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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
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Aug 08, 2012

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Read from August 08 to 10, 2012

This book is a fast read and very close to a four-star short novel. For what is, essentially a two-hundred page monologue, the narrator Changez's voice is remarkably consistent, the plotting has nice movement and the story is never dull. And Hamid's no slouch with the settings. His jasmine scented plaza cafe in the heart of Lahore's old quarter where the framing conversation takes place is extremely evocative and very well rendered. Thing is: Hamid's a bit heavy handed with his metaphors and I'm not sure that I entirely buy the narrator's progression ( and though there is some suggestion that his version of events might not be entirely accurate, I'm not at all sure that this is what we were supposed to take out of it). There's a really outstanding, risky novel here, but it never quite congealed for me.
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