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'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 ... Read review
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At a café table in Lahore, a Pakistani man converses with a stranger. As dusk deepens to ... more

dark, he begins the tale that has brought him to
this fateful meeting...Among the brightest and
best of his graduating class at Princeton, Changez
is snapped up by an elite firm and thrives on New
York and the intensity of his work. And his
infatuation with fragile Erica promises entree
into Manhattan society on the exalted footing his
own family once held back in Lahore. For a time,
it seems as though nothing will stand in the way
of Changez's meteoric rise to personal and
professional success: the fulfilment of the
immigrant's dream. But in the wake of September
11, he finds his position in the city he loves
suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship
with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of
her past. And Changez's own identity is in seismic
shift as well, unearthing allegiances more
fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even
love. About the Author Mohsin Hamid grew up in
Lahore, attended Princeton University and Harvard
Law School and worked for several years as a
management consultant in New York. His first
novel, Moth Smoke, was published in ten languages,
won a Betty Trask award, was a finalist for the
PEN/Hemingway award, and was a New York Times
Notable Book of the Year. Mohsin Hamid currently
lives, works and writes in London. REVIEWS: Marta
Simonetti-Whitford, Guardian Books of the Year "If
a book had to be praised for its merits in
defining the anxieties of our post-9/11 society,
then Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist
would be the one to win" Philip Pullman "I read
Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist with
increasing admiration. It is beautifully written -
what a joy it is to find such intelligent prose,
such clarity of thought and exposition - and
superbly constructed. The author has managed to
tighten the screw of suspense almost without our
being aware it is happening, and the result is a
tale of enormous tension. ..."

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Paperback. Pub Date :2013-03-28 Pages: 224 Language: English Publisher: Penguin Books The ... more

Reluctant Fundamentalist is the award-winning
international bestseller by Mohsin Hamid.NOW A
MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING KATE HUDSON AND
KIEFER SUTHERLANDSHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER
PRIZE 2007Excuse me. sir. but may I be of
assistance Ah. I see I have alarmed you. Do not be
frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America
... So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore
cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea.
you learn his name and what led this speaker of
immaculate English to seek you out. For her is
more worldy than you might expect; better
travelled and better educated. He knows the West
better than you do. And as he tells you his story.
of how he embraced the Western dream - and a
Western woman - and how both betrayed him. so the
night darkens. Then the true reason ...

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Is anything really what it seems?

AdvantagesExcellent writing and a real sense of menace

DisadvantagesNone

"...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'. ..." Read review
18.08.2010

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Fast paced but leaves lingering questions

AdvantagesGripping, well written, engaging narrator, interesting story, twists and unanswered questions

DisadvantagesNothing really for me - but might not be everyone's cup of tea

"I decided to read The Reluctant Fundamentalist as I had really enjoyed another novel by Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke. Like Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist drew me in straight away and gripped me from the very first lines: "Excuse me, Sir, may I be of any assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America". The whole book is written as a monologue in the voice of a young Pakistani man, Changez. ..." Read review
26.07.2012

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What Price the Fundamentals?

AdvantagesClever concept skillfully narrated, suitably ambiguous ending.

DisadvantagesOccasionally too clever, too neat.

"...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. ..." Read review
03.01.2010

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Unique narrative but the plot didn't impress me

AdvantagesUnique narrative voice

DisadvantagesPoor plot line

"Title: The Reluctant Fundamentalist Author: Moshin Hamid Publisher: Penguin Publication Date: 6 June 2013 Goodreads Summary: At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting . . . Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite "valuation" firm ..." Read review
15.06.2013

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At a cafe table in Lahore, a Pakistani man converses with a stranger. As dusk deepens to dark, he begins the tale that has brought him to this fateful meeting...

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EAN 9780141029542
Type Fiction
Genre Modern Fiction
Title The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Author Mohsin Hamid
Edition Paperback
Publisher Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN 0141029544

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