Friday, 24 August 2007
Mohsin Hamid: The Reluctant Fundamentalist
Not a bad book, but not particularly interesting or skillful and I doubt it would have made the longlist had its subject matter not been so topical.The main issue to me seems to be the reluctance of the fundamentalist. Was he? I don't think so. And I also didn't think there was any serious attempt made to understand why fundamentalism may have appealed to him, apart from the obvious disillusionment with Western corporate life (which must be fairly common) and a disappointed affection for the irritatingly named Erica (I kept expecting her to say I Am Erica) who in turn has lost the love over her life, Chris. Jesus! -- or Columbus, I don't know. But it was hit-over-the-head-ingly obvious about those matters whilst avoiding the more subtle ones. I thought the structure was mildly interesting but left feeling disappointed.
Posted by Kimberley Starr at 05:57