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Heard good buzz but left rather disappointed
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.