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on 8 April 2017
He graduates cum laude from Princeton University an is immediately offered employment by a specialist company of business valuation experts. He falls in love with an enigmatic young woman who is posessed by her deceased boy friend. He loses his mind and his direction in worry over this girl an loses his job. Returning to his native Lahore he recounts his experiences and denigrates the Americans for their national trait in imposing American beliefs and logics on other nations.
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on 13 July 2017
I was expecting a sympathetic novel about the radicalisation of an Islamic man in America, one that might make us all think more deeply about what it means to be a citizen of the West. Instead this reads as a clumsy anti-American/West screed: with the elitism of Princeton, the sinister brutality of the banking class, the messed-up abortive love affair with a woman who ends up in a mental institution, and the repeated equivalence between Western military action and the targeted killing of civilians. Some might find the style a bit off-putting too. The entire book is in the form of a monologue between Changez and a nonspeaking American, who meet one evening in Lahore.
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on 19 September 2011
I read this on the recommendation of a friend whose Book Club read it, and found it useful as an insight, though a less than easy read. The author has chosen to address the reader as if they were a companion. This makes for a very personal viewpoint, the other characters only seen through the eyes of the narrator, Changez. However, the stifling feeling this engendered as I read was perfect to convey the main characer's problematical world and life. Changez is a bright young Pakistani who after his American top-college education is taken on by a top company, and finds himself adapting rapidly to the Western capitalist values and lifestyle. However it's also true that this feels like a shadowy world,a world he can't totally enter, and the non-relationship with his white-American girlfriend mirrors this - all she can think about is her teenage sweetheart, who died as a student. Changez becomes obsessed with her: she disappears, first to a mental institution and then completely, having probably taken her own life in a miasma of despair.

A book to make you think - about capitalism, about what we count success, and about Western 21st century ways.
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on 22 March 2017
Timely,sharp writing.Creates a sympathetic portrait of a man forced to reassess his loyalties.
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on 12 August 2017
Very thought-provoking and prescient considering it was written ten years ago.
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on 31 May 2017
Compelling, vivid read that I couldn't put down
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on 30 August 2017
What a book! What a writer!
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on 28 August 2017
The story is told by the unreliable narrator and you are kept guessing. You want to be kept guessing because the tension is remarkably sustained.
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on 3 April 2017
Clunky and obvious.

Would not recommend.
Very interesting story but written in a way which denies the reader the opportunity to empathize with any of the characters.
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on 22 September 2017
Interesting way to write a book - a story told in a cafe with flashbacks to his past life.Didn't warm to him though - strange end!!
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