How to Get Filthy Rich is the third novel by Mohsin Hamid, and it is every bit as excellent as The Reluctant Fundamentalist - his previous, multiple award-winning, novel.
This novel chronicles the life of an unnamed young boy who begins life in dire poverty in an unnamed location on the Indian subcontinent, the journey he embarks on in order to become a successful business tycoon, and the path his personal life takes right up until the moment of his death some seventy years later. Further, it does this whilst simultaneously examining themes such as corruption, family strife, as well as the social and economic upheavals faced by citizens of developing countries.
It is written in a highly original style - the structure of the book itself is a parody of a self-help guide, featuring the reader as the recipient of this advice. Every chapter provides instructions on how to be successful in life, with the events of the protagonist's life demonstrating how life does everything but play out by those instructions.
A Visit from the Goon Squad weaves a series of interconnected narratives into an unusual and imaginative novel. Each of the non-chronological chapters focus on different places, different perspectives and different times spanning over four decades, but each of them revolve around the same set of characters, lending the novel a strange sense of nostalgia throughout.
The novel revolves around the music industry and it uses the culture surrounding the industry as a backdrop to themes such as the loss of innocence, the consequences of choices, the nature of integrity, self-destruction, and the effects of the passage of time. While the underlying ideas examined have the potential to be emotionally draining for readers, Egan uses wit and humour to make them engaging and insightful instead.
A Visit from the Goon Squad has an enthralling plot that is only enhanced by the complexity of the characters and a unique structure - the chapter written entirely in the form of a PowerPoint presentation was an especially pleasant surprise! It is truly a refreshing read and it is easy to see why it won a Pulitzer Prize.
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