The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid Reviews
Description:ISBN 0241143659 / Author: Mohsin Hamid / Genre: Fiction / Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd / At a cafe table in Lahore, a Pakistani man ... more
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid ... begins the tale that has led to his fateful meeting with an uneasy American stranger...Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. He thrives on the energy of New York, his work at an elite firm, and his budding relationship. For a time, it seems that nothing will stand in the way of his meteoric rise to success. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his relationship crumbling and his exalted status overturned. Allegiances are subsequently unearthed, proving themselves more fundamental than money, power and maybe even love.
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by - written on 14/08/10 (Very useful, 61 readings)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a novel by Mohsin Hamid that was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2007. It's a slim volume that's deceptively easy to read but will keep you thinking about it for a long time after you turn the last page. The story is told from the perspective of Changez, a young man from Pakistan whose intelligence and hard work propel him into an elite group of international students who are able to obtain a scholarship for an Ivy League education in the United States. Changez leaves his family in Pakistan to attend Princeton and then he settles in New York City, working for a highly respected valuations firm. Things appear to ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/11/09 (Very useful, 83 readings)
Skillfully-composed, clever in execution - and only occasionally too much so for its own good - Mousin Hamed's The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a crafty novella that examines the east-west rift that has only deepened over the past decade. At one point in proceedings, our protagonist Changez is told of the Janissaries; Christian children taken by the Ottoman Empire and trained to fight unquestioningly against their own people. A Pakistani in New York, Changez begins to see himself in the same light, and question his own allegiances. The story is told entirely in the form of Changez's monologue as he relates his tale to a slightly jumpy American stranger he meets ... Read the complete review
by - written on 01/10/09 (Very useful, 93 readings)
'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' impressed me on a number of different levels. It is a sparse, short book which reflects on culture, terrorism, xenophobia, capitalism and mental illness. This may sound like an intimidating list, but the way that Mohsin Hamid subtly weaves these issues into the narrative makes the story one that is very easy to read and totally enthralling. Like many of the best books, the entire story takes place during one short night. A strange man approaches an American with the words, 'Excuse me sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see that I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard: I am a lover of America'. This first sentence ... Read the complete review
by - written on 03/03/08, updated on 05/03/08 (Very useful, 75 readings)
At a café in an old part of Lahore, a Pakistani man treats a mysterious and a rather nervous American to a story of his encounter - and disillusionment - with the American Dream. A scion of a old family of Pakistani professionals, who still remember the old but now faded glories, he goes to Princeton on a special scholarship and on graduation is recruited by an elite firm of business valuers. New York is a revelation - a cosmopolitan centre of the most advanced technological civilisation in the world - a country in itself - and his drive and talents are recognised and appreciated, while he doesn't question either the life he's personally living or the values of the world Read the complete review
by - written on 15/06/13 (Very useful, 12 readings)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is part of a group of books that have had their covers completely redesigned by 'street artists' which are all rather snazzy looking so you should definitely go check all of those books out. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book at all and to be honest it's not the sort of book that I'd usually go for. It's basically about a young man named Changez who moves from Lahore to the USA after gaining a place at the presitigious Princeton University. He then secures a very good job with a Underwood Samson, a huge valuation firm, and he really does seem to be living the dream. However, after the events of 9/11, people start to ... Read the complete review
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