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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 34 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 5, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BJNTVPM
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Where the novel soars is in Hamid's masterful writing. He tells the story of "You," his world and his life with a style and economy of words that speed the reader along. One example: "And where moneymaking is concerned, nothing compresses the time frame needed to leap from my-s***-just-sits-there-until-it-rains poverty to which-of-my-toilets-shall-I-use affluence like an apprenticeship with someone who already has the angles all figured out."
The self-help book format that begins each chapter, and may irritate some readers, reflects a genre popular with a certain demographic searching for inexpensive ways to improve their lot in life. Few novelists could write an entire work in which no character, city or country has a name. "You" and the half dozen people who matter in his life--the pretty girl, his parents, wife/ex-wife, son and thieving brother-in-law--are purposely imprecise and unsympathetic, composites of countless real-life individuals and their stories. In 240 pages of exquisite writing, Hamid manages to tell the tale of an extraordinary octogenarian and leave readers from widely diverse backgrounds with a story they will remember for a long time.
This book beautiful describes this growing city, its flaws and opportunities that it avails.It's a good read on changing demographics and social conditions in Asia's growing cities.There is so much going on in these cities. Thousands of rural people moving in, searching for better life, and some achieving it. It is not slow change; it's visible sudden change. These dynamic cities perhaps hold the key to the future of rising Asia.
This book feels as if it sits some where between fiction and non-fiction, yet an autobiography, in either of those realms, possibly your own, no matter how differently your life is proceeding.
Give this book a read, it's well worth every word.
The writing style of the book is unique in that it dedicates each chapter to a step toward getting rich. It makes use of the second person when addressing the main character, thus, the main character is only know as “you” to us readers. In fact, all characters remain nameless and are simply identified in relation to the main character (your mother, your father, the pretty girl).
The story is narrated by providing facts about the main character’s life and adding emotional commentary to provide context. The narrative is quick, smart and funny. For example, when describing the relationship between the mother and grandmother in the first chapter, Hamid writes, “Your mother and grandmother play a waiting game. The older woman waits for the younger woman to age, the younger woman waits for the older woman to die. It is a game both will inevitably win.” Hamid continues by describing the mother in the following way
: "In an all-female society your mother would likely rise to be queen, a bloody staff in her hand and crushed skulls beneath her feet.” That description made me laugh and, of course, allowed me to get a good sense of the mother’s personality.
What was also interesting to me was that the storytelling provides a humorous (yet sad) mental picture of the societal barriers such as the failure of basic services (clean water, sewage, roads, etc) and the corruption of the civil servants in country where the main character lives.
I’ve not read any of Hamid’s writing before; therefore, I am unsure if this book is typical of his writing style. Regardless, I found the approach of the narrative interesting and the story completely absorbing.