A sharp, fresh satire for the ruthless modern world – for fans of Dave Eggers, Ben Lerner and Gary Shtenygart’Mohsin Hamid is one of the best writers in the world, period.
Only a master could have written this propulsive tale of a striver living on the knife’s edge, a noir Horatio Alger story for our frenetic, violent times’ Ben FountainThis book is a self-help book.
Its objective, as it says on the cover, is to show you how to get filthy rich in rising Asia. And to do that it has to find you, huddled, shivering, on the packed earth under your mother’s cot one cold, dewy morning.
Your anguish is the anguish of a boy whose chocolate has been thrown away, whose remote controls are out of batteries, whose scooter is busted, whose new sneakers have been stolen.
This is all the more remarkable since you’ve never in your life seen any of these things . . . ‘Even more intriguing, compelling and moving than The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
A marvellous book’ Philip Pullman ‘Brilliantly structured, deeply felt [and] written with the confidence and bravura of a man born to write.
Hamid is at the peak of his considerable powers here, and delivers a tightly paced, preternaturally wise book about a thoroughly likable, thoroughly troubled striver in the messiest, most chaotic ring of global economy.
Completely unforgettable’ Dave Eggers, author of The Circle