Genre: novel, psychological fiction
Key Stage: Year 11+
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007)
Plot Summary: Changez a young middle-class Pakistani, after moving to America to study at Princeton university, is now chasing his dream of success at a prestigious Wall Street valuation firm. However, after the Twin Towers fall, he sees himself becoming a stranger to those around him.
Personally, I found the novel to be compelling and interesting whilst still being relevant to its time and ideals. The character of Changez feels relatable as you can put yourself in his shoes. Overall, an impressive and intelligent body of work.
I would recommend this book to anybody who isn’t too keen on reading as it’s a very good starting point. Find out more about the novel and the writer Mohsin Hamid by reading the ‘Extract to Novel’ compilation.
Reviewer: Yahya Osman, Year 13