I finished The Reluctant Fundamentalist last night just in time to met up with the book club after work today. I forgot how much i enjoy book clubs, the discussion, the different things remembered or forgotten, the opinions, and we always seem to go to places with good food. Tonight it was the Nation’s Capital Alum Club group for a book I don’t think I would have found on my own. Even though it’s a New York Times Best Seller and was on the short list for The Booker Prize. It came out a few years before I cared about books or the NYTs.
The book it’s self i enjoyed, it was different and I so enjoy that surprise me and brake the model. How it was written was unlike anything I had read before, and it was written in such an unique way.
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We had a great conversion about how it was a coming of age story, in a way that American stories don’t tell it. The things that are left for you to wonder about. You assume what happen to Erica but you are not sure, you can guess what happens on the last page, but there is so much more going on in this book. I appreciate a story that in 184 pages that got me thinking so much. We talked about how we viewed our storyteller, how his name is downplayed (almost like Holden Caulfield i though), and the nature of how the Chargez is so young and we can forget that so easily.
Two liked the book one didn’t but the convo was really good, I really liked the book. I realize how young I really was in the 9/11 time and how little I knew of the world then. I can see now how American I was and how I had no idea what the global impact of build up to war had on nations other that ones fighting.
Highly recommend this book, and a convo after you read it.