How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Hamid, Mohsin

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
"[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: 1594487294
Characteristics: 228 p. ;,22 cm.


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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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