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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
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it was amazing

A wonderful book. The prose style is unusual but after a few chapters I settled into the rhythm as an authentic rendering of the central character's voice (it's in the first person). It's gripping as a coming of age story, a love story and as a political commentary. I would recommend all three strands.
As a coming of age story it chimes very much with my experience (many years ago) of being 22 and bewildered by the world of work and how one is supposed to make this artificial ant-heap a central thread of your life.
As a love story, it tells a sad and enthralling tale of how ordinary (and extraordinary) emotional problems can escalate into mental illness.
As a political commentary (as per the title) it authentically (as far as I can tell) relates how the power structure in the world feeds into the inevitable inequalities of societies to breed resentment and, ultimately, hatred and violence.
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May 29, 2016 – Finished Reading
June 2, 2016 – Shelved

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