How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
A Novel

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9 Critic Reviews

Hamid, like Kazuo Ishiguro, specializes in voices in transition, split at the root, straining for cultivation and tripping over clumsy constructions.
-NY Times

Synopsis

"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.
 

About Mohsin Hamid

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MOHSIN HAMID's first novel, Moth Smoke, was a Betty Trask Award winner, PEN/ Hemingway Award finalist, and New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His second, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a bestseller in the United States and abroad, was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His most recent novel is How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. Hamid's writing has also appeared in Time, the New York Times, and other publications. He lives in Lahore, Pakistan.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Riverhead Books. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Excellent
on Apr 02 2013

Another great success for Hamid and another illustration of how richly the colonial margins are feeding the core of literature in English.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Parul Sehgal on Mar 29 2013

Hamid, like Kazuo Ishiguro, specializes in voices in transition, split at the root, straining for cultivation and tripping over clumsy constructions.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Andrew Anthony on Apr 20 2013

If Hamid set out to write a satire on the globalised dream of consumer-driven economic development, he ends up being undermined by the strength of his characters. You can't help but root for them...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Theo Tait on Mar 28 2013

This is a tremendous novel: tender, sharp and formally daring, a portal into a fast-moving, vividly realised world.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Steve Inskeep on Mar 06 2013

The main character's encounters with the "pretty girl" are among the novel's most memorable.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Alan Cheuse on Feb 27 2013

...this tale of an unscrupulous striver may bring to mind a globalized version of The Great Gatsby. Given the unabashed gimmickry of Hamid's how-to design, it's a pleasant surprise to find that his book is nearly that good.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on Mar 15 2013

As satire, it lacks causticity; as exposé it lacks shock value, as a love story, it wants chemistry. It’s a decent book that often gets at something without always getting at us.

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The Economist

Good
on Apr 06 2013

Deploying the second-person narrative with astonishing skill, while writing at the same time with a rare quietness, Mr Hamid depicts a land where getting rich is not so much a luxury as a survival tactic.

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Globe and Mail

Below average
Reviewed by Keith Garebian on Mar 08 2013

The romantic element is diluted because the intersection of the pretty girl and the protagonist is sporadic rather than anchored in the plot...the plot nullifies any sense of depth or struggle, and without these aspects, the novel feels inadequate.

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