|Book Title:||The Reluctant Fundamentalist|
|Started:||December 18, 2008|
|Finished:||December 22, 2008|
|Time to Read:||5 Days|
|Back Cover / Inside Flap:||"At a cafe table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins to tell the tale that has brought them to this fateful encounter...|
|Review:||Make no mistake: this isn't nonfiction. But it could be. For any Stephen King fans out there, this story is told in the stylings of Dolores Claiborne - a narrative, unbroken by actual action - and where revelations pop out at the most unexpected times. I find the title interesting - a concept of a reluctant fundamentalist might conjure up images of someone who is reluctant to enter into a different lifestyle because they have misgivings about that lifestyle. In this case, it's because the Changez has been in love with his adopted culture - and now, instead, feels drawn back to his motherland and culture. This is an odd book, hard at many times to read, and harder to identify with Changez - at least for me. I'm glad I read it - but I don't think I'll run out to find his other works.|
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