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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
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"[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. 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.
Authors: Hamid, Mohsin, 1971-
Title: How to get filthy rich in rising Asia
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Mohsin Hamid
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket
Summary: "[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.
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.
ISBN: 9781594487293
1594487294
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAMID 2013
Subject Headings: Executives Fiction Success in business Fiction Man-woman relationships Fiction Self-realization Fiction Self-help techniques Fiction Asia Fiction
Topical Term: Executives
Success in business
Man-woman relationships
Self-realization
Self-help techniques
LCCN: 2012039847
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May: A beautiful rags to riches love story, cleverly presented as a self help book. This book is a stunning meditation on fate and unlike anything I've ever read.

A beautiful rags to riches love story, cleverly presented as a self help book. This book is a stunning meditation on fate and unlike anything I've ever read. -Darcee

Comment by: multcolib_darceem May 12, 2014

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

From the internationally bestselling author of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love. The astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business ... Read More »


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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.

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!

In 2013, I also read "Joni" by Joni Eareckson.

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