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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Easy and good read, but hard to read well.

From the many poor reviews, I am guessing this one was not for everyone. I'm not totally surprised why though.

The writing is great. He paints a perfect picture of Pakistan, with little details of the heat (because it is hot) or the smell of jasmines. However, this g...
From the many poor reviews, I am guessing this one was not for everyone. I'm not totally surprised why though.

The writing is great. He paints a perfect picture of Pakistan, with little details of the heat (because it is hot) or the smell of jasmines. However, this great writing and story is missed, due to the controversial content.

He is a Pakistani man who lives in America. Went to Yale and is 22 with a fantastic job that pays $80, 000 a year. He has never received less than an A at Yale. So he speaks with aggroance? This aggroance is well-deserved.

The story progresses as he lives in New York post 9/11. What an idenitity crisis for any Middle Eastern in America after 9/11! Living in a land you love, but being called a terrorist constantly!

The story was extremely exciting, because the author places you in the conversation. You are forced to be the constantly neverous American on the other line. And by the end pf the book, like this American who has listened to the narrator's story, you feel ill-eased. Should I agree with him? Or should I hate him?

Many have choosen to hate this narrator. And that is okay. Because in as the story ends, the reader is not told how to feel, they are forced to choose. Meaning, (spoiler alert) the last lines of the book--"Now that I have trusted you with this story, I hope that piece of metal is a busniess card holder." We don't know...is he pulling out a gun? Is he a friend or is he a foe? Are you a friend or are you a foe?

posted by Phia on March 9, 2011

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A Reluctant Counterpoint to Changez

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A Reluctant Counterpoint for Changez, July 29, 2009
By Wordsworth "David" (Greenwich, CT) - See all my reviews
I am now sipping a regular coffee at a Borders Cafe near Greenwich, CT after finishing your novel. Why is it that I am so disappointed in your literary work? As a Pakistani, you have come to know the best that America has to offer. Were you not admitted to the Ivy League at Princeton in place of a brilliant but perhaps more appreciative even a disadvantaged American citizen? Did you not then receive a high-paying job at a prestigious New York financial firm and send your earnings to your homeland? Did you not fall in love with a beautiful and intelligent, although psychologically scarred, Princeton woman from New York? Did you not enjoy prime business assignments and bonuses at the expense of your American counterparts, who were downsized during an economic downturn caused by 911 in New York? And yet you sympathize with the 911 attackers. Isn't this odd attitude of yours quite curious? It makes me think. You then become an anti-American advocate in your native land. I suppose, we should be grateful to you for your ubiquitous but most expressive, veiled ingratitude. The waitress comes with my modest bill. She smiles at me. But she is, no doubt, merely seeking a higher tip, wouldn't you agree? I will return your novel to Borders and seek my money back. I ask myself why I am so deeply offended by your novel. The greatest offense is perhaps that you have become so enriched by book sales in America of your very, very short novella. Another kindess from America plus such radiant critical reviews -- it boggles one's mind, does it not, at your opportunity and good fortune in America? I must deem your ingratitude an enigma but I see you shaking your head. Why do you seem so surprised by my natural counterpoint? Have you ever asked yourself what your life would be like if you had never left Lahore for America. Can you honestly deal with your fundamental, personal ingratitude as your homeland indifferently harbors our most mortal enemy in its mystic mountains -- a fervant fundamentalist who killed 3,000 innocent Americans working productively in the same business as you in New York, including many working parents who left widows and orphans behind in my home town only 35 miles away from Ground Zero? Did you not know that I volunteered to feed the firefighters and rescue squads there after the pernicious attack by radical fundamentalists on the Pile and then the Pit at the Twin Towers? Forgive me, but I am fundamentally offended by your creative work. Forgive me, yet again, if I urge my fellow American readers through an obnoxious narrative conceit, so like your own, to forsake your novel utterly and deeply urge them not to buy it.

posted by WordsworthGreenwich on July 29, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Question

    What does clut meen? I heard that word in a song once please reply.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    The book

    Well i really dont like it so......i think that means you shouldnt..?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

    Good, quick read.

    Good, quick read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Could have been a geat Could have been a great read - instead a very poor ending

    Very good perspective for delivery and style - tough to swallow, a bit too shallow
    I would say save your money

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Interesting

    Book with different perspective

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Derp

    Derp

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Brilliant and fascinating

    Unusual and captivating story - one of my favorite books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2012

    Hi

    It was a great book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

    Wonderful

    It has been a while since i've read this book, but I rember being completely captivated by it. It is definitely a worthwhile read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    wasr Te Waste of miney Waste of money

    Why bother coming here then!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2012

    Interesting

    New perspecive

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Complex and understated

    It's the quieter points in the narrative that seem to punch you in the gut. This is more of a character study than a plot-driven novel. Every sentence is incedibly self-aware, and I recommend it for those willing to read withiut preconceived notions of, well, anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT

    just kiddin

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    A different p Perspective

    This is a great read for anyone thinking they understand the american dream.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Delusional

    Filled with typical paki delusions.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    Superb

    Leads one down the path, seems inevitable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Excellent story

    Great story of how various types of love can affect you - love of family, love of home, love of success, love of another - abd how it can take you different places than you might think.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Pool/hot tub

    Wolf

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