How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Book - 2013
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From impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, our nameless hero amasses an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else: 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
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781594487293
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

Mar 30, 2014

One of the most interestingly styled books I've ever read. Truly enjoyable, written simply and beautifully.

Feb 04, 2014

A self-help book in 12 chapters, written in the second person narrative, for those living in a corrupt Asian society, and the story of the life of a rural boy who goes to the city, told with warmth and charm.

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