How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
"Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "A globalized version of The Great Gatsby . . . [Hamid's] book is nearly that good." Alan Cheuse, NPR "Marvelous and moving." TIME Magazine From the... show more
"Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "A globalized version of The Great Gatsby . . . [Hamid's] book is nearly that good." Alan Cheuse, NPR "Marvelous and moving." TIME Magazine From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy’s quest for wealth and love . . . His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world’s pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputationand exceeds it. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.
Publish date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages no: 230
Edition language: English
Let's acknowledge right up front that this book is based on a gimmick, a slick writer's gimmick, and that to pull it off it's going to take a bit of work and luck and not a small amount of talent, and even then, it's risky. When I read the opening sentence, "Look, unless you're writing one, a self...
I really love this book. For many reasons. First perhaps is because of the truly original choice of writing it in the second person, instead of the usual first or third. Somehow, I felt it really worked to get me more empathic with the main character.Second is the strong link with Pakistan, a countr...
I wish I could give half stars ratings. I loved the framing of this book, but the story itself paled in comparison. The construction of the story though - glimpses at moments throughout the protagonist's life, was lovely and worked well. I understand why it was written in 2nd person, but I found ...
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is the best book I’ve read this year because it made me think and then it made me cry. For a book with such a coarsely straightforward title, it’s remarkably beautiful; a love story (in a book whose third chapter title instructs: “Don’t Fall in Love”) about the ...
Cleverly & originally written, fast moving, quick read. Don't really have too much else to say--it was well done, I enjoyed it, and I would read him again. I did think that by the time the "pretty girl" was 80+, it might have maybe finally been possible to not refer to her as a "girl," but whatevs.