Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Alan Cheuse of NPR compares Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Rich in Rising Asia to "a globalized version of The Great Gatsby"

“Thanks to Hamid's meticulous use of detail — and his sympathy for a man on the make in a society of endemic poverty — we engage deeply with a serious character whose essence remains his own yet who stands as a figure representative of his time and place, an effect only the best novelists can create… this tale of an unscrupulous striver may bring to mind a globalized version of The Great Gatsby. Given the unabashed gimmickry of Hamid's how-to design, it's a pleasant surprise to find that his book is nearly that good.” To read more, click here.
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