From the internationally best-selling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love.
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". It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he 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 unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.
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As its title suggests, this book works within the frame of a self help or "how to" book. Each chapter is headed with a rule (e.g., "Don't Fall in Love"), and the narrator uses imperatives, addressed to "you," as is typical of the genre. One of the effects of addressing the reader in this manner is to deliberately distance the speaker from the subject of his story, but this is clearly a very personal story of a man rising from abject poverty to wealth and of a woman (known only as "the pretty girl" well into her fifties) whose life intersects with his. So how does one become filthy rich in rising Asia? Through one form of corruption or another: hustling, stealing, prostituting, threatening, payback, demeaning, disloyalty, submission to those even more corrupt than oneself, etc. It's a life shadowed by sadness and anxiety, even when one's efforts succeed. Hamid gives us keen insights into life in "rising Asia" (no exact location or even a country is ever named), a view that contrasts with recent western paranoia about those nations supposedly poised to take over the world's economy. It's a story about the lengths to which desperation drives human beings in an increasingly materialistic world, and about the discovery, in the end, of what is most important to our lives.
Draining, entertaining, and mercurial as the story may be, I found the author's reading style distracting and choppy- making it hard to keep track. He frequently pauses in the middle of phrases; sometimes several times - which doesn't help to emphasize or create understanding, but to thwart it.
Great story about ambition and "success". Tells a lot about a China most of us know little about can also tell us a bit about ourselves. Short book but great reader and story.
This is an amazing book from an incredible writer. Beautiful imagery. Hamid captures in a subtle reference what other writers spend pages trying to say. I loved this book.
Beautifully written beautifully narrated I finished the book deeply moved. People like myself who enjoys self-improvement and self-help literature should definitely read this book
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amazing book! first fiction book i have read in years and it gave me a new respect for fiction. it will give you a great perspective on life.
The story is well read. I have trouble hearing a few words but this is more about my listening than it is the reading.
This is an interesting and rich story of a man's life. The protagonist is an honorable person. After the book is done, the listener feels a kinship with the central character and the author. There is not much more one could ask of a book.
This book shares the number one spot in my favorites list with Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa which I read 3 years and 100 books ago. I don't think I can recommend this vaguely emotionally stirring book enough. Check it out. You won't be dissatisfied.
I came across this book from tim ferris podcast and really glad that I used my credit on this book.
first, this is fiction -but in deeper retrospect gives you a great perspective on life just by walking you from birth to death in a hyperbolic lifestyle.
second- all reviews commenting on the reader performance is judgemental, it really worked for me; and perhaps it was cause I was used to plain prose reading where the exhiliration comes from the words spinning into sentences and not from the exuberant delivery.
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