The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

About the book

The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is Mohsin Hamid’s thrillingly provocative international bestseller.
It is shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2007. Now a major film directed by Mira Nair and starring Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. ‘Excuse me, sir, but may I be of assistance? Ah, I see I have alarmed you. Do not be frightened by my beard. I am a lover of America…’  So speaks the mysterious stranger at a Lahore cafe as dusk settles. Invited to join him for tea, you learn his name and what led this speaker of immaculate English to seek you out.  For he is more worldy than you might expect; better travelled and better educated. He knows the West better than you do. And as he tells you his story, of how he embraced the Western dream – and a Western woman – and how both betrayed him, so the night darkens.
Then the true reason for your meeting becomes abundantly clear… Challenging, mysterious and thrillingly tense, Mohsin Hamid’s masterly “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is a vital read teeming with questions and ideas about some of the most pressing issues of today’s globalised, fractured world.

Reviewed by  Monks Brook U3A Reading Group:

Very thought provoking. Made us all reassess our views on prejudice. The style of writing took a lot of getting used to.

Star rating: ***

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3 thoughts on “The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid”

  1. Review by Lee Reading Group:
    A discussion provoking book written in a very unique style. The group was split on their feelings about it.. some loving it while others hated it. Worth a read.
    Rating: 4 Stars

  2. Review by Hawkley Book Club:
    We all mostly enjoyed this book; we all admired it. We found the “single” view first person narrative elegant, though we had differing opinions as to whether it was a tense “What will happen? Who is threatened?” situation or a non-realism more stream of conciousness piece to refer to and provoke thought about issues of nationalism, identity, dominance, history etc etc. Most of us were interrupted in and affected by the Erica story but did not agree re how well it was integrated into the book overall.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by Ems Valley U3A
    Very well written and constructed. Thought provoking, good build up of tension with sinister undertones. Generated a lot of discussion. Excellent book.
    Star rating ****

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