His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his 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 journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over rising Asia. In a sprawling metropolis, its nameless hero begins to amass an empire built on that most 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 the forces that careen their 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 unflinchi
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by Mohsin Hamid
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by Richard Dooling
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by Fred Chappell
"The author narrates his gritty rags-to-riches novel in a deep, rich baritone. In a somber tone, Hamid plays with the conventions of self-help manuals and coming-of-age stories, an approach that contrasts with the mature subject matter of child labor and abject poverty. The story is told through an unusual point of view: the second person. Hamid uses the repetitive "you" as a mark of punctuation of sorts in the narrative, which is filled with wild inventiveness that always meaders back to the grinding details of life for the lower classes in modern-day India. Hamid's is the consistent voice throughout the continually shifting perspectives, male and female. The steady pace of his narration reflects this unrelenting look at the tenuous lives of those determined to climb the rungs of the social ladder in Asia. M.R. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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