Two chapters in to "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia," I thought this was another excellent book by Mohsin Hamid, who has fast become my favorite current author. Three chapters in, I got actual goosebumps, and by the last page, I was openly weeping. This may supplant "Exit West" as my favorite of Hamid's works - read it now.
"Look, unless you're writing one, a self-help book is an oxymoron. You read a self-help book so someone who isn't yourself, that someone being the author."
This is the third novel from the Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. I've liked everything I've read by him, but I prefer his latest "Exit West" and his earlier book "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." It's safe to say that Hamid's books are not on any White House reading lists. Because, you know, he's not American and, also, books.
Nuanced storytelling, rich with insights.
This book is entertaining, thoughtful, engaging, and at the end pushes reader into a self-reflection. Also, it paints an interesting picture of urban growth and changing demographics in Asia/Pakistan. I am not in love with this book, but it is solid and amusing enough to pique my interest in Hamid's other works.
I agree with all the positive comments here. It is a well-crafted book with a very poignant, but timeless message. Written as a 'self-help' book, the self-help message is revealed in the end. You won't be disappointed.
Remarkable and moving book. I was only somewhat entertained as I began to read it, but by the end of this short book, I was going 'wow' and was blown away.
Only after I finished reading it did I realize that the characters don't have names -- and that the chronology was not as realistic as it seemed while I was reading it. It all seemed natural and unnoticeable as I read it, but the book is a tour de force, and what is better a humanistic tour de force with much to say about human life.
This is one of the best books I've read in years. This small novel is incredibly rich and layered, the author making eloquent observations about the issues of globalisation and relationships with such economy of words. Very moving and superbly written.
Clever and beautiful. Some books you finish, close and say "wow". This was one of those books for me.
The self-help format could easily feel like a silly gimmick, but the writing is quite beautiful and the format actually does help push the plot along.
One of the most interestingly styled books I've ever read. Truly enjoyable, written simply and beautifully.
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