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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Hamid, Mohsin

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
From impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, our nameless hero amasses an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else: 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. "[A] tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, [stealing] its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over 'rising Asia'"--Dust jacket flap.

Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2013
ISBN: 1594486689
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 228 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 08, 2015
  • velowallah rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of the best books I've read in years. This small novel is incredibly rich and layered, the author making eloquent observations about the issues of globalisation and relationships with such economy of words. Very moving and superbly written.

May 12, 2014
  • multcolib_darceem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Clever and beautiful. Some books you finish, close and say "wow". This was one of those books for me.

May 03, 2014
  • LAYNE_A rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The self-help format could easily feel like a silly gimmick, but the writing is quite beautiful and the format actually does help push the plot along.

Mar 30, 2014
  • adam_bri rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the most interestingly styled books I've ever read. Truly enjoyable, written simply and beautifully.

Feb 04, 2014
  • uncommonreader rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A self-help book in 12 chapters, written in the second person narrative, for those living in a corrupt Asian society, and the story of the life of a rural boy who goes to the city, told with warmth and charm.

Dec 30, 2013
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was wowed by The Reluctant Fundamentalist last year, but I think this is even better. Expanding the 2nd person narration used only intermittently in TRF, Hamid presents the life of a(presumably Pakistani) businessman in the guise of a self-help book. Chapter headings such as "Move to the City", "Don't Fall in Love", "Be Prepared to Use Violence" are often ironic, as is the title: the protagonist, born in a rural village gradually works his way into urban prosperity, yet whether or not he attains his goal, or actually follows the outlined "rules" is debatable.

Dec 08, 2013
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

an interesting way to present a novel but I found it not as enjoyable or engaging as his earlier work " the reluctant fundamentalist".

Sep 14, 2013
  • lorna2511 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An enjoyable, quick read - it takes a birds eye view of the progression of Asia and what it means to live there. But the book is really a reflection on ordinary life, motivation, meaning and love. My one criticism was that the narrative was a little sluggish, however, the nature of its short chapters meant this didn't stifle the book.

Sep 02, 2013
  • Jane60201 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very imaginative and unusual book. I highly recommend it.

May 25, 2013

I enjoyed this book immensely. It's quirky brilliance, pacing and lifetime sweep combined with sly humor kept me rapt to the last page. Heartily recommended!

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