Sunday, March 15, 2009
Literary Element and Figurative Language
I think Mohsin Hamid is an excellent writer! He does a great job of keeping with Changez’s personal bias throughout the book but also incorporating other characters’ emotions and personalities. Changez may be the main character and the book may be based on the telling of his experiences in America, but because of his ability to describe little details, other characters are established who seem just as important and just as real as him. For example, even though the American never talks, the reader is still able to feel his emotions change as he sits with Changez in the café in Lahore. Without the describing of the American, the reader would be missing out on a whole different perspective of Changez’s story. The mysterious American could be considered the “American” perspective and without this perspective Changez’s story wouldn’t seem as real. What I also like about Hamid’s writing style, is its easy diction. I think he made the decision to keep his language somewhat easy to comprehend so that the large amount of themes and lessons described in the book would not be missed. It is hard not to see the many ideas Hamid is trying to express through Changez’s story. Whether its nationalism, racism, love or the desire for wealth and power, all of these themes seem to jump out at you as you are reading of Changez’s experiences. So far, Hamid’s writing style has kept me reading, interested to find out what will happen next!