The Reluctant Fundamentalist

  • by Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by Satya Bhabha
  • 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with a suspicious, and possibly armed, American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the tale that has brought them to this fateful meeting. Changez is living an immigrant's dream of America. At the top of his class at Princeton, he is snapped up by Underwood Samson, an elite firm that specializes in the valuation of companies ripe for acquisition. He thrives on the energy of New York. But in the wake of September 11, he finds his position in his adopted city suddenly overturned. And Changez's own identity is in seismic shift as well, unearthing allegiances more fundamental than money, power, and perhaps even love.


What the Critics Say

"Bhabha's English-influenced Pakistani accent proves soothing and inviting for listeners." (Publishers Weekly)


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What would have made The Reluctant Fundamentalist better?

I was expecting a consistent and persuasive account of how a Westernized young man can adopt (or rise to) fundamentalism. All I found is Hollywoodian run-of-the-mill storyboard made to become a movie, and thus directly falls target to its own criticism of being driven by capitalist motivations.Half the book is about the protagonist's professional life. Very detailed in the beginning (garduation from Princeton, job interview, etc) but sketchy and precipitated towards the end as the hero embraces fundamentalism. The other half of the book is intertwined with the first one and describes his romantic -- and occasionally erotic -- relation with an American girl. The mixture is not a happy one. I wish some repetitive romantic stretches were replaced by a better explanation of the fundamentalist motives.

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- VKassardjian

Should be required reading for North Americans

The text consists of the words of a Princeton educated Pakistani in conversation with an unidentified westerner at a cafe in Lahore in the course of one evening-- We hear one side of the conversation with the second diner's words reflected by the listener, and with other characters entering through his reflections.

This is a many layered novel/novella that often depends on the listener's assumptions as to what is really going on. It works on its own as a suspense tale, the kind in which the reader suspects the outcome form the start but is constantly teased toward that end. This might be called "The Quiet American" for the war on terror. Don't download this if you are looking for a formula mystery with clear cut good guy/bad guy characters.

Since the novel is "conversation," it works even more cleverly as an audio book. The narration is excellent. The reader is left with the questions: "Who are the fundamentalists?" and "Who are the terrorists?", all without being against the American people.
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- connie "Narrative makes the world go round."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.