How to get filthy rich in rising Asia

No, don’t panic, I haven’t started giving investment advice. This is the title of Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, written in the form of a self help book. It takes a bit of getting used to the narrative style of this one, written in the second person in a very oblique way (if any of that makes sense, I’m shit at grammar). Once you do, it is an amazing book that could be set in any rising Asian nation, and could be the biography of any ruthless millionaire anywhere. Hamid doesn’t pull any punches as he almost argues rather than “tells”  the case about capitalism, fundamentalism and corruption. But the book is also saddening and very emotional. 89/100

Another of Hamid’s novels, the Reluctant Fundamentalist, has been released as a film. I haven’t read the book, but the film is excellent and shares many themes with the later book. The film is well worth seeing and it’s disappointing that the publicity for it has been so low key. Well acted (well except for Kate Hudson) and brilliantly filmed, it is a tense and intelligent thriller. 80/100

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