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This review is from: The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Paperback)
The reluctant fundamentalist is quite simply the best book I have read for many years. Well worthy of five stars. It tells the story of a young Pakistani man who has a very successful career in the US, with an American girlfriend. Apparently nothing can impede his rise to the top. Then comes the attack on the world trade centre and the Pentagon. This leaves him with an inner conflict between his American career and girlfriend on the one hand and his Pakistani roots on the other. When his girlfriend ends the relationship he becomes steadily more disillusioned with the United States and gives up his well paid job, returning home to Pakistan. I won't spoil the ending by revealing it here but it is as good as the book itself.
The book is written as one side of a conversation between the main character and an American man in a Lahore cafe. This works well. The narrative develops as the story unfolds, with the signs of the ending gradually emerging.
In many ways this is an extraordinary book, utterly convincing and entertaining. It was nominated for the 2007 Booker prize. I would heartily recommend it.