The Reluctant Fundamentalist
At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting . . .Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up... show more
At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting . . .Changez is living an immigrant’s dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by the elite "valuation" firm of Underwood Samson. He thrives on the energy of New York, and his infatuation with elegant, beautiful Erica promises entry into Manhattan society at the same exalted level once occupied by his own family back in Lahore.But in the wake of September 11, Changez finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned, and his budding relationship with Erica eclipsed by the reawakened ghosts of her past. And Changez’s own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and maybe even love.
Publish date: April 3rd 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 200
Edition language: English
The titular fundamentalist in this novel is not only reluctant, but also less than convincing. The back cover of my copy described that Changez, the Pakistani main character, "embraced the Western dream — and a Western woman — and... both betrayed him". But I had to scan through the book again to as...
21/10 - I really enjoyed this book. It was less than 200 pages but there was a surprising amount of plot in those pages. I enjoyed the way it was written with the narrator speaking to a third party that we only get a brief description of and never hear from directly. We guess at what he's saying fro...
I liked this book because of the perspective it offers - more on the United States than Pakistan; it is pretty generic, but, I believe, is a must-read for any hopeful immigrant student in the U.S. The story itself is simple and understated in a good way, but I feel the narrative situation in the boo...
What an amazing, short story this was. First, let me comment on the way of writing: the perspective of a 200-page monologue, or rather one-sided dialogue was entirely new to me. It worked, however. It really did, and is perhaps the best suited way to narrate this story about love, confusion and beli...
A beautifully written book with exquisite prose. It is written in the first person narrative, which is quite unusual, and draws you in.It is an unusual story that is immediately compelling, and whilst some people won't like the ending, i did.