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Who doesn’t love a get-rich-quick scheme? That’s the conceit of Mohsin Hamid’s witty and wicked novel How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, which cleverly mimics the self-help genre to tell the story of one man’s rise from rural poverty to massive wealth. Hamid, a Booker Prize finalist and New York Times bestselling author, gives voice to the relentless churning of our global moment. Hamid is joined in conversation by WBEZ’s Alison Cuddy.
Here’s what Ed had to say:
This is a remarkable tale of love and ambition, of unnamed characters in an unnamed Asian metropolis, all cleverly constructed as a “self-help” book with each of the aptly named 12 chapter headings is a short, self-help imperative. The book follows one man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycooon, a classic rags-to-riches story that is really a wickedly satirical and ironic vision of modern times. Hamid’s precise, meticulous, lean language is a marvel to read - and to savor, appreciate, and enjoy! Ed loved this novel and highly recommends!
Mohsin Hamid, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (via bookmania)
Absolute truth. Stefan could not agree more!
Elizabeth McCracken, THUNDERSTRUCK
These stories, y’all. Incredible.
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