How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/2/6
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This book is a self-help book. Its objective, as it says on the cover, is to show you how to get filthy rich in rising Asia. And to do that it has to find you, huddled, shivering, on the packed earth under your mother's cot one cold, dewy morning. Your anguish is the anguish of a boy whose chocolate has been thrown away, whose remote controls are out of batteries, whose scooter is busted, whose new sneakers have been stolen. This is all the more remarkable since you've never in your life seen any of these things . . .
Dazzling, addictive, tremendous. A writer at the height of his powers with a hell of a story to tell (Guardian)
Beautifully conceived and exquisitely executed (Sunday Times)
The new voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game (Metro)
No story could be more of our time than this one. Conceptually brilliant and truly empathic (Nell Freudenberger Metro)
An ultra-intelligent and knowing account of life in the developing world. Simply brilliant (Daily Mail)
Isn't this the definition of great fiction, that even when it begins with a character . . . who's nothing like you, by the end you are convinced that it really is about you? That's a kind of miracle (Salon)
Even more intriguing, compelling and moving than The Reluctant Fundamentalist. A marvellous book (Philip Pullman)
A dazzling stylistic tour de force; a love story disguised as a self help parody freighted with sly social satire. As timely and timeless a novel as I've read in years (Jay McInerney)
I can never tell if this book's story is set in the author's home country of Pakistan or in what I perceive to be "rising Asia" -Eastern Asia. I assume it to be the former.
I didn't like this one quite as much as "the reluctant fundamentalist" though they both have a similar quality. I get the sense the quality is that they feel like they are intended for an American audience to get a grasp on what it is like for others in our world. I said earlier "an average human" because I think us Americans don't often understand what an average human is like. We represent only 250 million of this world of 6+ billion people. In my experience of living abroad, this gets at the average human as i understand it.
I liked that the book seemed to have a grasp on real humanity. Hamid stays near the details of life and doesn't overhype any of it. I listened to the audiobook of hamid's reading of it and though his voice bordered on monotone, I think it was actually quite helpful.
The author, M. Hamid, is quite young, (compared to me). How does he know so much about life? Why did it take me so long to learn what Hamid knows and is able to write about? Let me remind you again: Mr. Hamid is not the cynic he appears to be. As you read the book, you will find Mr. Hamid in love with life, though he expresses himself in a most unlikely way. Read the book, be prepared to laugh and to cry. Do enjoy Hamid's latest book. NanS