The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid, Author, Satya Bhabha, Read by , read by Satya Bhabha. BBC Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-60283-177-3

Hamid grabs hold of the American Dream as seen through the eyes of a young Princeton grad from Pakistan in a post-9/11 world. As the protagonist, Changez, finds moderate business success and romantic love in New York City, his heritage and identity will be lost in a sea of subtle and blatant bigotry as well as international politics. In relating this journey from loving to loathing of all things American, Changez speaks to a nameless and speechless American whom he encounters in the marketplace of his home city, Lahore, Pakistan. Bhabha’s English-influenced Pakistani accent proves soothing and inviting for listeners. His gentle demeanor captures the courteous and polite manner of Changez. His American accent comes in the form of a Midwestern accent with a confident—almost arrogant—lilt. He lapses when it comes to vocalizing women. Though lighter, his voice exudes a stoic resonance instead of a feminine one. But the casual tone of Changez telling his life story translates perfectly with the help of Bhabha’s velvet voice. Simultaneous release with the Harcourt hardcover (Reviews, Dec. 11). (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2007
Release date: 04/01/2007
Genre: Audio
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