Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Welcome to 3rd quarter OR. Here we will be discussing the Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid. What follows is a brief summary of the book.

"Hamid grabs hold of the American Dream as seen through the eyes of a young Princeton grad from Pakistan in a post-9/11 world. As the protagonist, Changez, finds moderate business success and romantic love in New York City, his heritage and identity will be lost in a sea of subtle and blatant bigotry as well as international politics. In relating this journey from loving to loathing of all things American, Changez speaks to a nameless and speechless American whom he encounters in the marketplace of his home city, Lahore, Pakistan. Bhabha's English-influenced Pakistani accent proves soothing and inviting for listeners. His gentle demeanor captures the courteous and polite manner of Changez. His American accent comes in the form of a Midwestern accent with a confident-almost arrogant-lilt. He lapses when it comes to vocalizing women. Though lighter, his voice exudes a stoic resonance instead of a feminine one. But the casual tone of Changez telling his life story translates perfectly with the help of Bhabha's velvet voice." Courtesy of:


  1. 1. I want to read The Reluctant Fundamentalist because I've read books about the Pakistani culture already and I have always been partial to them. Also, it will be interesting to see how the main character continues to succeed (or not) in the New York culture after 9-11.

    2. I've already gotten this book from Barnes and Noble

  2. 1. I am choosing to read The Reluctant Fundamentalist because I know absolutely nothing about the topic it is based on, and it sounds intriguing to me.
    2. I am planning a shopping trip to a book store tomorrow.

  3. 1. The Reluctant Fundamentalist seems really interesting because it takes a subject that not many people would understand. Also, I like love stories, I don't think you can go wrong.
    2. I already got it from half price books.
    Margaret Lobeck
    Hour 5