Saturday, August 23, 2008
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
This book by Mohsin Hamid has a very interesting schema for telling the story. A Princeton educated Pakistani returns to Pakistan, meets an American in Old Anarkari. He says he will be of service as surely the American is searching for the perfect cup of tea. Off they go to the tea house where the story unfolds. I think of this as a serious Pakistani Bob Newhart. Hear one voice, but you know all this is being said or surmised.
We need to read more stories that provide us with some other ways of thinking as this book does. I find it interesting though that Hamid lives in London and not Lahore!
Good, fast read because you cannot put this beautifully written book aside.