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March 21, 2013

"How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" by Mohsin Hamid: A Success Story or a Tale of Humanity?

How to get filthy rich   I admit I have been looking forward to the release of Mohsin Hamid’s latest novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, for quite a few months now, so I made sure to purchase it right after its release early this month. But as with any beloved author, I couldn’t help but approach his book with a bit of trepidation. Would he be able to stand up to my already preset high expectations? Or would this be the book that would forever ruin my image of him as a brilliant writer? So with a nervous flutter in my stomach, I dove in… It took me a bit to really get into the story. For this novel, Hamid chose a rather unconventional means of narrating the protagonist’s life: he refers to the main hero simply as ‘you’ and we never learn the names of any of the other characters. Instead they are mother, father, wife, son, pretty girl, and so on. Although it took some getting used to, it felt completely appropriate and adds a definite magic and allure to the whole story. It makes it possible to better empathize and live what the main character experiences. The anonymity allows readers to imagine the father, mother, wife, and son from the book as living, breathing, blood infused characters from their real lives.  It is a very clever method which lends a certain air of intimacy to the tale, a familiarity so profound that you cannot help but feel the strength of the hero’s youth, but also the weakness of his old age, and all the poignant moments in between. It is not a story about success, but rather a gripping narrative of the constant motion that propels us all forward towards the same conclusion. It is the story of being human, of breathing and living, and yes, even dying, and Hamid's gritty, life-infused rhetoric does this journey proud. :)