Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid

A time pass read. Begins rather promisingly, but then sort of meanders into nothingness.

A young princeton educated pakistani comes to terms with his high profile fin work in the us, in the times of the attack on the wtc and the indian parliament.

On the plus side, its not given to high drama, which I'd sort of feared. It does go about exploring the contradictions inherent in the human nature. The reluctance fighting against the fundamentalism, or is it the other way around?

Its even more visible, since in my reading, from an Indian perspective, I can see the contradictions in the complaints against the contradictions of the US. Wheels within wheels so to speak. Oh what a convoluted web we weave when first we practice to deceive !

But overall, falls short of anything extraordinary, and remains at the somewhat ordinary.

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