The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist begins at a restaurant in Pakistan, where a bearded native named Changez tells an American stranger about his glorious pre-9/11… The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist begins at a restaurant in Pakistan, where a bearded native named Changez tells an American stranger about his glorious pre-9/11… 2007-04-03 Fiction Harcourt
Book Review

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 03, 2007; Writer: Mohsin Hamid; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Harcourt

Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist begins at a restaurant in Pakistan, where a bearded native named Changez tells an American stranger about his glorious pre-9/11 days in the U.S.: Changez, a Princeton grad, moves to New York, gets a high-paying job, and falls for the ''stunningly regal'' Erica. Then the Twin Towers collapse — and so does Changez. He begins grappling with his skin color (a drifter calls him a ''f---ing Arab''). As war looms, he feels his new life has blinded him to the world's realities (''I was a man lacking in substance'') and sabotaged the American dream he's made for himself. But Hamid's attempts to build tension in his East-meets-West tale end up a bit flat. B

Originally posted Mar 30, 2007 Published in issue #928 Apr 06, 2007 Order article reprints
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