Set in the years following 9/11, The Reluctant Fundamentalist tackles, through the engaging, articulate words of its narrator Changez, what it is to be a Pakistani living in the suspicious, terrorism-altered Western world. The novel is brief, and the narration takes place during the course of one long evening in a Lahore café. The reader, addressed as ‘you’, takes on the persona of an American businessman or CIA agent – the exact occupation and reason for his presence in Lahore is never made clear – and is approached by a bearded young gentleman, who invites himself to join ‘you’ at ‘your’ table. Over the course of cups of tea, snacks and a delicious evening meal, the stranger, who introduces himself as Changez, becomes a friend, describing his life during the years he lived in America, interspersed with snapshots of Lahore life. Changez arrives in America as a student of Princeton University, where he studies for a business degree, graduating with high honours and successfully gaining a training contract at top valuation firm Underwood Samson. Upon graduating, before his employment begins, he goes on a celebratory holiday to Greece with some wealthy university friends, among them a girl named Erica. Changez soon falls for Erica, but has to content himself at first with being simply friends – Erica is still mourning her first boyfriend, who died from cancer a year earlier. Back in New York, Changez accustoms himself to his working life with alacrity, displaying excellent financial and business skills and reaching first place amongst his peers quickly; at the same time he maintains his relations with Erica, visiting her in her parents’ home and accompanying her to parties and restaurants. Changez is on a work assignment in Manila when the World Trade Centre is attacked on 11th September 2001. Although at first pleased to see America ‘brought to her knees’, he is concerned for Erica and the victims of the city in which he lives. Upon flying back to New York he finds life there markedly different – beginning when he is strip-searched at the airport and treated as a foreigner, despite having lived there for years. This is the turning point of the novel, from when Changez begins to feel uncomfortable in America and starts his revolt against his company and its capitalist values. Against a background of war raging between America and Afghanistan, and India and his home country of Pakistan, Changez becomes increasingly uneasy. His relationship with Erica reaches its peak when he succeeds in making love to her, but after this she falls into a decline, unable any longer to repress the memory of her dead boyfriend. After a short trip home, Changez returns to find Erica in a clinic, where he goes to visit her. Becoming increasingly uneasy in New York, he eventually begins to question his values upon a trip to Chile, where an elderly publisher discusses the janissaries of the Crusades with him, with whom Changez can instantly identify. He stops work and resolves to leave his job at Underwood Samson. Once fired from his job, he is forced to leave America and return to Lahore. Before doing so he attempts to visit Erica once more, but is told she has gone missing. A visit to her mother provides him with a copy of
See No Evil:
The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism
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See No Evil Review
This report is based on the book; See No Evil, by Robert Baer. To be honest, I didn't read Baer's book. I listened to the audio version which has Robert Baer himself reading his book. While flying commuter and mail flights, I was able to listen to Baer’s adventures in the Middle East. There…
Final Review – History 1051
World War II
Roosevelt’s foreign Policy
Good Neighbor Policy
Recognition of Soviet Union
Causes of War
World Wide Depression
Lack of International Agency (No U.N. U.S not in League of Nations)
Support for Hitler and Mussolini
The Atomic Bomb
Why we dropped it.
Opening “Pandora’s Box”
Eisenhower – War Hero but warned of the Military Industrial…
other democracies can fight terrorism while preserving liberty and maintaining a healthy society. He draws on the first WTC bombings and the Oklahoma City case as examples of domestic terrorism that can be addressed with the policies he lays out. (Review by Camille Reynolds)
Terrorism And America
A Commonsense Strategy for a Democratic Society
By Philip B. Heymann
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What are the causes of terrorism and how can it be stopped?
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Final Test Review 2013 Fall
1. All of the following factors promoted the growth of suburbs
a. Low cost government loans.
b. Expanded road and highway construction.
c. Increased automobile production.
d. The baby boom.
2. The mood of the “Beat Generation’ is best reflected in which Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.
3. The decade of the 1950’s was characterized by women doing what?
4. All of the following were reasons why a consumer culture appeared in the 1950’s
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Suns, had much to do with the same issues that were addressed in his first book The Kite Runner, except this time, instead of giving a childhood point of view of Afghanistan, he gave the female perspective, which received many renowned awards and reviews. Khaled is now 48, and is currently taking a break from writing and helping with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, located in California.
Throughout the course of history, women’s rights have been questioned, debated, and taken…
Taliban: A Woman’s Story
Women in Global Conflict
April 15, 2013
12 years ago in the week of March 24 the Afghanistan war began. Many people have forgotten about this war because it officially ended in 2011 with the withdrawal of mostly all American troops. The war in Afghanistan has ended on paper but the struggle continues for Afghan women. Many aspects of their lives are affected by the Taliban. Everything they do is monitored and if deemed wrong they…