The Reluctant Fundamentalist​

The novel “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” is written by a Pakistani author named Mohsin Hamid, and it was published in 2007. The novel uses the technique of a frame story, which is a literary technique that sometimes serves as a companion piece to a story within a story. the story takes place during the course of a single evening in an outdoor Lahore cafe, where a bearded Pakistani man called Changez tells an American stranger about his love affair with an American woman, and his eventual abandonment of America.

So far I have read till chapter 10, and it leaves a good impression on me. Even though the book can have a difficult language and sentences, it is still a good book. The story is so good and seems almost real. Even though the book is not a typical type of book for me to read, I still find it a bit interesting because of the story that the main character tells the stranger. Something that makes the book so different from anything I have ever read is the way the author has written the book. He has written it so you only see the conversation between the main character and the stranger through Changez perspective. So the conversations they have only shown what Changez says, and we don’t really get much of the stranger’s responses, other than his facial expressions, attitude, and short answers. This makes the story so much more interesting because you are left with questions after reading each chapter.

Since we never know what the stranger/American is thinking, it makes us as readers wonder more about the other character. The thing that i personally think the most about when it comes to the book, is why the American is in Pakistan in the first place. The author drops small hints of the reason to why he traveled there, like for example in the beginning of chapter 10 when Changez saw a bulge in the strangers pants and immediately thought it was a gun. The gun he is carrying might be for a potential job or mission he might have, and that is why he traveled. That question is what annoys me the most out of the story, but is also the most interesting thing about the story, since it is such a big mystery.

Something that makes the story more special, is that the author not only wrote it from the main character’s perspective, but he made it look like he was talking to the readers. In conclusion, this novel has a lot of differences from any other book out there, and it makes it very unique. From any other thing I have ever read, this has been the hardest to read and understand, but that is not a bad thing at all. That makes it very informative and educational.


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