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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Karthik
HPB Staff

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

by Hamid, Mohsin
Taut tale of two men who meet in a caf in Lahore.

Though this book is a few years old, I believe it's a book all Americans should read. It takes on an incredible socio-cultural approach with a simple conceit and delivers big time. The Reluctant Fundamentalist has been made into a motion picture by Mira Nair, but I am not sure that conveys in the same way that this taut narrative does. The book moves incredibly quickly - I finished it in one sitting of about three hours - as a result of the form; first person narrative. But the narrative takes on increasingly tense turns as it evolves. Think the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner - an unwitting wedding guest sits down and trapped, a captive audience, he is subjected to the narrator's intense tale. In this case an American, a foreigner in Pakistan, sits at a table in a caf in Lahore where he is met by a local who relates an amazing amount of experience in the United States. He slowly gets him engaged and keeps him at the caf with his story. This local speaks with an American accent and knows American culture too intimately to be lying about having lived in New York and having attended university in the Ivy League. And so the American visitor gets roped in. But where it goes will definitely surprise you. Initially I thought this was a simpleton's tale of woe, but as the story progresses one begins to fathom what is really going on and it tumbles, just tumbles to its exciting conclusion. Liked this one a lot and wish I had read it when it came out. Recommended.

 
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  • Condition: Used - Good
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB U City
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • ISBN-13: 9780156034029
  • ISBN: 0156034026
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Edition: Reprint
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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