Thursday, September 06, 2007

Prejudice and religon

The Reluctant Fundamentalist is ( I feel like saying yet another book) written with the background of September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

The book is a narrated by Changez to an American tourist in Pakistan, about discovering love, freedom and more in America. Changez goes on to explain how the tragedy of September 11th, eventually led back to his return to Pakistan.

The whole narrative is in the form of a conversation, wherein the responses of the tourist are expressed as interepreted by Changez. The book is gripping from the very begininning.

Changez describes his love for Erica and his frustrations on not being able to take the place of memories of her late childhood love. His job at Underwood Samson brings him much pleasure and glory.
The transition of both his love life and work place envoirnment in the aftermath of the tragedy brings about the twist in the story. The sweet paced, happy love story slowly turns into a chilling thriller.

In all its a quick read and leaves you thinking.. what each of his characters symbolize and how they tell you a new tale now (in a similar vein to Life of Pi but only in that respect).


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