Feb Book Club Meeting: How To Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

The regular monthly meet-up this time hosted by Vinita.

The chosen book for this meet-up is How to be Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Book description ..


From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy’s quest for wealth and love.

His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world’s pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation—and exceeds it. the astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on 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.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change




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  • John

    My first time at the club and I had a wonderful afternoon and evening full of stimulating discussion. Thank you to everyone present. John

    February 3

  • Niki

    It was an interesting discussion and glad I came. I hope to see more books by asian authors who actually grew up in Asia, maybe I just missed these in the past.

    February 2

  • Sonny

    Glad I came to this - was a really good discussion (even if i'm no wiser about how to make my first million...)

    February 2

    • Vinita

      Very funny Sunny! Glad you liked the discussion now wishing I'd stood in the middle & invigilated like a full-on debate...everyone had a lot to say about a book that didn't have too many pages...

      February 2

  • Gail

    Sorry Vinita, running a bit late. My apologies in advance.

    February 1

  • ramesh r

    Sorry can't make it as am babysitting nephews today.

    February 1

  • Peter L.

    I like your choice!

    January 30, 2014

  • Mira

    We going anywhere after? ;-)

    January 29, 2014

    • Mira

      Sounds good!

      January 29, 2014

    • Vinita

      Dear Asian Book Clubbers I was thinking we could go to 'Wahaca' in Charlotte Street -it's a Mexican street food cantina -moving away from the Asian theme & getting cosmopolitan....anyone got other strong preferences?

      2 · January 30, 2014

  • Philip

    Just finished the book.. Cracking read !

    January 26, 2014

  • Philip

    Currently reading How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia ... Its an engaging read !

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Vinita

    A self-help book providing an insight into how the new money millionaires get filthy rich in rising Asia, or quite simply a charming love story about our hero and the pretty girl (Romeo &Juliet) set against the backdrop of shattering economic and social upheaval?

    December 27, 2013

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