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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
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Apr 09, 08

bookshelves: book-club
Read in April, 2008

This is one of the Barnes & Noble picks, so our book club decided to try it out. I think we were all surprised when we got the book from the library and it was pretty thin. It was a fast read too, which was nice and unexpected. Some parts I thought were a bit...unbelievable, or maybe the better word for it is just annoying or silly? (I wasn't okay with the character Erica and the main character's relationship with her), and I thought the author could have spent more time building the main character to show how his feelings changed for America. His big change of heart when he just quits work b/c he realizes he's like a modern day janissary...eh, I thought it was a bit weak. But I did like the pace of the book, and the honesty of it. The character's feelings about 9/11 were, wow, something I've never read before, even though I know some people must feel that way, so I appreciated the author putting that in, being honest. I also liked the ending. It's pretty open in how you can interpret it, but I think if you're reading the book a certain way the whole time, you know what happens....
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