A feeling of fundamentalism can arise in the unlikeliest of people, when they feel pushed into a corner. What does it take to tip the balance?
Mohsin Hamid (2007), 224 pages
This novel looks at the increasingly volatile and precariously balanced relationship between the West and East. It is told from the point of view of a confident and high-achieving young muslim who is making his fortune in the US, having left his family in Pakistan. He is searching for his identity and looking for acceptance in his adopted country. Then 9/11 happens and his life is turned upside down.
At times appealing and at times disconcerting, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is the confession of a man who knows that he may be a few feet away from death and has nothing to lose by telling all.
Where to get the book:
Amazon (2 - 10 USD, paperback /hardback / Kindle)
Waterstone's Marketplace (from 0.86 GBP)
Bokus (from 86 SEK)
(the website is in Swedish but the book is in English)
Bokus also has it as an eBook for 69 SEK