BOOK GROUP REPORT (12/26/2012)

Bev G, a blog reader and leader of my island book group sent  this review of THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST by Mohsin Hamid. Her Hartford group thought it was a wonderful choice for discussion...short, penetrating and challenging.

JB, a member of the Hartford group wrote the following:

"A book that pivots on a smile" is how one critic describes "The Reluctant

Fundamentalist." The smile chills us and surprises the smiler himself, a

Pakistani now living the American dream. The moment is the destruction

of the World Trade Center Towers. His suppressed but subtly expressed

resentment of American arrogance percolates to the surface and the

pull of his homeland ultimately proves overpowering. The book, a dialogue

between east and west, is a plea for more empathy and understanding

on both sides. The deliberately abrupt and ambiguous ending compels

the reader to confront his or her own perceptions and judgements.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist was made into a film directed by Mira Nair and debuted at the Venice International Film Festival in August 2012. It starred Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and Kiefer Sutherland.

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