Once again the West Hartford Book Group has read a controversial novel titled How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Moshin Hamid.
This is an unusual book that parodies business self-help books as it follows a young man in an unnamed Asian metropolis. Written in the second person, the book describes a rag to riches climb in business and social status. (And lots of other stuff along the way)
The reviews have been intriguing although some readers found the writing style "off-putting." Below are comments from Janet, a member of the West Hartford Book Group.
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Moshim Hamid
What can we say about an author who declares that he's writing a self-help book and then warns the reader to be wary of such books?
Or who, under the guise of instructing someone (the nameless "you") in the art of getting filthy rich, slyly and contemptuously reveals the endemic corruption, poverty and misery in the unnamed city that we're in? Or who ultimately and unexpectedly gets sentimental and provides a (sort of) happy ending?
Well, he's Moshin Hamid who beguiled us with "The Reluctant Fundamentalist". Here, he uses his prodigious talents to bring attention to the seismic changes transforming modern Asia while prodding us to think about the personal cost of getting filthy rich in such an environment.
Bev G., another member of the group didn't say if it was well received, but judging from the many reviews I've read, it sounds like a thought provoking romp in an original format. I've added it to my much too long To Be Read list.
|MOSHHIM HAMID WON THE BOOKER PRIZE FOR THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST|
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