Sunday, March 15, 2009
Language of the Fundamentalist
At the end of chapter five, the last sentence says..."Your ears must be exhausted; the time has come to employ your tongue--for taste, if nothing more, although I hope you can be persuaded to speak!" (page 76). I think this is such typical language of Mohsin Hamid. His language is deep, thoughtful, and sophisticated with so much to think about it. I love how he personifies the ears, it's a wonderful way to incorporate figurative language with the real idea that you're tired of hearing someone talk. Also, I like how this quote incorporates how not only should one speak, but listen as well. How your tongue can be used to speak, but still if you cannot speak, just to taste. It's almost like observing if you can't really put forth something in a discussion. In previous posts, I have talked about how Hamid has the easy ability to show instead of just telling. This quote is a perfect example. He makes each word seem important even if it's just "it" or "must."