Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

I read about this book because it has just come out in movie form starring Kate Hudson (as the love interest, not the reluctant fundamentalist).

This is a very deceivingly simple book.

The main character, Changez, is speaking to an American at a cafe in Lahore. He tells about how he immigrated to the US as a student at Princeton, and how he was very successful at the elite valuation firm, Underwood Samson. He also speaks of his relationship with Erica. And then September 11th happens, and everything changes.

This is a pretty short book, simple, with no extra words added. And the ending. OMG. (Have I ever written OMG in this blog before?) That's how to describe the ending. I love ambiguous endings, but those of you who need things tidied up, may not like it.

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