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The Reluctant Fundamentalist is Mohsin Hamid's thrillingly provocative international bestseller. Shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in Now a major film. Schulbücher & Lernhilfen bei Thalia ✓»The Reluctant Fundamentalist«jetzt bestellen! Ein Pakistani erzählt einem Amerikaner sein Leben: Wie er den amerikanischen Traum verwirklichte und wie er sich aber nach dem September wieder mehr seinem Heimatland verpflichtet fühlte. Er führt dem Leser eine ganz neue Perspektive vor.
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In the Old Anarkali in Lahore, Pakistan, a Pakistani man, Changez , approaches a muscular, well-dressed man, the Stranger , without introducing himself or giving his name.
He tries to find common ground between the Stranger and himself, but he does so by judging the Stranger based on his appearance, much as minorities in the United States are treated.
The fact that he thinks the Stranger is uncomfortable around him, but proceeds with his questioning anyway, makes Changez seem rather sinister — his deferential attitude may not be completely sincere.
Active Themes. Related Quotes with Explanations. The Stranger refuses to remove his jacket and sits with his back against the wall, even though it is a hot day and his position makes him less likely to feel the breeze.
When the Stranger asks him what he thought of Princeton, he replies that answering the question will require that he tell the Stranger a story.
The fact that Changez asks the Stranger a question and then answers it for him suggests that he is less interested in learning about his new friend and more interested in leading, or even bullying him, around the city.
On the other hand, Changez could be eager to practice his English with an America and reminisce about his time at Princeton — no clear explanation for his behavior can be found, at least not yet.
His decision to keep his jacket on and sit near a wall suggests the former and that he has a military awareness about him that indicates he might really be an agent of some sort , while his question to Changez about Princeton suggests the latter.
Coming of Age. Since their odds of being accepted to Princeton are considerably lower, Changez explains, the non-American students tend to be more talented than the Americans.
Changez is a brilliant student and a talented soccer player, although a knee injury in his sophomore year forces him to quit the team. He graduates from Princeton with perfect grades and excellent job prospects, of which he is well aware.
On the Princeton soccer team, and at Princeton in general, his talents separate him from others instead of ingratiating him with his peers.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Verfilming van het gelijknamige boek van Mohsin Hamid. Trailer Youtube HD. Al weer een verhaal dat voort borduurt op de elfde september, waarin mensen enkel door hun Oosterse uiterlijk verdacht worden vijand van de USA te zijn en neerbuigend worden behandeld.
De kat en muis thriller is sluw opgebouwd en geeft de ingewikkelde situatie op een relevante wijze weer, inclusief de gevolgen op het terrein van politiek en identiteit.
De personages zijn complex en de situaties gecomplrimeerd en emotioneel gecompliceerd. Het einde van de film werkte voor mij onbevredigend; kwan niet af over.
Vooral Riz Ahmed ik had hem ook in 'Ill Manors' gezien , speelt een sterke rol. Heel soms komt je een film tegen die je compleet uit je sokken blaast, en dit is er zo een.
De film geeft niet alleen een prachtige genuanceerde inkijk in de wereld waarin de hoofdpersoon leeft, maar schetst ook een erg mooi beeld van de manier waarop zijn levensvisie zich ontwikkelt.
Het acteerwerk van Riz Ahmed is geweldig, maar de overige acteurs overtuigen evenzeer. Het is dat het geen Hollywoodfilm is gelukkig maar , anders zou deze film minstens de helft van alle Oscars wegkapen.
Verhaal is interessant, vertelling minder. Het heen en weer geflits van plek en tijd werkte voor mij niet zo best.
Haalt de vaart er nogal uit. Het ligt er ook allemaal net iets te dik bovenop. De ontwikkelingen en beweegredenen zijn begrijpelijk, maar worden te voor de hand liggend in beeld gebracht.
Acteerwerk kan ermee door maar vond het niet super. Vooral Kate Hudson vond ik niet heel overtuigend. Al met al een kleine on voldoende.
Heerlijke zwoele film met een schitterende setting vol van folklore. With no job, an expiring visa and no reason to stay in the United States, he moves back to Lahore.
After returning to Lahore, he becomes a professor of finance at the local university. His experience and insight in world issues gains his admiration among students.
As a result, he becomes a mentor to large groups of students on various issues. He and his students actively participate in demonstrations against policies that were detrimental to the sovereignty of Pakistan.
Changez advocates nonviolence, but a relatively unknown student gets apprehended for an assassination attempt on an American representative, which brings the spotlight on Changez.
In a widely televised interview, he strongly criticizes the militarism of U. This act makes people surrounding him think that someone might be sent to intimidate him or worse.
As they sit in the cafe, Changez keeps noting that the American stranger is very apprehensive of their surroundings, that he is in possession of a sophisticated satellite phone on which he is repeatedly messaging, and that under his clothing there is a bulge which might be a gun.
Changez walks the stranger toward his hotel. As they walk, the American, now highly suspicious that he is in immediate danger, reaches into his pocket, possibly for a gun.
Changez says he trusts it is simply his holder of business cards. But the novel ends without revealing what was in his pocket, leaving the reader to wonder if the stranger was a CIA agent, possibly there to kill Changez, or if Changez, in collusion with the waiter from the cafe, had planned all along to do harm to the American.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an example of a dramatic monologue  and autodiegetic narration. Critic M. According to the critic, Hamid does this through the character of Erica, a novelist, who stands for Hamid's "Eureka" moments when Hamid as an author was inspired , taking the debate away from Erica as America.
The novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize , Howard Davies commenting at the time it was an 'unofficial runner-up' at a lecture at LSE.
The Guardian selected it as one of the books that defined the decade. The novel became a million-copy international best-seller.
In , Davidson College assigned this book to all incoming freshmen as a topic for later discussion during Freshman Orientation.
This book kicked off the theme of the school's year, which focused on diversity. Louis gave the book to each of its incoming freshmen, as a part of the "Freshmen Reading Program.
Ursinus College has incorporated the novel into their unique Common Intellectual Experience for freshmen students. Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas uses the book in all honors rhetoric classes for first-year students.
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Theatrical release poster. He becomes disillusioned with America for remaining neutral and not chastising India! Whatever the case, from here onwards Changez self-destucts.
He is sent on an important mission to Chile by Jim as a chance to rejuvenate his career, disregarding opposition from the company vice-president who accompanies him.
However, Changez does such a shoddy job on purpose and refuses to continue so that the company has no option other than to fire him.
The ostensible reason for this change is his realization that he is the modern-day equivalent of a Janissary Christian youths stolen away by Turks at the time of the Ottoman Empire and used as warriors , fighting for the evil American empire.
The reason I can see is that the guy is seriously screwed up. By now, we have reached the last twenty pages or so, and we see Changez racing into his fundamentalist career with gusto although specifics, other than a speech, are missing.
The narrative then suddenly slides into an ambiguous ending which is left open for reader interpretation.
It all depends on whether we accept Changez as a reliable or unreliable narrator. Obviously, it is meant to be explosive — but to me, it felt like a damp squib.
Tailpiece: In the West today in India, too Islamophobia is a serious concern. Singling out of Muslims as potential terrorists everywhere has done untold harm to religious harmony, and has resulted in many moderate Muslims embracing hardcore concepts.
Many of them are reluctant fundamentalists — Mohsin Hamid has tackled a real problem. Unfortunately, Changez cannot represent them. The review is up on my BLOG also.
View all 6 comments. Supremely interesting and well told, but I'll have to think a lot more about the ending. Still, I'm very glad I read it.
View 1 comment. At first, I thought "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" was a book about a radicalized extremest. That, if anything, reflects my own cultural expectations and prejudices as a American.
And just one of the ways that Hamid navigates ambiguity to manipulate his reader's emotions while making them think.
Hamid's protagonist Changez is far from a terrorist. And the titular fundamentalism has zero to do with religion. Instead, it refers to Changez's Yale-educated role as a Wall Street valuation analyst.
Where they focus on "fundamentals" as they lob off jobs from companies. For the most part, Changez is an extremely likable fellow.
Despite his education and the prestige of his career, he's lonely as any Pakistani immigrant in New York. In fact, he may even more-isolated and lonely than a poor immigrant cab driver.
Sure he has access to the halls of power, and an education they could only dream of, yet he is cut-off from the Pakistani community in New York, making him easy to empathize with.
As does the way he comports himself with his mentally ill, entitled novelist girlfriend is remarkable, touching an believable.
Based on the sweet, subtle, sensitive way he relates to her, I would be glad were he to date my daughter, sister or niece.
Another illustration of Changez's basic wholesomeness is his growing disillusion with his job. He knows his actions will cause people to lose their jobs.
While his professional detachment sort of insulates him -- he can tell himself "I'm only doing my job" -- he knows that his firm get people with real responsibilities fired.
People with families. And yet, this otherwise decent, hard-working character cannot help smiling when he sees the Twin Towers collapse.
He sees it as payback for the hubris he sees all around him as his Wall Street colleagues seem to lord-over the less well-off.
And when the "lower orders" are in another country, like the Philippines, their behavior grows worse. And yet, he too clings to the American prestige.
He too likes the gold-medal treatment. Despite his empathizing with his Emerging-World brothers and sisters, he enjoys the being more powerful than them.
And the way Hamid paints Changez's growing dissatisfaction with America is believable and spot on. It's not as if he backs the terrorists.
He is shocked at their actions. It seems so unfair, so bullying. How could the rich, powerful American state act so callously? What's more, a trained business mind, he is appalled that so much of the money goes to a handful of unnamed business interests.
Especially when he is nearly set-upon by anti-Islamic bullies. I would be remiss to omit the "frame" -- which is ingenious. Changez tells his story to an unnamed US male who looks military -- crew cut, athletic, well traveled -- in a suit view spoiler [ and carrying a satellite phone and something under his coat.
We never learn if it's a gun or a wallet. Hamid is crafty like that. Through Changez's reactions to him, we see how a rational, educated man who likes Americans, but sees through their bluster, can come to also fear Americans.
He's a Pakistani Muslim, while they're Anglo Christians, like the military-looking stranger he's speaking with. So much runs through the narrator's mind that shows how suspicion warps your perspective, and how distrust and war drives the distrust level to eleven.
Or just a tourist or business traveler wanting companionship? We never know. But we also see the distrust the American displays towards Pakistan's Muslims.
For instance, he is obsessed by a waiter who seems to be paying inordinate attention to him. Is the guy a terrorist, a thief, or looking to murder him?
And when Changez leaves the American at his hotel's gate, that waiter is jogging after them. Is the waiter running with something they left behind?
Or trying to catch a car? Or is he a radical Islamic terrorist about to assassinate the American stranger? He's content with asking them to reveal the biases we all bring to these encounters.
That said, I have seldom seen this much socio-political depth packed into so few pages. I have heard the movie is not so good, which does not surprise me.
Because this is a case where the book's style, structure and format match the material perfectly. A Hollywood treatment could only damage it.
That is a doozie. But this book is not easy. If you are a died-in-the-wool Conservative, you'll be put on your heels by the sentiment that America is not always right.
A died-in-the-wool Liberal will be appalled by his embrace, in the end, of a traditional Pakistan -- complete with sexism, veiled women and all. And my guess is that nearly all Americans will cringe when he smirks as the Towers collapse.
But that is the point. The truth is not easy. That Hamid could force me look past my identification with the American tribe is remarkable. I still like, and at times dislike, Changez.
But I understand him. Because of the captivating style and material, I am giving this five-stars. I have never read anything like it.
This was the Lehigh class of 's summer reading book that was supposed to be read before orientation. My mom bought it for me and several times asked me to read it, but that was before I read things and well after the point in my life where I took pleasure in completing optional schoolwork.
During my freshman orientation seminar, my small group had one discussion centered around the book. There was someone from the English department or some department that wasn't engineering and contained fa This was the Lehigh class of 's summer reading book that was supposed to be read before orientation.
There was someone from the English department or some department that wasn't engineering and contained faculty who could analyze a book reasonable well as well as an upperclassman who joined our group to further facilitate discussion.
The discussion was meaningless to me--I just wanted to know where the party was on that crucial second night of college.
Luckily, the upperclassman, who, it turned out, most certainly didn't read the book, was in a cool fraternity. I went to a fun party that night.
During the last day of orientation, the author of this book spoke to the entire freshman class. The was somewhat monumental, or so we were told because my class would never again be assembled in its entirety until graduation.
That said, we did lose a few good men along the way. I was impressed by the author's diction and command over the English language as he answered questions from overzealous valedictorians and other people who really wished they got into Princeton.
I was so impressed, in fact, that I almost asked him a question myself. Though I never seriously considered reading the book.
Nearly five years later, I found myself in my childhood home and not wanting to read a Wall Street non-fiction book or Atlas Shrugged. I like books now and still enjoy a raucous party.
The fraternity that I partied with that August night has long been kicked off campus. I found the Reluctant Fundamentalist and figured I could finish it before bed.
The perspective, diction, and delivery used in the book are equally smooth, charming, yet intellectual. This reminded me of the well dressed Pakistani who spoke to my freshman class many years ago.
The book just wasn't long enough or written in a way that gave this issue the importance that my alma mater's decision makers probably thought it did.
Instead, the two other themes in this book that deeply engaged me were two that were much more relevant to my own life.
For one, the concept of working for an "elite" firm that the general public has no idea exists but is often criticized as something that creates little actual value and destabilizes certain aspects of the economy is something that I can relate to.
I have worked in high-frequency trading, which some would peg as a futuristic analog to a boutique financial services firm.
As the book culminates, the author, who was once a top performer at his firm, mentally checks out and eventually leaves a project in South America, thus getting fired.
The mental checkout, top performer or not, objectively high-stress job or imagined, is a topic that I have never seen explored quite so well in a novel.
I have seen friends or acquaintances from college burn out, usually because they are able to find a therapeutic soothing by dedicating so many hours to vocation while not taking the time to heal peripheral sources of stress or pain.
This becomes unbearable over time, which is what happened to Changez in the novel. However, as a rising freshman, I would have more closely related to the main character's name reminding me of a Tupac song than this phenomenon.
The other part that I enjoyed was the main character's relationship with a beautiful girl who experienced trauma in that her previous boyfriend who she was in love with had died.
The previous relationship was revealed early in the novel, and this fact slowly gave way to a seemingly perfect love story.
However, the girl remained deeply mentally troubled despite having an objectively perfect life. I hope I'm not getting too personal here, but there were many parallels between the girl in the story and a girl I dated in the past.
A boyfriend having died not being a part of that story. The way that the author wrote about the character's infatuation with this girl and the way the relationship unfolded--there is absolutely no way that Mohsin Hamid hasn't experienced a similar sequence of events.
The overlap was uncanny, eerie even. My story didn't have as miserable as an ending and I feel it's necessary to state that "the scene" in no way resembles anything I've ever experienced, but I'm still reeling over what I read.
The man has a gift for writing. This is a moving work and this is an important work. I see the potential for mass appeal but, frankly, I think it's misguided to mandate that swaths of people read this book with the hopes that they'll become more tolerant and understanding of Muslims.
There are too many loose ends, a baffling ending, and tangential themes that detract from what I'm not even completely sure was intended to be the main point of the book.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a lesson in civility. Its pacing is practiced and hospitable. There is ceremony and sublimation.
His shadowy interlocutor is an American of unknown intentions. The novel offers a modest immigrant's tale.
While it is clear there is extreme emotion just under the surface, the notion of any real threat remains uncertain. It is this menac The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a lesson in civility.
It is this menace which propels the narrative, enhances our suspicions, allows to err on the side of a hasty credible threat.
The novel is masterful as an illumination, as an idyll and as a pointing a finger at our own fears. I loved Moth Smoke but Hamid falls woefully short of the poetry and inventiveness of his first novel in this hackneyed, boring and utterly forgettable novelette that fails both as a polemical rant against american foreign policy Rage Against The Machine does a better job and is more believable and on a more basic human level as a love story.
Th I loved Moth Smoke but Hamid falls woefully short of the poetry and inventiveness of his first novel in this hackneyed, boring and utterly forgettable novelette that fails both as a polemical rant against american foreign policy Rage Against The Machine does a better job and is more believable and on a more basic human level as a love story.
In other words a TRUE revolutionary. The interests of Hamid's much denounced muslim nation he identifies with Afghanistan as much as he does with Pakistan would be much better served had he produced a more self critical novel that would cause the average pakistani or generic third world muslim to introspect and self reflect about why they are such non-entities on the world stage other than BLAME AMERICA FIRST and perhaps suggest some way they might be able to pull themselves up by the bootstrap and get out from under the heel of the IMF, the World Bank and the instruments of America's considerable military might.
In the end Changez has only himself to blame for his downfall, just like the muslims he identifies with. Jan 27, K. Shelves: non-core , ex The story is told in first person as if the narrator is talking to you he addresses you 'sir' directly.
It took me awhile to get used to it because Hamid did not introduce his characters first before starting this narrative. The plot is simple: Changez is a Pakistani young man who has finished his degree at Princeton, lands a good paying job at Underwood Samson and is having an affair with Erica who seems to be his ticket to full entry to Manhattan's powerful and rich circles.
I think I expected too much from the many 4 and 5 stars that my friends here on Goodreads have given to this book so when I started this I was ready to be amazed.
Sadly, that moment did not come and at times I was bored especially with the love story of Changez and Erica with the latter still in-love with her dead boyfriend Chris.
It's corny, predictable and cheapens the impact of supposedly a powerful message of racial discrimination in the light of global terrorism.
An example of this is when Erica can't make love to Changez so the poor man has to say "Pretend I am him. I mean, the love story of Jack and Rose provided the sample of two lovers' personal tragedy amidst the bigger tragedy of the sinking Titanic but I cannot say the same of Changez and Erica as their drama is totally mawkish and their characters, caricaturist.
I was able to relate with some scenes in the book like when I go to the US, the airport security always asks me to line up in the non-American queue because I show them a non-American driver's license.
Then in that queue, they frisk the people thoroughly even after passing through that enclosed x-ray that looks like a big closet full of blowing air.
I know that it is the prerogative of the U. This is an okay book. Not blown away as I was expecting Emir, because of your five stars but I did not dislike it.
Easy to read dramatic monologue but rubbed me the wrong way or maybe failed to rub on me at all. View all 11 comments. Jun 01, Saadia B.
CritiConscience rated it it was ok. The story starts off with a bearded man named Changez sharing his experiences of living in America to a stranger, coincidentally an American citizen, whom he met at a road side cafe in Lahore while having tea with him.
Changez, in his head believes that he belongs to an affluent family, yet frequently talks about the decaying conditions of his family house in Lahore.
Went on a scholarship to Princeton University, got into a high end financial corporation and met Erica, the girl of his dreams. Bu The story starts off with a bearded man named Changez sharing his experiences of living in America to a stranger, coincidentally an American citizen, whom he met at a road side cafe in Lahore while having tea with him.
Blog Instagram Facebook LinkedIn Mohsin Hamid also wrote "Moth Smoke," and that brought me to this book--the flashy title could have been ignored.
At first, the way he wrote it seemed charming but quickly turned annoying. The story is about a young Pakistani guy who comes to America, goes to Yale, and earns his way to a highly competitive job as a financial analyst.
He is in love with an annoying girl. He assimilates and loves his life in America but his outlook changes after September Unfortunately, Hamid doesn't really ta Mohsin Hamid also wrote "Moth Smoke," and that brought me to this book--the flashy title could have been ignored.
Unfortunately, Hamid doesn't really take care of that transition very well. He leaves it hanging in places. The book hurtles forward giving you the expectation that it will explain how the main character's trajectory changes, but it doesn't give much.
While Hamid describes the book as a love story, he makes just enough commentary on America's colonialist attitude which he writes almost as prose--it's worth cutting out and gluing to In other words, he doesn't paint a complete picture--and I don't just mean that he says things I disagree with.
It's the book's promise that makes it disappointing--and makes it inflate any previous frustration with assimilation, how we define fundamentalism, and colonialism.
The reluctant fundamentalist promises a lot, but ends up just so plain, and bland. Firstly, the title is misleading, there's nothing about religion, chauvinism, or fundamentalism.
It's mostly, the turmoil of a Pakistani secular muslim, who apparently, is in love-hate relationship with America, and this girl, Erica. The prose and style reminds me too much of The Fall by Albert Camus, second person narrative, talking to a stranger in a cafe.
I guess the writer didn't want to write anything serious The reluctant fundamentalist promises a lot, but ends up just so plain, and bland.
I guess the writer didn't want to write anything serious except the title. For one thing, the great east-west cultural conflict is well done, and its real short.
Just in the same manner that America erroneously idealizes a pre-September Eleven Utopia in the United States, Erica idealizes her relationship with her deceased boyfriend Chris; likewise, just how America is unable to let go of the past by engaging in blind vengeful tactics against the Middle East, so is Erica unable to let go of her past relationship with Chris and so she recedes into insanity and an eventual unexplained disappearance from the planet.
Erica is one of the most important characters in The Reluctant Fundamentalist because she is the corporeal representation of everything Changez dreams of in America.
Erica is the typical wealthy and outgoing American girl, but she differs from other young women in her class in that she has suffered the tragedy of losing the love of her life to unconquerable and merciless Death.
Though she displays more interest in Changez than any of the other young men with who she surrounds herself in her social circle, the stubborn adherence to old memories with her true but deceased love prevent her from moving on and accepting a healthy relationship with Changez.
Erica loved Chris to such extent that even so much time after his unfortunate death, she is still unable to exonerate herself of the deep wound this inflicted on her; consequently, she unable to allow Changez in her life.
There is enough textual evidence to suggest that Mohsin Hamid probably created the character of Erica as an allegorical representation for America.
America, too, is wealthy and outgoing in world affairs, and just like Erica, suffered a tragedy from which it does not yet seem to fully recover.
Even as he establishes himself as a professor in Pakistan, Changez will never be the same after having had known Erica and having had lived in America for approximately five years.
He, too, has been afflicted by the nostalgia epidemic and seems to display no interest in moving on emotionally. What Chris was to Erica is what Erica has become to Changez—a fantasy, a dream of an idealized past that can vanish when faced with the facts of reality.
Changez, too, is afraid of letting go. I think I would have enjoyed this book more had I not found Changez's character to be so predictable and hypocritical.
He says "I myself was a form of indentured servant whose right to remain in the US was dependent upon the continued benevolence of my employer. Also interesting that he would describe Erica's father as speaking with a "typically American undercurrent of condescension" while doling out the same narrative, throughout the entire book, while speaking to his American acquaintance in Pakistan.
I do think that this book is very accurate in its description of how one in Pakistan, and plenty of other countries, are likely to view America.
Their society was amazing before the US was around and yet the US is somehow to blame for their own lack of progress in say the last thousand years or so.
The spill from candle wax was no biggie in Pakistan but surely would have resulted in a huge lawsuit in the US.
As if no American carries a scar that didn't lead to the blaming of a corporation and subsequent lawsuit. I wish that I didn't think that this novel is as spot on as I believe it to be but as long as societies fail and continue to blame the US rather than searching their own souls, I am left about as hopeful for peace as I was after reading Infidel.
It is interesting that a character so apparently progressive and informed so quickly judges an entire society of people by the actions of a few or its foreign policy while taking no responsibility for the actions of his own people, his own government, or the select neighboring countries he views as friends.
So far a total disappointment. Changez lists his academic accomplishments, his skills as a soccer player and his rapid recovery from his knee injury, which do little to impress Jim.
Jim asks Changez personal questions about his financial situation, but seems indifferent to other aspects of his personality — his home, his city, his culture.
As a result, his interest in Changez as a fully-formed human being is questionable. Jim believes that a close connection exists between himself and Changez because of their similar socioeconomic background.
Changez takes a moment to explain his financial situation to the Stranger more precisely. His family was once rich and powerful, but its wealth has been shrinking for generations.
His relatives, both male and female, work for a living, though they continue to employ servants, live in the most expensive part of Lahore, hold memberships in various elite clubs, and attend the parties and weddings of the Pakistani elite.
Around his Princeton friends, Changez adopts an air of wealth and sophistication, but like Jim , he secretly works to support himself and his family, choosing places where his classmates are unlikely to run into him.
Changez resumes telling the Stranger about his job interview. Jim gives him a difficult problem to solve: he has to value a hypothetical company whose only service is a teleportation machine that transports people from New York to London.
Changez is surprised, but uses his athletic experience to calm himself, and goes to work solving the problem.
His final valuation of the company is far too high; his mistake, Jim tells him, is to assume that many customers would be interested in a product that reassembles them in another part of the world.
In spite of his mistake, Changez succeeds in gaining a job offer from Jim , since his approach to solving the problem was correct, and Underwood Samson will be able to train him to assess companies more accurately.
Young and idealistic, Changez believes that working for Underwood Samson — and, following through on the symbolism of Underwood Samson, living in the United States — will help him and his family because it will change him into a confident, perceptive man, just as it changed Jim.
Back in Pakistan, the Stranger has finished his drink. Meanwhile, the Stranger seems to be becoming more comfortable around Changez. Cite This Page.
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