Songs At the River's Edge

Songs At the River's Edge : Stories From a Bangladeshi Village

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Katy Gardner's account of her fifteen-month stay in the small Bangladeshi village of Talukpur has become a classic study of rural life in South Asia.

Through a series of beautifully crafted narratives, the villagers and their stories are brought vividly to life and the author's role as an outsider sensitively conveyed in her descriptions of the warm friendships she makes.

Above all Songs at the River's Edge is written from a deep respect of Bangladesh and its country.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 340.19g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0745310958
  • 9780745310954

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Table of contents


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
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Review quote

'In reading it, you experience a profound sense of entering another community and seeing it from the inside. Gardner's evocative descriptions and her ability to convey the emotional intensity of its people make this a memorable book' -- Literary Review 'Beautifully and simply written ... the characters emerge in all their humanity, frailty and humour' -- New Internationalist
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About Katy Gardner

Katy Gardner is Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics and the author of Global Migrants, Local Lives (Oxford University Press, 1995), Discordant Development (Pluto, 2012) and Anthropology and Development (Pluto, 2015).
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48 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (16)
3 38% (18)
2 2% (1)
1 0% (0)
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