The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Book - 2007 | First edition
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At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting ... Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the "valuation" of companies ripe for acquisition.. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love.
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2007
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAM
Characteristics: 184 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780151013043


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Told from a reflective point of view, Changez tells his story to an American stranger in a Lahore café. The tale begins of his success in life and love in New York, until everything changes in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

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Jul 04, 2019

Written in an elegant style, this is also an intriguing read. I didn't want it to end. The ending incidentally, is both predictable and a mystery. This is great fiction as well as a window for the reader to view and perhaps understand the frustration and pain of one whose sense of adaptation and belonging is only illusory.

Apr 19, 2019

It's a story about an egoist who has trouble accepting his own faults and blames his problems on everyone else. A mindless read with no climax - a real letdown. The author can write a sentence, but the story could use some work. Shallow arguments do not carry weight.

Jan 11, 2019

A great fast read with a fabulous plot, although the two main characters never leave the Lahore restaurant table where they're conversing, except for the last few pages where they walk towards a hotel. The narrator, very, very finely drawn, tells the entire story to his companion, repeating and commenting sometimes on what his companion has said, but all the words are his own. It is his life story he tells. You will be mesmerized! I can say no more without giving something away.

ontherideau May 25, 2018

Read this short novel to gain a different perspective of 911.

LPL_MeredithW Aug 30, 2017

If there's such a thing as an edge-of-your-seat elegy, that's what this book is. Beautifully written, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" would make a good read-a-like for "The Remains of the Day."

Mar 18, 2017

Americans should read this book with the hope that they would begin to understand why most of the world distrusts them. This is a trim, well-written, and marvelous book.

Feb 14, 2017

Loved it. Very thought provoking.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Changez, a young Pakistani, happens upon an American in Lahore, invites him to tea and tells him the story of his life in the months before and after the 9/11 attacks. That monologue is the substance of this elegant and chilling little novel.

Dec 06, 2014

It shows the mechanism of radicalization, when you belong to the wrong, race, ethnic group or religion; from pain of not fitting in to anger at those who refuse to see more to people than the racial profile; smart, provocative and offers lot of food for thought.

May 31, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing. The layers of hidden meanings of what the author means by "Fundamentalist", sets one to pondering.

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Jul 11, 2014

"... she was utterly detached, lost in a world of her own. Her eyes were turned inward, and remarks made by her companions would register only indirectly on her face, like the shadows of clouds gliding across the surface of a lake." (p. 86)


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