The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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At a cafe table in Lahore, a Pakistani man begins the tale that has led to his fateful meeting with an uneasy American stranger . . . Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. He thrives on the energy of New York, his work at an elite firm, and his budding relationship. For a time, it seems that nothing will stand in the way of his meteoric rise to success. But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his relationship crumbling and his exalted status overturned. Allegiances are subsequently unearthed, proving themselves more fundamental than money, power and maybe even love.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 142 x 223 x 20mm | 362g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • Hamish Hamilton Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • No pictures
  • 0241143659
  • 9780241143650
  • 310,684

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Prods the intellect, quickens the pulse and captures the imagination * Sunday Times * Gripping... remains taut until the final pages...an elegant and sharp indictment of the clouds of suspicion that now shroud our world * Observer * A quietly told, cleverly constructed fable of infatuation and disenchantment with America, set on the treacherous faultlines of current east/west relations, and finely tuned to the ironies of mutual - but especially American - prejudice and misrepresentation...increasingly tense...genuinely provocative...intelligent, highly engaging * Guardian * Elegant, provocative . . . beautifully measured prose . . . a delicate meditation on the nature of perception and prejudice * Daily Mail * Masterful . . . A multi-layered and thoroughly gripping book, which works as a poignant love story, a powerful dissection of how US imperialist machinations have turned so many people against the world's superpower - and as a thriller that subtly ratchets up the nerve-jangling tension towards an explosive ending * Metro * The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an important book * Evening Standard * A fantastic piece of work, superbly considered and controlled, with a lovely stillness and wisdom at its heart * The Times * Beautifully written -- Philip Pullman Praise for Mohsin Hamid's Moth Smoke:'One of the two or three best novels I have read this year' Nadine Gordimer'A first novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness' Esquire Praise for Mohsin Hamid's Moth Smoke:'One of the two or three best novels I have read this year' Nadine Gordimer'A first novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness' Esquireshow more

About Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid writes regularly for The New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books, and is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Discontent and its Civilisations. Born and mostly raised in Lahore, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York. His next novel, Exit West, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in spring 2017.show more

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