The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin HamidThe Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

byMohsin Hamid

Paperback | October 16, 2012

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Title:The Reluctant FundamentalistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Doubleday CAN TitlesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385678827

ISBN - 13:9780385678827


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant and thought-provoking Mohsin Hamid weaves a brilliant tale of love, loss, and the pursuit of personal integrity, ultimately demonstrating the significance of national and religious identity in a supposedly tolerant postcolonial world. The protagonist is an intelligent, young Pakistani man who ventures from his dilapidated family home in Lahore to the US to obtain an Ivy League education and embark on a career at a prestigious valuation firm in New York City. He immerses himself in the local culture and enjoys a period of financial and social success, which prompts him to begin to regard himself as a proud, open-minded New Yorker. However, when the catastrophic events of 9/11 unfold around him, and the racist and Islamophobic attitudes of much of the general population are abruptly exposed, the cultural differences between the East and the West are accentuated and he becomes progressively more disenchanted with his materialistic, self-absorbed, secular life in the US. When he is rejected by the beautiful American woman with whom he has fallen in love, he is finally pushed past his breaking point and he realizes that his loyalties lie not with the promised land of the US, but with his homeland Pakistan, and that he could not in good conscience continue living as he has in NYC. His ensuing identity crisis and its ramifications provide a disquieting, thought-provoking end to a powerful story.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good It was very interesting book. I couldn't put it down. Definitely a must read!
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