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    Reluctant Fundamentalist, (PB) (English, Paperback, Mohsin Hamid)

    Reluctant Fundamentalist, (PB)  (English, Paperback, Mohsin Hamid)

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    Features
    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books India
    • ISBN: 9780143064244, 014306424X
    • Edition: 1, 2008
    • Pages: 225
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    Description

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a deeply engaging novel written by Mohsin Hamid. It takes place in one single evening at a cafe in Lahore, and is set as a monologue by the protagonist describing to an American stranger, his love affair with an American woman, and why he chose to leave America to finally return to his homeland, Pakistan.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist begins with Changez, the protagonist, who is a Princeton graduate in Finance with brilliant grades and a bright future, and got himself a well paying consulting job with Underwood Samson, an elite company that specialized in acquisitions. While vacationing with fellow Princetonians, he meets Erica, an aspiring writer, and is instantly attracted to her. Soon, they embark on an intense and complex relationship.

    Meanwhile, he advances in his professional life and is sent abroad on various assignments by his superiors who are fairly impressed with his performance. Passionate about his work, he loves living in New York city, and is practically living the American dream. However, as the political climate in the world undergoes a change, he finds himself distracted by certain events. After the catastrophic September 11 attacks in America, his privileged existence can never be the same again, as he detects undercurrents of mistrust all around him, and a change in the attitude of the Americans towards him.

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an introspective and thought-provoking novel that vividly captures and explores Changez's struggles to search for his place in a once beloved country of dreams. Aware of the fact that his homeland Pakistan is now viewed with utmost suspicion by the United States, and seeing the gap between the West and the Islamic East further widening, Changez’s own identity is put to test as he finds himself compelled to pursue his thoughts, beliefs, and ideals.

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist has been praised by critics, readers, and media worldwide. Ranked fourth on the New York Times Bestseller List, the novel sold millions of copies. It was nominated for the Booker Prize in 2007, and went on to win multiple awards. A Hollywood movie based on the book and directed by Mira Nair was released in 2012.

    About Mohsin Hamid

    Mohsin Hamid is an acclaimed and award-winning Pakistani writer.

    He has written two other novels, namely, Moth Smoke and How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia.

    His novels are considered contemporary and depictive of modern South Asian fiction. He is known to be experimental in his writing, opting for unconventional styles such as the use of dramatic monologue.

    Mohsin Hamid spent his childhood in the United States, and later returned to Lahore where he studied at the Lahore American School. He went back to pursue his higher education, and graduated from Princeton in 1993. He then attended Harvard Law School studying Corporate Law, and took up a consulting job with McKinsey & Company based in New York. He currently lives in Lahore with his wife and daughter, alternating his time between Lahore, London, and the United States. He regularly writes journalistic pieces on art, literature, and politics for the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.

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    Book Details
    • Imprint
      • Penguin
    • Publication Year
      • 2008 June
    Contributors
    • Authored By
      • Mohsin Hamid
    • Author Info
      • Mohsin Hamid is the author of two acclaimed novels, most recently The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He lives in Lahore.
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    Not quite there, yet at the same time POWERFUL

    b4 anything else, kudos to Mohsin Hamid for attempting a monologue that lasted the whole novel, all 184 pages, and for never letting it go haywire.
    unapologetic, frank, not always inclined at being politically correct, charming, seductively polite, a straight-A Princeton graduate, an Underwood Sampsons employee earning $80,000 and a man who made it his mission, on returning to his homeland in Pakistan, as a profeesor in a university, 'to advocate Pakistan's disengagement with America'. That'...
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    Read only for its prose!

    Hello everyone!

    "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", sounds very intelligent! But the book fails to establish this connection through its story. I found the protagonist extremely confused, he is not sure whether he is reluctant or a fundamentalist. In between, is his love story, contributing nothing to the story that he wants to tell. There are lose remarks made about India and America, he does not substantiate on why he said that. If you have to read, i would suggest you to do so for its fine pr...
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    Ashwini Sridhar

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    Interesting read

    You probably need to be from the sub-continent to identify with some of the keen observations made in the book about how the Americans interpret us. A few of them were more than chuckle worthy. Also I enjoyed reading the 'other sides' perspective in the post 9/11 world as well as Indian parliament attack. The descriptions are vivid. I am tempted to claim that I have been to Lahore as I could smell the bazaar, the people and of course the food. I particularly liked the ending since it was...
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    Anindeeta Mukherjee

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    31 Dec, 2014

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    Ok quick read.

    I found this too be an Ok quick read, the writing style - of writing it as only one person talking was a new experience, initially it felt good...but by the end of it it becomes boring. I feel the movie is better than the book, - keep you interested with different people and scenes.
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    SHON

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    7 Sep, 2014

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    Exquisite prose & marvelous carry through

    This book shows the transition of the author from a banker to a "reluctant" fundamentalist. Conflicts are captured well and the pages just fly by.

    His conflicts seem real, in case you have been a minority anywhere. Although have to admit, it stays on the mind. Story is cliched but gets a good treatment.

    Definitely a sunday afternoon read
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    karan vashisht

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    28 Jan, 2012

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    Quite well written !!

    A do read book. Excellent story telling skills...

    It's amazing to see how one man keeps on talking through the whole story.. Interesting different then other 9/11 novel

    MUST READ
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    Gaurav Ahuja

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    28 Sep, 2014

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    excellent

    First of all thank you so much for delivery. I didn't find any difficulties to order books. My book delivered safely and was in good conditions. The book was interesting and the cool bookmarks. I really enjoyed it.
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    Divya Rai

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    Hated it

    The book and movie have got a fair bit of publicity and I must've been one of the last people to read it. Self-indulgent, unmitigated rubbish. The only good thing- it wasn't long.
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    Indira Sikand

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    28 Jul, 2014

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    great book

    Hi ppl bought this book from flipkart delivery was good and that cool bookmark that they give, now abt the book its a great book keeps u read more grips u with its storyline, had heard about the author in an india today enclave the dept of knowledge and rich literature could be seen in the book. Nyc book
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    Ummer farooq Rawther

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    1 Jul, 2014

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    Not worth your time

    Bought with great curiosity since a hollywood movie was made from this book. Turned out to be a waste of time. Avoid if you can.
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    Ashish Rajput

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