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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia Audiobook

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Mohsin Hamid (P)2013 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Ynomrah 09-15-13
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    "Beautiful writing and clever conceits"
    Would you listen to How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia again? Why?

    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.


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    Brad Mills 04-28-17
    Brad Mills 04-28-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The title is misleading, I loved this quick read."

    I loved this book, which has a sensationalist misleading title. You'd think it was a business book. Really, it's a well crafted "first person" fiction book.

    It's the human story of a boy starting in a slum in India, struggling with the challenges of achievement, love, conflict and death.

    The author writes the book as if you are the lead character, giving it a very unique quality that I've never experienced in a book before.

    This book evoked an emotional response from me on more than one occasion, by the end I was tearing up...not out of sadness though.

    It made me laugh out loud a few times.

    Highly recommend it. You can finish it in a weekend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada 11-15-16
    Kate Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    Concentrated goodness. A uncommon and sublime combination of vagueness and clarity in a convenient morsel.

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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 11-12-14
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 11-12-14 Member Since 2006
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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.

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    Christopher G. Erckert Huntington, NY 08-25-16
    Christopher G. Erckert Huntington, NY 08-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    Blown away by where the author took me and all the while injecting the true grit of life in the most elegant way.

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    Evan Bennewies 10-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    Well written and entertaining. Written in a very unique format that you don't often see.

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    Marc Brookline, MA, United States 08-20-17
    Marc Brookline, MA, United States 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Everything about this book was new and spectacular"
    What did you love best about How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia?

    I've been looking for a good book for a while. Tim Ferriss recommended it. I instantly loved the novel's writing, the approach, and its transporting feeling. But, most of all it is the novelty of this novel that stays with me. What a joy! More, please!


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    Ian D. Portland, OR 05-16-17
    Ian D. Portland, OR 05-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enexpected and stunning."

    A must read for any one whose is curious about living a full life! Enjoy.

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    Waqar Mehmood 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "good book with a unique ending"
    What made the experience of listening to How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia the most enjoyable?

    Mohsin Khan has brilliantly explained how one can get practically get rich without specifically going in details. well done. great story line and well read as well.


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    Earline Spencer Morgan Chicago 12-24-16
    Earline Spencer Morgan Chicago 12-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    Very different. Especially when they speak about death. Makes me appreciate life so much more.

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