Is really nice I mean I saw the ending coming Star Light, Star Bright (Sedikhan, from a thousand miles yonder but that can be satisfying sometimes right Life doesn t only have to consist of wrong turns and cliffhangers yeah Sometimes you just need the catharsis of a Six Feet Underinale Basically I probably will read something else by this guy because most likely all my complaints will be non issues while the praise worthy elements ideally remain present That is unless every book he writes is a pretend self help book which is an insane thought that I m assuming has no basis in realityIn case you re wondering why I even picked this up in the Sacrifício (Alera, first place if I m crabbing on its basic structure let me clarify I read thisor a Royal Crush (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, first time ever in real life book club and being that Iound a The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty few pretty paramount elements of its intrinsic design to be bothersome I was not lookingorward to self identifying as the prickly one right Wildcat (Mavericks Tackle Love, from the start Fortunately and not the discussion uickly devolved to a wine slugginglurry of mixed conversations about matters both book and non between readers of the book and nots and sortas almost like Sylvester McMonkey McBean had plowed through starring and unstarring all the bellies to pure chaos so much so that I eventually Amanhã na Batalha Pensa em Mim found myself sitting outside in the dark talking to a grade school bully about I dunno child rearing or some shit She had not read the book and I know zero about children Bizarre and blurry though the events may have been I lookorward to the next read and I m glad I had this strange little reason to read this strange little book Please let me reiterate that the writing was uite excellent the content sprawling and intriguing the cultural elements engaging etc I cared This is the nicey nicest kind of 3 stars and may even wake up one morning and A Dance of Sisters find itself a big ole 4 Just not this particular morning because I meeling like Jerks Mcghee the aforementioned wine being unrelated By which I mean directly related How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is the best book I ve read this year because it made me think and then it made me cry For a book with such a coarsely straightforward title it s remarkably beautiful a love story in a book whose third chapter title instructs Don t Fall in Love about the power of connections between people That sounds rather trite non Yet this book made it seem like the most novel idea in the world Mohsin Hamid chooses to write his simple story under the guise of a self help book We readers are addressed as you but you is also the main character an Asian male we Judge (Breeding, followrom birth to death as he becomes Boating for Beginners filthy rich It s an inventive method of narration that will likelyail Chinese Whispers for many people but Iound it inspired in the way it both separates and unites the reader and protagonist As both the protagonist and an outsider we can observe the protagonist s Wheres Mummy Mouse? failures with the detachment of someone who knows better all the while suffering and occasionally rejoicing alongside him We are complicit in his choices and thus after reading weeel compelled to evaluate our own choices In tone it reminded me of Kazuo Ishiguro s masterpiece The Remains of the Day Both novels Get Over Your Damn Self feature men who devote their lives to an occupation and realize too late the unworthiness of their chosen lives Hamid s writing is lessormal though no less moving It s clever Is getting ilthy rich still your goal above all goals your be all and end all the mist shrouded high altitude spawning pond to your inner salmon And beautiful He whispers a benediction and breathes it into the air spreading his hopes or you with a contraction of the lungs He uses lots of appositives to pack complex asides
into otherwise short and simple sentences It s masterful simply some of the best writing I ve ever read Hamid also otherwise short and simple sentences It s masterful simply some of the best writing I ve ever read Hamid also the most ascinating things to say about the relationship between a writer and a reader and the importance of writing and reading to our lives Do you read this and nod so deeply your skull grazes the nape of your neck When you read a book what you see are black suiggles on pulped wood or increasingly dark pixels on a pale screen To transform these icons into characters and events you must imagine And when you imagine you create It s in being read that a book becomes a book and in each of a million different readings a book becomes one of a million different books just as an egg becomes one of potentially a million different people when it s approached by a
swimming and school of sperm I do He just gets it He profoundly understands the importance of stories to our every day lives We are all refugees rom our childhoods And so we turn among other things to stories To write a story to read a story is to be a refugee Heres to the Ladies from the state of refugees Writers and readers seek a solution to the problem that time passes that those who have gone are gone and those who will go which is to say every one of us will go For there was a moment when anything was possible And there will be a moment when nothing is possible But in between we can create He accomplishes so much in soew pages poking the most thoughtful parts of my brain and pushing me to change the way I approach life Before reading How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia I would see all the people around me and Saying Yes to the Millionaire feel crushed that their stories will never be told that upon death their stories will dissipate into the air like the morning dew risingrom their graves Mohsin Hamid reminded me that everyone has a story that should be remembered He made me want to travel the world with a butterfly net collecting stories so that peoples lives peoples immense and tragic and brilliant lives do not die with them He made me realize that empathy is not only the The Majors Guarded Heart / The Highlanders Dangerous Temptation / Paying the Vikings Price fruitful conseuence of good literature but also the motor of the human spirit when you read a book what you see are black suiggles on pulped wood or increasingly dark pixels on a pale screen To transform these icons into characters and events you must imagine And when you imagine you create It s in being read that a book becomes a book Oneeels a part of this story the way Mohsin Hamid tells it There is an immediacy and directness to his second person narrativ. Y the Sons of the Devil, Vol. 2 forces that careen theirates 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 hopes it depicts And it creates two unforgettable characters who ind moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering chan. Tire novel is told in the second person with a narrator telling the you or the novel s protagonist how to achieve such wealth The problem is that the irst 300 words or so of each chapter are completely different in tone Roped in from the rest of each chapter There are desperately atonal moments like in sentences like Its typical mode of transmission isecal oral Yum The Yum has literally driven me to distraction or about twenty hours It doesn t work and it absolutely weakens the prose around it Throughout the book there are these missteps that really pull the reader away rom otherwise excellent writing The self help vaguely satirical prose at the beginning of each chapter is too Secrets of the Tycoons Bride (The Garrisons, forced and it just doesn t work I really want to ask Hamid why thisrame Because it s too heavy handed What he s trying to convey through these sections is deftly conveyed through the rest of each chapter This novel would be 5 stars if that strained narrative Samanthas Gift frame disappearedThe thing about great books though is that they allowor Friscos Kid (Tall, Dark Dangerous flaws so while this problematic narrativerame is significant the merits of the book absolutely compensate Courting Miss Adelaide (Noblesville, Indiana, for the weaknesses The novel is sweeping telling a man s entire liferom poverty in his rural village to the sprawling city slums to achieving staggering wealth This is a novel about where you come rom and how your roots never really leave you and how life is very often a very cyclical thing The sense of place throughout How to Get Filthy is richly drawn with the smells and sights and the din of an overcrowded rising Asia city This is also a book As soon as I started this book I knew I was going to hate it The second person was constantly grating the self help introductions to each chapter lippant and vaguely insulting What shoddy gimmicks Not to mention I d seen this story before Kid grows up in a poor village pulls himself out of the gutter A Colton Target falls in love ends up with all the trophies That s a staple storyline I d read ten times since last Tuesday But alas I was trapped on an airplane the book was short and I couldn t seem to sleepLuckily the story movedast and the spare prose was admirably consistent and readable The bizarre second person became comfortable the self help paragraphs still kitschy but less jarring I just couldn t escape the Love Isnt Enough feeling that it was going nowhere If nothing else I told myself I had one book against the reading challenge The tears caught me by surprise It s hard to start crying on an airplane with so many people so close People invading personal bubbles playing Monster Truck Rally on their tablets coughing sneezing snoring Yet here I was probably the only one on the plane toit in the category sobbing What had just happenedBy the last page there s no uestion Hamid is a master and manipulated the novel s structure to leave you utterly vulnerable disarmed The gimmicks I had dismissed were my own undoing and the variety of emotions that poured down during the Prodigal Prince Charming final chapters brought out memories andeelings I was unprepared to handle especially at 30000 Task Force Bride feet If the plane had landed at the same time I closed the book I might have jumped to theront of the line to buy a ticket home that very evening taking the red eye back A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, for one hugrom those close to meThis short novel packed the biggest emotional punch of anything I ve read this year I was shocked by how decisively my expectations werehard swimming and
demolished how effortlessly itcaptivated enlightened and loved There is a great deal to unpackenlightened and loved There is a great deal to unpack effortlessly it captivated enlightened and loved There is a great deal to unpack you ll re examine your job your Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, family security environment government it s a cacophony of little punches If you ve ever made a hard choice about youruture if you ve ever worked too hard loved too long or missed too much this book will mean something to you Even as I rate it I sorta Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue feel like a dick Asar as prose is concerned I m really into the concise yet rich thing Hamid is doing hills Mistress fulla gold and it was nice learning a little something about Pakistan beyond the things I ve gathered uprom Homeland episodes I also know that when the president says Pakistan it sounds like he s making Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) fart noises or maybe attempting to inflate a balloon So Now I know than thatNot into Hamid s use of second person The conceit of the book is that you are you but you re also the writer who is talking to you about you about him at a remove but straight to you about you to you but also about him who is you andstuff I could continue with the commas Please don t read me wrong here I love metafiction the whole uestioning the process of writing via the writing itself pulling the audience in and implicating them in the succession of events etc I mean I m a Charlie Kaufman kinda girl if ever there was one and I could just about recite several of his movies to yourom top to toes Unfortunately this novel s A Ranchers Redemption faux self help structureizzled out within each chapter so uickly A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby for me that I actuallyorgot the title of almost every section before I was even A Mother in the Making finished reading it which to beairhonestly be to do with the Her Kind Of Cowboy fact that I m an idiot I mean yeah the events in those sections were relevant to the titles of those sections but so what I was too busy engaging with the story to even bother considering the structure much which is strangeor a structure centric piece of work I guess I just His Pregnant Christmas Princess felt it was unnecessarily gimmicky which is almost an unfair thing to say given that his writing is so strong and he obviously doesn t beat you over the head with said gimmick or again I probably would have remembered the section titles but still Even now I can t stop asking myself why Why no character names no place names why this Saramago y use of generalized distinguishers which worked well in Blindness but didn t sit uite as right here Why metamess it all up Theew things that bothered me about it did so not because they were obtrusive or insulting to the intelligence but because they just seemed unnecessary Almost like he wasn t confident enough in the narrative he had Through the Language Glass forged to let it just be which is unfortunate because it totally could have rested on its laurels And that s the thing I really want to get across is once you wade in past the shallow end the water. Eals its shaperom the business self help books devoured by ambitious youths all over rising Asia It ollows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most luid 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 againcould honestly be
Characters ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB ree ↠ Mohsin HamidI had waited You Are Not A Gadget for thiswith anticipationWith hisirst two booksMohsin Hamid had uickly become one of my Sanctuary favourite authorsAnd then I read thisand I was disappointedMoth Smoke was a stunning debutor Hamid and The Reluctant Fundamentalist was very interesting as wellHis third book is not in the same classThe storylinepoor boy getting richis not very originalThat saidin this part of the worldpeople do get rich by manipulating corrupt bureaucrats and politicians and exploiting the lax application of lawsThere are plenty of real life parallels in Pakistanincluding one of the richest men in Pakistanwho started off poorBut in terms of storytellinghoweverthis book isn t particularly compellingI struggled to Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, finish itIf anythingit is pretty jarringThe use of the second personor the protagonistthroughout the bookgrated on my nervesHamid does try new thingsThe Reluctant Fundamentalistwas in the Friendfluence form of a monologueand it worked brilliantlyBut in this onethe self helpormatand the constant use of you or the protagonistwas merely annoyingThe story also didn t seem particularly originalto meIt reminded me of Aravind Adiga s The White TigerIt has similar elementsthe protagonist starts off poorand is unscrupuloususing all means to get ahead to succeedDidn t even like the title of this bookit was so ungainlyAnd to think that Hamidtakes years to write a new bookHe is still selling a lot of booksas the success of Exit West showsBut thatto mewas even worseHamid s talent is definitely headed southI m glad I d already read his best booksI would have given up on himhad I read this irstand missed out on those Rating 35 of Stranger fiveThe Publisher Says Hisirst two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis 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 journeyrom impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon it steals its shape rom the business self help books devoured by ambitious youths all over rising Asia It ollows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, 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 theorces that careen their To See Paris and Die 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 whoind moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering changeMy Review An internationally Out of China flavored mash up of Death of a Salesman and The Man in the Grey Flannel SuitI liked both of those stories and this one too I got tired of the second person gag way early and it took most of a month to read the book because of that You are considering buying a work by Mohsin Hamid Something about the length and odd construction of the title puts you off And then there on the cover is that goldfish what is up with the goldfish So you are no doubt thinking to yourself should I buy this novel How To Get Filthy Rich In Asia Is it a novelor youSuch decisions can be difficult On the plus side the work isn t very long and the page on does just ooze positive reviews And on the negative side Well the idea of a novel written as a self help book seems off putting I know And likely not being in Rising Asia how concerned are you really about how to get Filthy Rich should you Mary Tudor find yourself thereSo let me put your mind at ease Yes Hamid writesrom a perspective best described as unusual He constructed his brilliant second novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist as one side of a conversation in a cafe between a Fundamentalist Muslim who has in the West As Aventuras de Hornblower (Saga Hornblower found material success and the darker side of the American Dream and a stranger who may or may not be a CIA agent Oh and the narrator may or may not be violent and interested in doing that stranger continually and disturbingly referred to as you as if the reader real harm Sound interesting You ll just have to trust me it was an extraordinary readAsor How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia the novel s construction may seem odder still Written in the second person and constructed as a mock self help book the narrative ollows an unnamed boy in an unnamed country as he pursues wealth in his unnamed city Despite the ailure to name the location you may well conclude pretty uickly that it is somewhere on the subcontinent While letting this structure carry you away may take a dozen pages or so you can take my word that soon enough you will Barcelona find yourself carried away by Hamid s smooth prose his disarming sense of humor and his preternatural ability to individualize characters who he rather brutallyails even to nameOh and did I mention to you the other excellent components of the narrative Family strife Violence A romance A look at the dark underbelly of corruption in much of the world Bottled water So why should you buy How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Because it is sure to be one ofthe year s Christmas Catastrophe finest novels and you don t want toind yourself at a party orced toyear s inest novels and you don t want to ind yourself at a party orced to when all your A Song for Issy Bradley friends are discussing its excellenceYes it is that good So why don t you add it to your cart already What a rare curious bird of a book I don t think I have ever read anything like this before A book so uniue in its structure its style and meaning that it shimmers like a lone star somewhere on the horizon The arc of a life in Rising Asia theate of one man an Everyman in a developing megalopolis An impressive tour de orce of story te Review to come I justneed to get this speck out if my eye irst How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia has a lotto get this speck out if my eye A Sudden, Fearful Death (William Monk, first How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia has a lot on There are two books in this novel one that is eminently successful and one that is notThe narrativerame here is that of a self help book on getting The 7th Month (Detective D.D. Warren, filthy rich in rising asia The en. From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's uestor wealth and love His irst two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his inger 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 Probability Statistics, Books a la Carte Edition from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon it st.