The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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By (author) Mohsin Hamid

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  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 191 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 203mm x 18mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 14 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Belmont, CA
  • ISBN 10: 0156034026
  • ISBN 13: 9780156034029
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 36,576

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Now a major motion pictureShort-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 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. "Brief, charming, and quietly furious . . . a resounding success." --"Village Voice " A "Washington Post "and "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Book of the YearA "New York Times" Notable Book

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MOHSIN HAMID grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and attended Princeton and Harvard. His first novel, Moth Smoke, was a Betty Trask Award winner, PEN/ Hemingway Award finalist, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His writing has also appeared in "Time, The New York Times, " and other publications. He lives in London.

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PRAISE FOR "THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST""Elegant and chilling . . . his tale [has] an "Arabian Nights"-style urgency: the end of the story may mean the death of the teller."--"The New York Times Book Review""Slender, smart, and subversive."--"Entertainment Weekly""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."--The Seattle Times" "A searing and powerful account of a Pakistani in New York after 9/11."--Mira Nair, director of T"he Namesake"

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SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 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 the elite valuation firm of Underwood Samson. 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 eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love. "The Reluctant Fundamentalist "is a riveting, brilliantly unsettling exploration of the shadowy, unexpected connections between the political and the personal. "Taut and accomplished."--" San Francisco Chronicle""Slender, smart, and subversive."--"Entertainment Weekly"A "NEW YORK TIMES" NOTABLE BOOK MOHSIN HAMID grew up in Lahore, Pakistan, and attended Princeton and Harvard. His first novel, "Moth Smoke, " was a Betty Trask Award winner, a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist, and a "New York Times "Notable Book of the Year. His writing has also appeared in "Time, "the "New York Times, " and other publications. He lives in London. Discussion guide inside and at www.HarcourtBooks.com.Visit www.ReluctantFundamentalist.com.STEP-BACK PAGE: "Elegant and chilling."--"The New York Times Book Review" "[A] resounding success."--"The Village Voice""" "Brilliantly written."--"The Seattle Times""" "Hamid's style is delightfully distinct . . . [He] has done something extraordinary."--"The Washington Post""" "[A] lucid, unsettling novel."--"The New Yorker" "An unsettling novel for unsettling times."--"The San Diego Union-Tribune"

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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 the elite valuation firm of Underwood Samson. 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 eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love. "The Reluctant Fundamentalist "is a riveting, brilliantly unsettling exploration of the shadowy, unexpected connections between the political and the personal.