16/04: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I was just browsing info for various books and came across this book by Mohsin Hamid on Amazon. It has topped the best seller list on Barnes & Noble. What particularly got my attention was the mention of Lahore's Anarkali market. I went on the hunt for reviews and critiques and found glowing reviews for it by readers, blogs and magazines. It is a short book at 192 pages and can easily be read in one sitting. It is, now, one of those books which are on my "must get" list.

Reluctant Fundamentalist

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

About the author

Mohsin Hamid grew up in Lahore, attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School and worked for several years as a management consultant in New York. His first novel, Moth Smoke, was published in ten languages and was a winner of a Betty Trask award, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His essays and journalism have appeared in Time, The New York Times and The Guardian, among others. Mohsin Hamid currently lives, works and writes in London.

Here are a couple of links for those interested in reading interviews and reviews for this book:

Review from Blogcritics - Melita Teale
Review from Blogcritics - Regis Schilken
Interview by New York Times
Review from Metro
Review from The Observer
Review from The Independent
Review from The Village Voice
Interview by EGO Magazine
Reviews on Mohsin Hamid's website
The Reluctant Fundamentalist website
The Reluctant Fundamentalist on Amazon
Reader reviews on Amazon
The Reluctant Fundamentalist on Barnes & Noble

Edit (28-04-2007):

I bought the book last week from Saeed Book Bank. It has been published in Pakistan by Oxford University Press and is available for PKR195 which equates to about US$3.25. It is pretty cheap so I request people reading this article from Pakistan to get a copy (it's cheap!) and read it.

About the book, it exceeded my expectations. Many times since 9/11, I have tried to put my feelings and concerns to words but have failed each time. Mohsin Hamid captured my own thoughts on various issues and outlined the conflicts of identity crisis which I have often wondered about. I believe this book also gives good insight into the reasons for dislike of America. Many Americans wonder why the world dislikes them so much despite the good things they do. This book can be a good start to finding an answer to this particular question.

Kudos to Mohsin Hamid for writing this book. I consider it money well spent.
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Comments made

Short book a little hard to read . you actually haveto be in a mood to read this book.
but really good.
still trying to finish this
16/04 10:50:56
I've got Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid. I even started reading it, but ... well, I didn't find it that interesting. Moreover, I didn't find time to continue it
19/04 10:17:59

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