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His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world's pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation - and exceeds it. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over "rising Asia". It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.
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By Ynomrah on 09-15-13
Beautiful writing and clever conceits
Would you listen to How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia again? Why?
This is an amazing book from an incredible writer. Beautiful imagery. Hamid captures in a subtle reference what other writers spend pages trying to say. I loved this book.
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By Brad Mills on 04-28-17
The title is misleading, I loved this quick read.
I loved this book, which has a sensationalist misleading title. You'd think it was a business book. Really, it's a well crafted "first person" fiction book.
It's the human story of a boy starting in a slum in India, struggling with the challenges of achievement, love, conflict and death.
The author writes the book as if you are the lead character, giving it a very unique quality that I've never experienced in a book before.
This book evoked an emotional response from me on more than one occasion, by the end I was tearing up...not out of sadness though.
It made me laugh out loud a few times.
Highly recommend it. You can finish it in a weekend.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful