How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Book - 2013
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"Mr. Hamid reaffirms his place as one of his generation's most inventive and gifted writers." - Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A globalized version of The Great Gatsby . . . [Hamid's] book is nearly that good." - Alan Cheuse, NPR

"Marvelous and moving." - TIME Magazine

From the internationally bestselling 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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9781594487293
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,22 cm.


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I love this book - it's sweet and sad and funny and tells a good story. What more could you want.

LPL_MeredithW Nov 04, 2017

Two chapters in to "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia," I thought this was another excellent book by Mohsin Hamid, who has fast become my favorite current author. Three chapters in, I got actual goosebumps, and by the last page, I was openly weeping. This may supplant "Exit West" as my favorite of Hamid's works - read it now.

Aug 16, 2017

"Look, unless you're writing one, a self-help book is an oxymoron. You read a self-help book so someone who isn't yourself, that someone being the author."
This is the third novel from the Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. I've liked everything I've read by him, but I prefer his latest "Exit West" and his earlier book "The Reluctant Fundamentalist." It's safe to say that Hamid's books are not on any White House reading lists. Because, you know, he's not American and, also, books.

Jul 31, 2017

Nuanced storytelling, rich with insights.

ezhurbin May 18, 2017

This book is entertaining, thoughtful, engaging, and at the end pushes reader into a self-reflection. Also, it paints an interesting picture of urban growth and changing demographics in Asia/Pakistan. I am not in love with this book, but it is solid and amusing enough to pique my interest in Hamid's other works.

Apr 09, 2017

I agree with all the positive comments here. It is a well-crafted book with a very poignant, but timeless message. Written as a 'self-help' book, the self-help message is revealed in the end. You won't be disappointed.

Sep 07, 2015

Remarkable and moving book. I was only somewhat entertained as I began to read it, but by the end of this short book, I was going 'wow' and was blown away.

Only after I finished reading it did I realize that the characters don't have names -- and that the chronology was not as realistic as it seemed while I was reading it. It all seemed natural and unnoticeable as I read it, but the book is a tour de force, and what is better a humanistic tour de force with much to say about human life.

Feb 08, 2015

This is one of the best books I've read in years. This small novel is incredibly rich and layered, the author making eloquent observations about the issues of globalisation and relationships with such economy of words. Very moving and superbly written.

multcolib_darceem May 12, 2014

Clever and beautiful. Some books you finish, close and say "wow". This was one of those books for me.

LAYNE_A May 03, 2014

The self-help format could easily feel like a silly gimmick, but the writing is quite beautiful and the format actually does help push the plot along.

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