamlessly between the years and characters, taking place in India, Bangladesh, and the US I m sure that someone who knows about the partition of India would be able to put this into a better context than I could, but that lack of knowledge in no way kept me from being swept into the story The only thing that kept me from fully enjoying it was the use of so many words that were used in descriptive passages that were of Indian origin and I had no idea what they meant Sometimes this made it hard to picture what they were wearing, etc Since I tend to see a book in my head like a movie, based on the descriptions in the book, it was hard to do that with this story.I hope that this is the first of many books by this author It was thoroughly enjoyed Writing the novel was definitely an amazing experience, hence the five stars As for reading it, well, you tell me One cyclone that erased half a million lives overnight One nation carved into two A war with so many sides that the entire world seemed on fire And five stories that span sixty years and countless twists of fate Inspired by the Bhola Cyclone that devastated what is now Bangladesh in November 1970, Arif Anwar spins the globe and lands the reader in WWII Burma, the Partition of India in 1947, the 1970 Bhola Cyclone, the 1972 Bangladesh independence, and modern day Washington D.C His premise A One cyclone that erased half a million lives overnight One nation carved into two A war with so many sides that the entire world seemed on fire And five stories that span sixty years and countless twists of fate Inspired by the Bhola Cyclone that devastated what is now Bangladesh in November 1970, Arif Anwar spins the globe and lands the reader in WWII Burma, the Partition of India in 1947, the 1970 Bhola Cyclone, the 1972 Bangladesh independence, and modern day Washington D.C His premise A dozen major and minor characters chronicle of the recent history of Bangladesh an ambitious premise, yet Anwar weaves eras, nations, events, and characters together with grace and formidable skill What held me fast to the page was the richness of the characters their loves and losses become our viewfinder, our way into understanding the religious conflict that divided India into Buddhist India and Muslim Pakistan they humanize Japanese fighter pilots in shredded Burma they reveal a modern immigrant s complicated relationship with his adopted country As the pieces of the stories tumble and lock into place, forming a complete and interconnected picture, the suspense of how they will all fit together is a feat of agile storytelling With perfect pacing, Anwar knows when and how to move each story along, giving enough detail for complicated history to resonate emotionally and intellectually without miring the reader in overmuch detail Beautifully written, with intelligent and elegant prose, The Storm is not to be missed A historically based novel that covers significant territory in time and beliefs This felt both realistic and romantic without sacrificing one style for the other It is a highly imaginative story readily summoning up locations vividly based in all the senses It sure made me hungry too with all the food descriptions Funny that Arif mentioned eating cole slaw on several occasions Wonder if this a favorite of his It is definitely not A Fine Balance but it has merits aplenty to be praised Off A historically based novel that covers significant territory in time and beliefs This felt both realistic and romantic without sacrificing one style for the other It is a highly imaginative story readily summoning up locations vividly based in all the senses It sure made me hungry too with all the food descriptions Funny that Arif mentioned eating cole slaw on several occasions Wonder if this a favorite of his It is definitely not A Fine Balance but it has merits aplenty to be praised Offers considerable information about Bangladesh for those unfamiliar Well done Hope to seefrom this author