The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

byMohsin Hamid

Kobo ebook | June 5, 2009

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From the author of the award-winning Moth Smoke comes a perspective on love, prejudice, and the war on terror that has never been seen in North American literature.

At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, 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 Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the “valuation” of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on the energy of New York and the intensity of his work, and his infatuation with regal Erica promises entrée into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family 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. But in the wake of September 11, he 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 perhaps even love.

Elegant and compelling, Mohsin Hamid’s second novel is a devastating exploration of our divided and yet ultimately indivisible world.

“Excuse 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. I noticed that you were looking for something; more than looking, in fact you seemed to be on a mission, and since I am both a native of this city and a speaker of your language, I thought I might offer you my services as a bridge.”
—from The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Title:The Reluctant FundamentalistFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 5, 2009Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307373355

ISBN - 13:9780307373359

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Anything but reluctant Hadn't read anything this good in a long time. Mohsin Hamid blew me away with his writing - very unique style. Well thought. Great read. A definite must!
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This book was really unexpected. It keeps you guessing and has a bit of a thriller quality about it. It's well written and was an enjoyable read.
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought Provoking Thriller The author of the Reluctant Fundamentalist uses monologue in a very interesting way. While reading the story, it kind of makes you wonder if are you the one being talked to or not. If one can explain the experience, it is up to the reader to decide. I really recommend this book because it will help you open your mind by experiencing the perspective on what it would feel like if you are a Middle Eastern man in post 9/11 America.
Date published: 2011-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking and interesting It seems like while we are sitting in one of the popular restaurants of Lahore (Pakistan) savouring the busy atmosphere of the city at dusk, we overhear one side of the conversation between a native Pakistani man, a former American immigrant, and an American visitor. During the course of their dinner, the one voiced dialogue reveals the real identity of the characters and the connection between them. As the ominous darkness slowly creeps into the town, so does the tension escalates between the two men as they say good bye to each other. It’s an enjoyable book to read.
Date published: 2007-12-29