The Reluctant Fundamentalist

by Mohsin Hamid | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0156034026 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingyorkshire-lasswing of Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on 3/15/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by wingyorkshire-lasswing from Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Amazon Editorial Review

Now a major motion picture
Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
New York Times bestseller


“Extreme times call for extreme reactions, extreme writing. Hamid has done something extraordinary with this novel.” —Washington Post

“One of those achingly assured novels that makes you happy to be a reader.” —Junot Diaz

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 encounter . . .
Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by an elite valuation firm. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his budding romance 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 relationship with Erica shifting. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.

“Brief, charming, and quietly furious . . . a resounding success.” —Village Voice

A Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book


I read a copy of this a few years ago and enjoyed it.

Journal Entry 2 by wingyorkshire-lasswing at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Released 1 yr ago (7/21/2017 UTC) at Maidstone, Kent United Kingdom

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This is on its way tothe winner of the Authors From Unusual Countries Sweeps, hope you enjoy this and all the other books heading your way :-)

Journal Entry 3 by wingcontowing at Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, July 27, 2017
I have never read a book from a pakistani author before, so this is certainly a won bet. Thanks yorkshire-lass. Also for the beautiful other things included in the package and the tea from "unusual countries" :) They'll make the best company possible to all this books I'm getting.

Journal Entry 4 by wingcontowing at Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, August 11, 2017
Easy to read, quite uninteresting and utterly forgettable novel.
It might make sense and/or be thought provoking in the american midst, but I didn't like the style (unconvincing monologue) which bothered me from the beginning and found the storyline filled with clichés. Even its title... Maybe the fundamentalist in it comes from the business slogan of the company the protagonist works for in New York, "focus on the fundamentals", something he becomes a tad reluctant about, from a certain point on. I really don't understand how it became shortlisted for a booker.
Anyway, it's good to know there's some pakistani writers out there to be read and I got interested in reading his first novel, Moth Smoke, much more poetic and inventive, I've heard, than this one. Being a first approach from my part, I guess it was therefore successful.

Journal Entry 5 by wingcontowing at Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Saturday, September 23, 2017
I jus had to come back here and state that I just read, not the Moth Smoke but a newer one, Exit West and absolutely loved it.
Therefore, even if I didn't really like this particular book, it is from my point of view an author worth reading.
Once again, thank you Yorsgire-lass, for presenting him to me!

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