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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
  

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It has been six years since The Reluctant Fundamentalist and this is well worth the wait. It is an ambitious and very successful attempt to take us into a world most of us know little about. There are many books about the Indian sub-continent but this is streets ahead of most. We follow the story of a poor village boy who becomes “filthy rich”. Each chapter is presented like a self-help book but that is just a starting point. Each episode is a richly described section of the life of the protagonist. Along the way there is a family tragedy, some love interest, violence, corruption and dirty dealings, as a whole it is totally absorbing, a powerful depiction of the reality of one person’s life. Highly recommended.

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Synopsis

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a bold new novel for the modern world. This book is a self-help book. Its objective, as it says on the cover, is to show you how to get filthy rich in rising Asia. And to do that it has to find you, huddled, shivering, on the packed earth under your mother's cot one cold, dewy morning. Your anguish is the anguish of a boy whose chocolate has been thrown away, whose remote controls are out of batteries, whose scooter is busted, whose new sneakers have been stolen. This is all the more remarkable since you've never in your life seen any of these things...

Reviews

Dazzling, addictive, tremendous. A writer at the height of his powers with a hell of a story to tell Guardian Beautifully conceived and exquisitely executed - Sunday Times

The new voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game Metro No story could be more of our time than this one. Conceptually brilliant and truly empathic -- Nell Freudenberger Metro

An ultra-intelligent and knowing account of life in the developing world. Simply brilliant - Daily Mail

About the Author

Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid grew up in Lahore, attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School and worked for several years as a management consultant in New York. His first novel, Moth Smoke, was published in ten languages, won a Betty Trask Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. His essays and journalism have appeared in Time, the New York Times and the Guardian, among others. Mohsin Hamid currently lives, works and writes in London.

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Book Info

Publication date

6th February 2014

Author

Mohsin Hamid

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www.mohsinhamid.com/

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Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780241144671

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