The Reluctant Fundamentalist

A Selection of Barnes Noble RecommendsA psychological thriller that spans continents and cultures, The Reluctant Fundamentalist takes us from the privileged confines of Princeton University to the anxious streets of contemporary Pakistan from the sun baked Greek island of Santorini to a sanitarium in the Hudson Valley from the galleries of downtown Manhattan to theA Selection of Barnes Noble RecommendsA psychological thriller that spans continents and cultures, The Reluctant Fundamentalist takes us from the privileged confines of Princeton University to the anxious streets of contemporary Pakistan from the sun baked Greek island of Santorini to a sanitarium in the Hudson Valley from the galleries of downtown Manhattan to the highest echelons of American finance It s a journey we take in less than 200 pages, and without leaving, until the very end, a small table at a modest tearoom in Lahore, Pakistan and yet it is a journey that may reveal about the human realities of the post 9 11 world than a shelf of thick political treatises At the table sit two men a young Pakistani named Changez and an unnamed American Only Changez speaks, and his mesmerizing monologue relates his story, beginning with his happy days at Princeton and continuing through his initial success as a well paid financial analyst His budding romance with Erica, a beautiful fellow Princetonian, runs in counterpoint to the early promise of his career Then come the attacks of September 11 Over the next few months, slowly but inexorably, the innocence of Changez s ambition is shadowed by his experience of the unexpected political present and by his altered understanding of his Pakistani past As his career crumbles and Erica is consumed by her own demons, Changez s sense of his identity fractures under the strain of conflicting impulses of pride, passion, and loyalty He returns to his homeland, and the complexity of his new life there is reflected in the alternating currents of his voice ingratiating, insinuating, articulate, respectful, blunt, affecting, and, last but not least, sinister as he leads his companion toward an uncertain yet ominous conclusion An extraordinary work of empathy and imagination, Mohsin Hamid s novel vividly dramatizes the turmoil and terror of today s world in a single, unforgettable voice From Our BooksellersCrisp and compelling with an ending that will certainly encourage discussion A quick read that will have a long, lingering impact Melissa Willits, Carmel, INTruly a work of genius Nothing is black and white in this world and Hamid doesn t let us forget that.Diane Carr, Chestnut Hill, MAControversial and eye opening I finished the book in one sitting.Tim Baldwin, Houston, TXA terrifying look at the very thin line between us and them.Sandra Guerfi, White Plains, NYInsightful, timely, and unsettling This book puts a human face on a currently demonized culture.Teresa Patek, Crystal Lake, IL
The Reluctant Fundamentalist A Selection of Barnes Noble RecommendsA psychological thriller that spans continents and cultures The Reluctant Fundamentalist takes us from the privileged confines of Princeton University to the anx

  • Title: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
  • Author: Mohsin Hamid
  • ISBN: 9781616848804
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist May , Directed by Mira Nair With Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family s homeland. The Reluctant Fundamentalist The Reluctant Fundamentalist Paperback The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a riveting, brilliantly unsettling exploration of the shadowy, unexpected connections between the political and the personal Read See all Editorial Reviews The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid The reluctant fundamentalist promises a lot, but ends up just so plain, and bland Firstly, the title is misleading, there s nothing about religion, chauvinism, or fundamentalism It s mostly, the turmoil of a Pakistani secular muslim, who apparently, is in love hate relationship with America, and this girl, Erica. The Reluctant Fundamentalist Rotten Tomatoes The Reluctant Fundamentalist Critics Consensus The Reluctant Fundamentalist is technically proficient, with solid acting and cinematography, but its message is so The Reluctant Fundamentalist film The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid review An alienated Pakistani tells his life story to an American stranger in Mohsin Hamid s mesmerising second novel, writes Andrew Anthony The Reluctant Fundamentalist IFC Films With time, he begins to hear the call of his own homeland Taking us through the culturally rich and beguiling worlds of New York, Lahore and Istanbul, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a story about conflicting ideologies where perception and suspicion have the power to determine life or death. The Reluctant Fundamentalist Kindle edition by Mohsin His bold new novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is a daring, fast paced monologue of a young Pakistani man telling his life story to a mysterious American stranger It s a controversial look at the dark side of the American Dream, exploring the aftermath of

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    1. At a Bookstore in India Sir, I see that you are checking out this book by Mohsin Hamid . I read it a few days back. How did I find it you ask? Well, it was pretty interesting. I found the narration style of the author quite unique. I think that alone was reason enough to make it worth. Oh, you are getting distracted. I see you are eyeing those shining new book covers of The Hunger Games and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. They came out after the movies were released. No, I have not seen the mov [...]

    2. On a flight back to US from India, about half an hour was left to land in San Francisco, everyone was asleep, when we heard the captain speaking over the intercom. All I heard was something about how we were about to land in Japan. In my sleepy state I assumed that something was wrong with the plane and was about to panic when my husband told me the rest of the captain's message. Apparently we were denied entry into United States because a passenger was on their no-fly list.On landing in Japan, [...]

    3. A real bowl of literary prawn crackers - you eat and eat and they taste of nothing, they're entirely synthetic, like a form of extruded plastic, but you can't stop and then you realise the whole bowl is gone and what was that all about? This is not a good book and yet it was compelling, I can't deny it, a smooth, snaky insinuating monologue which in retrospect and often in real-time spect is a ridiculous tissue of allegory, you've seen all this in other reviews but it's all horribly true - our r [...]

    4. I've been trying to read some good Pakistani writing in English for a while now. And I'm glad I made an introduction with Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist, who earlier wrote Moth Smoke, a novel, which Rahul Bose is now adapting into a film.Lately, there has been a flowering of young Pakistani writers like Hamid and Kamila Shamsie (Cartography, Salt And Saffron), and in many ways, this is the first literary stirring that the country is witnessing.The Reluctant Fundamentalist looks at t [...]

    5. In one sustained monologue, a young Pakistani named Changez relates his life story to an unidentified American man in a cafe in the city of Lahore. Changez, a Princeton graduate who once worked as an analyst for a Manhattan financial firm, tells us how his optimistic view of America began to darken in the aftermath of 9/11. I liked this book for its elegant style and outsider's viewpoint, but my favorite part of it is the mysterious relationship between the narrator and his American listener. Te [...]

    6. Nine Reasons To Read This One:Because it’s short, yet evocative: a relief at a time when authors needlessly pile on the pages.Because it’s hard enough to sustain a distinctive voice for a dramatic monologue in a poem (ask Robert Browning), leave alone an entire novel.Because the voice is just right – formal without being sombre; precise without being stiff.Because, unlike in John Updike’s Terrorist, you can empathise with and understand Changez, the fundamentalist.Because of the deliciou [...]

    7. This is a lovely, short, very easy-to-read post 9/11 book. The structure of this is tale is Changez telling his personal story to a burly American visitor (probably a spook of some sort) to his country, in his function as a guide to Pakistan. The tone was very reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling, at least as far as I recall from my reading of Kipling many years back. Think The Man Who Would Be King. This makes sense given the subject matter of the book, colonialism versus the third world. Changez, bo [...]

    8. An Open Letter to Americawhich unfortunately I read late, around 5 years late. Why unfortunate? B’coz I might have liked it or probably loved it since I was a naive reader back then i.e I was into Sheldons and Archers and closer home Bhagats *blushes*. Anyway, I was well aware when this book hit the literary world and took it by storm. A dashing title, a Pakistani author, a reluctant subject, a movie in the making by Mira Nair and that’s precisely the reason I wanted to read the book before [...]

    9. An eerie, quietly powerful story. The structure is simple enough--- a monologue. A cafe in Lahore, and a young Pakistani is explaining to a silent American how he came to be an enemy of America. There's menace there--- something is about to happen, and soon. You're not told why the American is there, or what he does, or quite why young Changez is telling him these things. But there it is. This voice--- educated, articulate, tinged with hostility and faux-bonhomie and self-pity ---speaking into t [...]

    10. Onvan : The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Nevisande : Mohsin Hamid - ISBN : 151013047 - ISBN13 : 9780151013043 - Dar 184 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2007

    11. “When my turn came, I said I hoped one day to be the dictator of an Islamic republic with nuclear capability; the others appeared shocked, and I was forced to explain that I had been joking.” It explores, but only manages to scratch the surface, the question of religious fundamentalist amongst contemporary Muslim youth. No, it doesn't explore it, but makes a joke out of it, through an artificially constructed dilemma of one Changez, a Pakistani expat in the United States, who has turned to " [...]

    12. One of the most contentiously rated novels I've seen hereI'd had the book for 2-3 years probably, when, a couple months ago, I determined that I needed to make shelf space. This was one of a few books I decided to get rid of, even though it was unread. But it was so short, and I had looked forward to reading it So I put it beside books I was reading and would soon read, then picked it up a few nights ago when I was tired but didn't feel like going to bed, and started reading. I’m very glad I d [...]

    13. Wow. This is everything I want in a novel. Engaging and somewhat experimental narration and challenging politics. I plan to make a discussion video about this book, so I'll save a lot of my thoughts, but let me say that this was brilliant.The second-person narration is extremely powerful, as it confronts "you"—the implied American (or Western) reader—and implicates you directly in the events that have taken place in the novel and as complicit with the politics that shaped the landscape that [...]

    14. It is now 2013, and no doubt many Pakistanis like our titular narrator have reason to be suspicious of America, perhaps over secret agreements and drone strikes. I will not deny that, nor claim they are unjustified. But this book is written and set much earlier, in the reign of Bush II, where bile flowed more freely and anti-Americanism was more open everywhere. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is trying to be a political allegory yet also a complex psychological piece, yet it accomplishes neither. [...]

    15. Sjajan neobican ima ono "nesto" specificno za autore poreklom iz Indije i Pakistana sjednom finom notom humora meni veoma dragog Prava je kupio jedan srpski izdavac, ali je zapao u teskoce i knjiga verovatno nece skoro biti objavljena na srpskom Za sve one kojima se dopala knjiga Pitanja i odgovori Vikasa Svarupa (Laguna) ili Beli tigar (IPS)

    16. 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.So begins the The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid; a great opening paragraph which catches your eye and which in fact made me purchase this [...]

    17. I loved Moth Smoke but Hamid falls woefully short of the poetry and inventiveness of his first novel in this hackneyed, boring and utterly forgettable novelette that fails both as a polemical rant against american foreign policy (Rage Against The Machine does a better job and is more believable) and on a more basic human level as a love story. Changez is a pakistani man with western yearnings and trappings, educated at Princeton, and employed by a top american valuation firm when 9/11 occurs. Th [...]

    18. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a lesson in civility. Its pacing is practiced and hospitable. There is ceremony and sublimation. Such is the story of Changez, a Pakistani Princeton graduate and one-time corporate star in NYC, told on a wonderful day in Lahore. His shadowy interlocutor is an American of unknown intentions. The novel offers a modest immigrant's tale. While it is clear there is extreme emotion just under the surface, the notion of any real threat remains uncertain. It is this menac [...]

    19. Supremely interesting and well told, but I'll have to think a lot more about the ending. Still, I'm very glad I read it.

    20. The story is told in first person as if the narrator is talking to you (he addresses you 'sir') directly. It took me awhile to get used to it because Hamid did not introduce his characters first before starting this narrative. The plot is simple: Changez is a Pakistani young man who has finished his degree at Princeton, lands a good paying job at Underwood Samson and is having an affair with Erica who seems to be his ticket to full entry to Manhattan's powerful and rich circles. However, 9/11 ha [...]

    21. Mohsin Hamid also wrote "Moth Smoke," and that brought me to this book--the flashy title could have been ignored. At first, the way he wrote it seemed charming but quickly turned annoying. The story is about a young Pakistani guy who comes to America, goes to Yale, and earns his way to a highly competitive job as a financial analyst. He is in love with an annoying girl. He assimilates and loves his life in America but his outlook changes after September 11. Unfortunately, Hamid doesn't really ta [...]

    22. At first, I thought "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" was a book about a radicalized extremest. That, if anything, reflects my own cultural expectations and prejudices as a American. And just one of the ways that Hamid navigates ambiguity to manipulate his reader's emotions while making them think. Hamid's protagonist Changez is far from a terrorist. And the titular fundamentalism has zero to do with religion. Instead, it refers to Changez's Yale-educated role as a Wall Street valuation analyst. Wh [...]

    23. The inability to let go of an idealized past is a recurring theme in Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Just in the same manner that America erroneously idealizes a pre-September Eleven Utopia in the United States, Erica idealizes her relationship with her deceased boyfriend Chris; likewise, just how America is unable to let go of the past by engaging in blind vengeful tactics against the Middle East, so is Erica unable to let go of her past relationship with Chris and so she recedes [...]

    24. I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I not found Changez's character to be so predictable and hypocritical. He says "I myself was a form of indentured servant whose right to remain (in the US) was dependent upon the continued benevolence of my employer." Lets see, he gets a free Ivy League education, which is annoying in itself as there are so many American students who fall short of his standards, and the few foreigners (at a US university) seem to be the only students appreciative o [...]

    25. So far a total disappointment.What happened to the brilliant author of Moth Smoke?This book with his narrator's monologue looks like an attempt to simplify both: literature and points of view.Even irony seems put here and there without a logic.And the effect of all these fake attempts to pretend the narrator is really having a conversation with the stereotype of an American businessman in Lahore is really disturbing.I hope that Hamid is going to surprise me, but still page after page, chapter af [...]

    26. I seem to be reading lots of books about immigrants lately. I've had this audiobook in my shelf to read for a while now. For some reason I decided to download it this weekend and couldn't stop listening until the end.I also think that writing a good review about The Reluctant Fundamentalist is way above my pay-grade, so I am going to use a few adjectives to describe the book and my reaction to it as best I can:About the book: Enigmatic,Candid, elegant, nuanced, relevant, thoughtful, bitter, powe [...]

    27. I enjoyed this book. it was different from what I usually read.I could relate to changez cause I know so many Pakistanis. I loved the way the story was told even though it was a bit confusing. what annoyed me about this book was the character's relationship with Erica! they were so ill-suited and his attachment to her was so not understandable to me!how the character's personality changed was really interesting to read and to look at things from a point of view of a Muslim who lived in America a [...]

    28. تاريخ القراءة الأصلي : ٢٠١٢ الرواية الثانية للكاتب الباكستاني الطموح محسن حامد، نالت الكثير من الثناء في الغرب لدرجة وصولها لقوائم البوكر النهائية. الرواية تسرد قصة التلاقي والافتراق بين مهاجر باكستاني ناجح والحلم الأمريكي. والطريق الذي أعقب ذلك لأحداث ١١ سبتمبر. أسلوبها ا [...]

    29. 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' is an attempt to give one an idea about what drives youngsters to radical Islamic fundamentalism - a term which has close connotations with political fanaticism, terrorism and anti-americanism. However, Mohsin Hamid has failed miserably. Not only the book was unable to generate a feeling of sympathy and understanding towards the protagonist Changez, it left me pretty convinced that Changez's fundamentalist beliefs are completely un-justified and that he is a hypocr [...]

    30. A lot has been written on 9/ 11, some from a perspective of an American, some from a NRI living there, some from an Afghan, some from a victim, some from a family of the victim. Each crisis, each tragedy affects each of us in very different ways and when multiplied by our current circumstances, affects us accordingly. Then why are all of us expected to react or behave in the same way, why any different reaction is looked as cruel or insensitive. For every war there is a victory, despite the loss [...]

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