The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist book coverWhen Mohsin Hamid starting writing The Reluctant Fundamentalist in the year 2000, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 hadn’t yet happened.  The story was originally that of Changez, a successful Pakistani businessman living in New York, who was deciding if he was comfortable with his life as it was or if he wanted to return to his homeland.  After September 11, 2001, things changed in the United States and so too did the crux of Moshin’s novel.  The story then developed into one in which his Pakistani character confronts his own complicated feelings toward the attacks and his now-changed place in American society. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a perceptive exploration of the misconceptions, fear and unease that exist between the West and Muslim society.