A Rich Man's World

A tale of ambition and greed in contemporary Pakistan

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Mohsin Hamid's new novel is a love story and bildungsroman disguised as a self-help book, and the result has all the inventiveness, exuberance and pathos that the writer's fans have come to expect. Hamid's debut novel, Moth Smoke (2000), which wove together a 17th century feudal intrigue with a modern banker's decadent demise, won critical acclaim, but he made his breakthrough with The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007), about a Princeton-educated Pakistani whose views on Western culture sour after 9/11 and the American who may or may not have been sent to kill him. An international best seller that was short-listed for the...

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