How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia


By (author) Mohsin Hamid

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Format: Hardback | 228 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 218mm x 25mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594487294
  • ISBN 13: 9781594487293
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 195,490

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"Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers." -Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "A globalized version of "The Great Gatsby ." . . [Hamid's] book is nearly that good." -Alan Cheuse, NPR "Marvelous and moving." -"TIME Magazine" From the internationally bestselling author of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love . . . His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world's pulse. "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" meets that reputation--and exceeds it. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over "rising Asia." It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along. "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia "is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.

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Mohsin Hamid's first novel, "Moth Smoke," won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Prize. His second, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," a bestseller in the United States and abroad, was shortlisted for the "Man Booker Prize." Hamid contributes to "Time," "The New York Times," and "The Washington Post," among others. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

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PRAISE FOR "THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST " "Elegant and chilling." -"The ""New York Times Book Review " "Changez's voice is extraordinary. Cultivated, restrained, yet also barbed and passionate, it evokes the power of butler Stevens in Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Remains of the Day"... brilliantly written and well worth a read." -"Seattle Times " "Slender, smart, and subversive." -"Entertainment Weekly " "Far from seeming bothered by the literariness of literature, Mohsin Hamid appears to savor it. Ambiguity starts out as the delicate organizing principle of his novel "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". By the end of the book it has turned into the disturbing payoff." -"New York Review of Books ""[A] lucid, unsettling novel." -"New Yorker " "Much of its magic - the enchantment and innocence of the relationship, the absolute familiarity and foreignness of America, the fragrant boisterousness and menace of Lahore - hinges on the unsaid." -"London Review of Books " "An unsettling novel for unsettling times." -"San Diego Union-Tribune " "It's a testament to author Mohsin Hamid's skill that Changez, despite [his] cold-blooded admission, remains a partly sympathetic character... Everything we know comes to us by his voice, by turns emotionally raw, teasingly ambiguous, fawning and tinged with menace. We read on to see what he will reveal, increasingly certain he will also conceal." -"Dallas Morning News " "Taut and accomplished." -"San Francisco Chronicle "