Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

I am not going to give you a plot summary of The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid. Read the book before reading reviews or visiting with others who have read it since knowing too much would spoil the story for you. Before picking up the book, set aside 2 to 3 hours because once started you will not be able to put it down. This slim novel of 184 pages is too rich and intense to be much longer. I read the book and could not put it down. My family gathered for ‘family night video’. It took all of my adult maturity to put the book aside for the duration of the movie.

The narrator is a 25 year old Pakistani names Changez who is telling his story to an unnamed nervous American as they eat at a cafe in Lahore.
Changez is a Princeton graduate and recipient of financial aid. Immediately out of college he accepted a job at the high-powered financial firm of Underwood and Samson. He worked tirelessly, always achieving more than his American co-workers. Chargez also fell in love with the beautiful but terribly sad American, Erica.

Chargez was in Manila on September 11th when his view of the world changed forever.

Chargez’s dramatic monologue will affect you in many different ways that you will not soon forget.

Mohsin Hamid took 7 years to complete this masterpiece. He started writing before 9/11 and had 1,000 pages that he expertly reduced to the beauty of The Reluctant Fundamentalist. This treasure is such a treat as I tire of the shelves and shelves of books written by authors who spill 1 to 2 books out per year. They end up saying drivel about nothing in particular.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist would be a book club’s dream come true to discuss. Enjoy!

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