"There was a moment when anything was possible. And there will be a moment when nothing is possible. But in between we can create." It is this grand arc one between life and death that the talented Mohsin Hamid traverses in his compelling new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. The unnamed narrator, simply written as the second person "you," knows he has to "create" a family, a business, a life a life that moves him far beyond the restrictive confines of his poor village childhood.
Now is indeed a time of meteoric growth in "rising" Asia. The 2013 Human Development report from the UN Development Program sheds light on the recent, rapid expansion of the middle class in the developing world. Over the next two decades, the report predicts, growth in the so-called "Global South" will cause significant shifts in economic and political power away from ...
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