Following on from the success of his
2001 novel, Moth Smoke, Hamid spins The
Reluctant Fundamentalist - a stunning cautionary
tale told in just 180 pages. Although technically a
monologue (in that we hear only Changez's voice and
opinion throughout, the book takes the form of a
conversation between Changez and an unknown
American, with the reader left to extrapolate the
American's background, body language and verbal
replies from Changez's responses. This adds greatly
to the tension of the novel and also allows the
reader, for much of the book, to imagine him/herself
on the other side of the table from Changez in an
intimate little cafe somewhere in Lahore.
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