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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Published by Penguin on April 3, 2007
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(Last Updated On: November 24, 2021)
At a cafe 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.
what i liked about the reluctant fundamentalist
- I’m honestly having such good luck with books read for school! I thoroughly enjoyed this one too, which was surprising, because I even had to lead a class discussion on this one.
- I loved the way that this book was told. Changez is sitting in a cafe and telling this whole story, and the whole time he’s kind of an unreliable narrator. You never know if he’s actually telling the truth or if he’s withholding any information. Then you’re brought back into the present at the end of the book.
- Changez ends up being a very interesting character. He grew on me.
- This book takes an interesting look on 9/11 through the eyes of a Pakistani man, which was a different POV.
The only reason I’m giving it 4 stars is that though I really enjoyed it, it’s not a favorite of mine!