Wednesday, July 3, 2013

How to get filthy rich in rising Asia

This week, my book post on the s+b blogs calls out a novel that offers lessons about the pursuit of wealth.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia  
It’s always enlightening—and enjoyable—to read business literature that actually qualifies as literature. And Mohsin Hamid’s new novel fits the bill perfectly.
Hamid, whose previous novels, The Moth Smoke and The Reluctant Fundamentalist, were shortlisted for several major literary awards, including the Booker Prize, creatively appropriates the self-help format in How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. It’s the life story of an unnamed man, an amoral Horatio Alger who is born to a poor family in a rural village in a country that sounds a lot like India (but could be any developing nation with an emerging economy) the rest here.

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