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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
by Moshin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia_Hamid

[Hardcover] 228 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59448-729-3
Lantana Call No. F Ham

What a strange, funny, jaw-dropping read this book was.  It’s a story of a young South Asian man in twelve acts doubling satirically as a self-help book.

The twelve acts or parts sum it all up far better than anything I could write here in this review.  Some of these should sound familiar:

One: Move to the City
Two: Get an Education
Three: Don’t Fall in Love
Four: Avoid Idealists
Five: Learn from a Master
…etc.

By the story’s end, simple beginnings have become complex lives (only perhaps to end suddenly).

Moreover, use of 2nd person narration (where the man/narrator addresses readers as “you,”) renders the views of events ironic and somewhat impersonal, and yet other times unexpectedly peculiarly funny or touching.  At times it seems as if the “you” the narrator refers to is really himself.

Certainly, the man’s story allows readers a view of individuals who are swept along by modernity in a part of the world many of us may know less about.

If you are curious how Hamid’s work was viewed by critics from the U.S. and from India, see a recent review NPR’s Steve Inskeep of March 6, 2013 and from IANS/The Times of India of Oct. 10, 2013.

Written by lantanalister1

October 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Posted in Book Corner, Fiction

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