I like to go to the bookshop and treat myself to a few random books without reading the back cover and this one turned out to be a real treat! I loved the portrayal of current immigration issues with a twist of magic. It surprised me and kept my attention, a great read.
Found the plot very slow moving and containing little or no surprises. Characters were quite bland and overall I was surprised that this made the Booker Shortlist. Having read Hamids previous work I felt that this was very samey offering nothing new.
The idea of the book is great and I was very much looking forward to the adventures of the 2 main characters Nadia & Saeed. I was very disappointed by the slowness of the narrative, the lack of depth of both main characters and how the plot developed. Really sad as I had high expectations: a waste of time to read this book.
Reaches deep into the psyche of the dispossessed. The concept of going through a door into another life without tracking the painful process, I found engaging.
The pathos of lives that come together during a crisis and cling on for different reasons, become intimate even and the subsequently disengagement of those unnaturally constructed ties are presented in a way that the reader empathisers with the two main characters and is saddened by the result whilst realising that it is the only possible outcome.
The chaos in London, the tension between established communities and the other as well as between those communities within the other, is very relevant to the times we live in.
The four stars instead of five is because I was not certain about the flow of the story to the end.
Oddly bloodless tale of migrants and their migrations. This never really seemed to get going which may itself have been a metaphor for the transient lives of our protagonists, but it felt kind of weightless which is the exact opposite of how I remember The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
loved this book - part fantasy, but grounded in the current environment where immigration, status of refugees and national identity and where we sit in the world. One of those books that make you sit up and take another look at things.
I haven't yet finished reading it completely, though I believe the narrative thread is ok. Some parts engage me more, more others, somewhat, become a bit static, and boring. I think it has to do with the fact that what the book narrates as the state of affairs from the western world to those who have to search for a refugee status somewhere else in the world.
Manages to give a real insight into how it feels to be a refugee or asylum seeker and shows how one could become radicalised, although that isn’t the main thrust of the story. Cleverly makes you look at your own attitudes and prejudices but without seeming to. Both sad and uplifting. The main characters are interesting and sympathetic, you care about them.
A good short read although at times a little perplexing , one has to use quite a bit of imagination . I'm not sure if it's a love story or something else . I must admit I enjoyed his other books a tad better than this one .
I quite enjoyed this. It started well and I cared about the characters, but it then became increasingly quirky and jumpy, leaving ‘reality’ behind and I liked it less. A little moving at the end, it should have been more so.