‘How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia’
The third novel from Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid proves that his 2007 masterpiece, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (film version coming in May), was no fluke. Couched as a self-help book advising its young nameless addressee how to lift himself out of urban poverty, “Filthy Rich” offers tips that range from the practical (“Get an Education,” “Work for Yourself”) to the cynical (“Avoid Idealists,” “Dance with Debt”). Along the way, it offers an astonishingly vivid look at a broken, corrupt society where millions dream of getting “filthy rich.” It also has a thing or two to say about the role that love plays in even the most money-hungry life.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer
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