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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Hamid, Mohsin (Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
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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 of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city 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 maybe even love.
Authors: Hamid, Mohsin, 1971-
Title: The reluctant fundamentalist
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 184 p. ;,22 cm.
Local Note: 6 7 8 15 16 17 18 53 109 112 118 127 133 138 143 148 172 188 203 210 211 216 224 226 245 250 264
Additional Contributors: Anisfield-Wolf Collection
ISBN: 9780151013043
0151013047
Statement of Responsibility: Mohsin Hamid
Subject Headings: Pakistani Americans Fiction. Race discrimination Fiction. Self-perception Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction-2007.
Topical Term: Pakistani Americans
Race discrimination
Self-perception
LCCN: 2006021732
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May 31, 2014
  • gemini07 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing. The layers of hidden meanings of what the author means by "Fundamentalist", sets one to pondering.

Apr 11, 2014
  • marydave rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Unlike anything I've ever read in my 60+ years of wide reading in 3 languages. I think I might finally have a glimpse inside the fundamentalist mind. Current reading of "Ruins of Empire" is a good follow-up.

Dec 30, 2013
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Compelling read with cliff hanger ending. Highlights American culpability in its foreign policy and sublimated xenophobia.

Dec 29, 2012
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

thoroughly enjoyable and quite scary in aspects of just how a certain situation can have such a profound and devastating effect on a person. It is written in an unusual style to in the way it links the past narrative with the present day reality.

Dec 26, 2012
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent commentary on how nationals of other countries feel about America without the overbearing feeling of political science tomes.

Oct 18, 2012
  • Pisinga rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

5 Stars because this is a quick and easy read. Subject, of course, it's very controversial and this book can be seen as full of hate for everything American.
But I think that the main thing in this book - an idea against the war, against the resumptuousness towards "third world" from the "all-powerful", against racism, against the "punishment" of all population of a country just because of the terrible acts of some individuals from that country. But, again, opinions of the main character, and I think of writer, about some things he tries to resist - related to the material prosperity of capitalist America, its desire to be "the ruling hand" of the world, despite the fact that the history of America is very short, compared with the history of many countries against which its military operations are directed. But at the same time, the the main character is not very different from those he accuses and condemns. If it were not for the tragedy of September 11, I am confident that he, like many others with a similar fate, would have lived and thrived in the same America.

Apr 04, 2012
  • mprimom rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A brillant book, well written. Keeps you interested til the end!

Jan 08, 2012
  • John_M rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Written in the style of "The Prophet" which would have normally turned me off. The author kept me engaged throughout.

A beautifully written, thoughtful and perceptive piece that should be read by anyone who wants to understand how bigotry ignorance flourish in a time of understandable tension. A very good read.

Aug 04, 2011
  • floy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is easily read within one sitting but the memory of it will linger a long time. The framework is unusual - it's like a play, a monologue with only one speaker. For the reader, it's like listening to one side of a phone conversation. But the author does so much with that one side. The story of a Pakastani man attending Princeton and becoming successful in America was fascinating. His subsequent transition to becoming a "reluctant fundamentalist", I felt, was less comprehensive, and therefore less believable and less understood. However, the writing is excellent and the perspective of a Middle Eastern man both pre and post- 9-11 is important. I heartily recommend it.

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Jul 11, 2014
  • Liber_vermis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"... she was utterly detached, lost in a world of her own. Her eyes were turned inward, and remarks made by her companions would register only indirectly on her face, like the shadows of clouds gliding across the surface of a lake." (p. 86)

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