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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.
Authors: Hamid, Mohsin, 1971-
Title: How to get filthy rich in rising Asia
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books,, 2013.
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,22 cm.
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.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 53 60 61 69 76 80 97 118 133 138 172 210 211 216 226 228 245 250 264
ISBN: 9781594487293
1594487294
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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".

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

"Imaginatively written in the style of a self-help manual, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia follows the journey of a poor rural boy as he becomes a wealthy business tycoon, but it also offers commentary on the social challenges facing developing economies. But there's no need to fear that the novel is dry, boring, or self-involved; in fact it's quite the opposite. Despite certain imprecise details (the city could be any of a number in south Asia), the immediacy of the prose ("At each subsequent wonder you think you have arrived...") and the eventfulness of the main character's life (both in work and in love) combine to create a book that is both "marvelous and moving" (TIME magazine)." April 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=622464

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