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Now a major motion picture
Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A New York Times bestseller
A Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
A New York Times Notable Book

"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
"Brief, charming, and quietly furious . . . a resounding success."--Village Voice

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 191 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 226.8g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156034026
  • 9780156034029
  • 68,642

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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. "
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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 The Namesake 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"" 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" 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" PRAISE FOR "THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST"Â Elegant and chilling . . . his tale [has] an "Arabian Nights"Â style urgency: the end of the story may mean the death of the teller."Â "The New York Times Book Review"Â Slender, smart, and subversive."Â "Entertainment Weekly"Â 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."Â The Seattle Times" Â A searing and powerful account of a Pakistani in New York after 9/11."Â Mira Nair, director of T"he Namesake" 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" A "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER "[An] elegant and chilling little novel. . . . Hamid's novel . . . is distinguished by its portrayal of Changez's class aspirations and inner struggle. . . . [With] an "Arabian Nights"-style urgency . . . . The fundamentalist, and potential assassin, may be sitting on either side of the table." --"The New York Times ""[A] taut and absolutely absorbing second novel. . . . The Reluctant Fundamentalist is at least as much about the apparent unease felt by the listener -- and reader -- in hearing the story, as it is about the growing sense of cultural displacement described by Changez. . . . Hamid . . . makes it impossible for the reader to know for certain what danger actually lurks or whether the reader's perceived sense of dread and underlying malice is nothing more than the product of an overactive, media-fed imagination." --"Toronto Star" "In his beautifully accomplished little volume, Hamid . . . succeeds at illustrating not only that Changez changes, but that much else changes too, following 9/11. . . . Hamid is sophisticated with symbols, and the relationship between Changez and Erica is especially affecting, in great part because of what it says about missed opportunities, misunderstanding and the growing rift between Judeo-Christian West and Muslim Middle East." --"The Globe and Mail" "An intelligent and absorbing9/11 novel." --"Publishers Weekly""A quietly told, cleverly constructed fable of infatuation and disenchantment with America. . . . It fosters the kind of concentratedly astute cultural observation at which Hamid excels. . . . An intelligent, highly engaging piece of work."- "Guardian" "Beautifully written and superbly constructed. It is more exciting than any thriller I've read for a long time, as well as being a subtle and elegant analysis of the state of our world today." -- Philip Pullman"A brilliant book. With spooky restraint and masterful control, Hamid unpicks the underpinnings of the most recent episode of distrust between East and West. The narrative is balanced by a love as powerful as the sinister forces gathering, even when it recedes into a phantom of hope." -- Kiran Desai"A superb cautionary tale, and a grim reminder of the continuing cost of ethnic profiling, miscommunication and confrontation." --"Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)"This novel's firm, steady, even beautiful voice proclaims the completeness of the soul when personal and global issues are conjoined." --"Booklist" (starred review)"The novel succeeds in wrapping an exploration of the straining relationship between East and West in a gripping yarn, which remains tout until the final pages. . . . In the wake of 9/11, the international political landscape has become warped through mutual distrust and political hyperbole.The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an elegant and sharp indictment of the colds of suspicion that now shroud our world." --"Observer" "From the Hardcover edition." Praise for "Moth Smoke": " [A] brisk, absorbing novel . . . Hamid steers us from start to finish with assurance and care." -- Jhumpa Lahiri, "The New York Times Book Review" " Thoroughly enjoyable and tautly constructed. . . . Moth Smoke is a steamy . . . and often darkly amusing book about sex, drugs, and class warfare in postcolonial Asia." -- The Village Voice " It' s Hamid' s achievement that we remain charmed . . . throughout; the fast-paced, intelligent narration pulls us, despite ourselves, into his spiraling wake." -- "The New Yorker" "From the Hardcover edition."
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About Mohsin Hamid

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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SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZEAt 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 BOOKMOHSIN 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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