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En pojke föds på landsbygden i ett land som kan vara Pakistan. Att stanna i byn skulle innebära ett hårt, fattigt liv och mest troligt ett för tidigt slut. Men vår huvudperson har ett annat öde framför sig. Berättaren driver honom framåt: Att bli snuskigt rik är möjligt, men kräver uppoffringar. Pojken gör allting rätt. Han flyttar till stan, utbildar sig, arbetar hårt och bygger upp ett affärsimperium genom att hörsamma berättarens råd: undvik idealister, var beredd att ta till våld och, viktigast av allt, bli inte kär. För det här är också en historia om kärlek, om en pojke och en flicka som livet igenom har en stark längtan till varandra och vars vägar korsas gång på gång. Med sina två första romaner etablerade sig Mohsin Hamid som en nyskapande berättare med fingret på världens puls. Nu är han tillbaka med en roman som lånat självhjälpbokens form. Så blir du snuskigt rik i det snabbväxande Asien beskriver i tolv kapitel hur du tar dig från extrem fattigdom till snuskig rikedom. [Elib]… (mer)
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Titel:By Mohsin Hamid - How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia (1st Edition) (2.3.2013)
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Brilliant, brilliant book. Formally daring, withering and pointed about the realities of contemporary life on the Indian subcontinent, deeply insightful, humane and touching. ( )
  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
Well written although for me I want to read a book to know a character. The anonymity of this character, his surroundings, and the people in his life made it hard for me to feel very engaged with him. He kept himself at an arms length from the reader and switched between talking about himself in second and third person narrative which made it hard to really empathize with him. ( )
  Sarah_NOVA | Jul 11, 2021 |
I can't recall having read any other second person books before, but I am curious to give more a try after this. I think part of what made the second person work for this novel was the fact that many details around setting especially were rather vague. I am a person who enjoys stories that are simply about a person(s) life, which, at face value, is what this book is about. Though, I think it also is making commentary about social systems and other things in the course of the novel in the way it shows how the protagonists life progresses and changes over the course of their life.

I definitely want to read more by this author in the future.

Content Warning: some short, somewhat graphic descriptions of bodily functions including one sex scene ( )
  Sara_Cat | May 31, 2021 |
By all rights I should be resentful towards this novel - its cutesy metafictional conceit, its breezy tone, its tearjerking ending that I'd probably scoff at if it was in a movie - but I liked it. It's a quick parody of self-help books, a brief overview of the logic of development in a poor, unnamed Southeast Asian country, and a convincing life story of an unnamed boy who goes from rural poverty to owning a large water distillation company, falling in love, starting a family, and dealing with the complications of old age at the end. Hamid's Saramago-esque decision not to give anyone names - the protagonist is "you", the possibly Islamic Indonesia-ish country is just "the country", the main love interest is "the pretty girl", the wife is "the wife", etc. - isn't ever annoying, the story of the protagonist's rise to power is compelling, and I do have to confess that the end of the book, where after all of his turmoil he finally reunites with his distant first love, is actually pretty moving. I was somewhat puzzled by the fact that over the 80ish years of the protagonist's lifespan, the country around him didn't seem to age technologically at quite the same rate, but that's minor quibbling. A good quick read. ( )
  aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
Mr. Hamid employs an interesting 2nd person narrative in the structure of this self help book parody which enables him to wryly give advice to an unnamed man in a unnamed Asian city on how to get rich. The protagonist begins working for a food vendor whose prices are lower because they change the label on the expired goods. He then goes into his own water bottling business. The chapter titles announce the topic and he grows older with each section,(Move to the city, Don't fall in love, Learn from a master.) and as we follow his journey which shows him following the advice of the how to book, we realize what kind of life this is leaving him and what he is going to be unable to attain. The language here is wonderfully phrased because of the structure set up:
"You do not know much about women, but you know a fair bit about sales, and it is apparent to you that this is a case when you must let the customer seek you out, lest you devalue your product completely."

"Because if you truly want to become filthy rich in rising Asia, as we appear to have established that you do, then sooner or later you must work for yourself. The fruits of labor are delicious, but individually they’re not particularly fattening. So don’t share yours, and munch on those of others whenever you can."

In the course of the man's life there is also a love story with a girl from his youth know only to us as the "pretty one". We are given glimpses of her rise to fame as well as a once famous model to a fading soap opera star. Their connection though is one of the highlights of the narrative and presents a touching portrait.

I continue to admire this author's clever observations in this the third book of his I've read. Highly recommend, and if you're new to Mr. Hamid, check out The Reluctant Fundamentalist. ( )
  novelcommentary | Oct 7, 2020 |
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It’s a love story and a study of seismic social change. It parodies a get-rich-quick book and gestures to a new direction for the novel, all in prose so pure and purposeful it passes straight into the bloodstream. It intoxicates.
tillagd av zhejw | ändraNew York Times, Parul Sehgal (Mar 29, 2013)
 
Novelist Mohsin Hamid lives in Lahore, Pakistan, quite some distance from the Long Island of Jay Gatsby. But his new novel — his third and, I think, best so far — reminded me of F. Scott Fitzgerald's quintessential American work. As I read this novel about the dark and light of success in a world of social instability, I kept asking myself how much I might be inflating the value of Hamid's novel by rating it so highly. After all, this story takes the form of a gimmick, and gimmicks usually work against real quality....

[T]his tale of an unscrupulous striver may bring to mind a globalized version of The Great Gatsby. Given the unabashed gimmickry of Hamid's how-to design, it's a pleasant surprise to find that his book is nearly that good.
tillagd av zhejw | ändraNPR, Alan Cheuse (Feb 27, 2013)
 
Mohsin Hamid’s audacious novels have changed the way we see Pakistan. His electrifying new work is his most impressive yet... But Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generation, and his electrifying new novel, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, successfully (if satirically) follows, in its structure and in the voice of its narrator, the self-help format.
 
In this one he essays a touching love story between the protagonist and a beautiful village girl who uses her physical attributes to build her own wealth. But love is a luxury in conditions of economic struggle. The pair remain tantalisingly estranged for much of the book, only finding each other when – tellingly – they abandon their material ambitions.

If Hamid set out to write a satire on the globalised dream of consumer-driven economic development, he ends up being undermined by the strength of his characters. You can't help but root for them in their perilous climb out of the mire of penury, while all the time being relieved that you are not really "you".
 
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En pojke föds på landsbygden i ett land som kan vara Pakistan. Att stanna i byn skulle innebära ett hårt, fattigt liv och mest troligt ett för tidigt slut. Men vår huvudperson har ett annat öde framför sig. Berättaren driver honom framåt: Att bli snuskigt rik är möjligt, men kräver uppoffringar. Pojken gör allting rätt. Han flyttar till stan, utbildar sig, arbetar hårt och bygger upp ett affärsimperium genom att hörsamma berättarens råd: undvik idealister, var beredd att ta till våld och, viktigast av allt, bli inte kär. För det här är också en historia om kärlek, om en pojke och en flicka som livet igenom har en stark längtan till varandra och vars vägar korsas gång på gång. Med sina två första romaner etablerade sig Mohsin Hamid som en nyskapande berättare med fingret på världens puls. Nu är han tillbaka med en roman som lånat självhjälpbokens form. Så blir du snuskigt rik i det snabbväxande Asien beskriver i tolv kapitel hur du tar dig från extrem fattigdom till snuskig rikedom. [Elib]

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