How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781594487293
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAMID 2013
Characteristics: 228 p. ; 22 cm


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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.

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 18, 2017

This book is entertaining, thoughtful, engaging, and at the end pushes reader into a self-reflection. Also, it paints an interesting picture of urban growth and changing demographics in Asia/Pakistan. I am not in love with this book, but it is solid and amusing enough to pique my interest in Hamid's other works.

Apr 09, 2017

I agree with all the positive comments here. It is a well-crafted book with a very poignant, but timeless message. Written as a 'self-help' book, the self-help message is revealed in the end. You won't be disappointed.

Sep 07, 2015

Remarkable and moving book. I was only somewhat entertained as I began to read it, but by the end of this short book, I was going 'wow' and was blown away.

Only after I finished reading it did I realize that the characters don't have names -- and that the chronology was not as realistic as it seemed while I was reading it. It all seemed natural and unnoticeable as I read it, but the book is a tour de force, and what is better a humanistic tour de force with much to say about human life.

Feb 08, 2015

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.

multcolib_darceem May 12, 2014

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

LAYNE_A May 03, 2014

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

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

Feb 04, 2014

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.

crankylibrarian Dec 30, 2013

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

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

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