Thursday, March 26, 2009
In summation, I really didn't like this book. To start off, there are a lot of good positive things. The way the characters are presented is one-sided, but also pretty clever. It's hard to tell a story from only dialogue, especially only one person's dialogue, but he does it sucessfully and we are still able to learn more about the other characters. Hamid also does a wonderful job of presenting a different point of view, but not making it feel so completely foreign. We are able to relate to Changez's Americanization, because let's face it, we have all become commercial and disrespectful. Which is what Changez was on his way to becoming! But despite all of these wonderful assets, I still get the feeling that if I ever met Changez I would want to punch him in the face. It has nothing to do with his reaction to 9/11. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I emphathize with him, but it's understandable. Sometimes countries need to be brought down as much as people do, but in no way am I condoning terrorist action. I do agree that the US should focus on fixing itself before fixing other countries. Now people can had hypocrite to the other list of names they label America with. But back to the book. The reason I dislike Changez is snobiness. He's not even someone who admits to his rude behavior, its like this backdoor way of thinking where he never says or does anything that could outright offend you. It's all undercover. For me that just ends the book. If I can't like the main character, what's the point in reading it?