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Moth Smoke por Mohsin Hamid
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Moth Smoke (original 2000; edição 2011)

por Mohsin Hamid (Autor)

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When Daru Shezad is fired from his banking job he falls from the ranks of Pakistan's cell-phone-toting elite into a life of drugs and crime. But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed.
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Título:Moth Smoke
Autores:Mohsin Hamid (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2011), 320 pages
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In this book our main character Daru Shezad is fired from his well paying job in a bank and starts a spiraling descent into poverty and drug abuse. Along the way we see how his associates from both sides of the social spectrum see life. The story is anchored from the start on a court case in which Daru is in the dock for a murder that he may or may not have commited. Another solid book from Hamid which feels as though he is writing from personal experience. ( )
  Brian. | Apr 9, 2021 |
This debut novel is very similar to Hamid’s second and even better novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, with another main character who makes stupid decisions, frequently acts in the heat of anger, and is afflicted with desire for an unattainable woman. But there is something about his writing that makes the reader feel that she is in every room the character enters and can observe the swerves with great frustration. Here, Daru loses his temper and his bank position in Lahore, and his status suffers, especially as compared to his wealthy friends. You can see the train wreck coming and the deceptions Daru feeds himself, and how he feels taken advantage of even as he lies and oppresses others. As unlikable as he can be, Hamid's massive skills makes Daru completely compelling.

Quote: "It's hard to start thinking once you've started." ( )
  froxgirl | Feb 25, 2021 |
Remembering I loved [b:The Reluctant Fundamentalist|88815|The Reluctant Fundamentalist|Mohsin Hamid|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1441985417s/88815.jpg|725380] and really liked [b:How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia|15815364|How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia|Mohsin Hamid|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1353428459s/15815364.jpg|21541860], I was expecting a lot from this Mohsin Hamid. I was only a bit disappointed.

Again, as a Western reader with a lot of ties to Pakistan, I could very much relate to many of the characters, references and settings in this book.

I think this was a nice exercise into developing the psyches of some characters, and the changing perspectives in every chapter made it a compelling read. However, I wasn't entirely convinced the study worked out as well as it could have. For instance, I found the different narrators using too much a similar style of prose - that of Hamid himself perhaps. No matter their background or education, all characters seemed equally erudite and literate.

Only after reading the book, I found out that this was a debut novel. That might explain a lot. Hamid's unique storytelling style skills certainly got more honed in his future works.

All in all a nice read if you want to get some idea of life in Lahore, the bustling city in Pakistan. ( )
  bbbart | Dec 27, 2020 |
This book has been with me since several years. I started reading it but the people specially his woman friend seemed pretentious and fake to me, so I put it aside. After I read his other novel that I found quite captivating I gave this one another chance. And I was not disappointed. Though the main character is ordinary, clueless of his responsibilities and obnoxiously self centered having a false sense of pride that the world owes him everything ( reminding me of Catcher in the Rye), I found the book true to its cause that showing of the downward spiraling of such a character from the potential of gaining success and respectability in society to becoming an abhor-able person who is selfish and can go to any length for self gain. ( )
  sidiki | Nov 24, 2020 |
As much as I enjoyed The Reluctant Fundamentalist and it's somewhat experimental style, this was a bit too experimental for me. The opening few chapters I found hard to follow and, just when it seemed to settle into a style, it would jump back out again. The main character, Daru, is difficult to like but sympathetic, which is a very skillful bit of writing, but I find the other characters less fleshed out. The witing is beautiful but when I learned this was his first novel, it made more sense in it's style. I will wait to see what other bookclub members think, I was dissapointed.
  amyem58 | Sep 16, 2019 |
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Mohsin Hamid's first novel turns on a brutal hit-and-run accident involving a complex socioeconomic triangle: the perpetrator of the crime, heir to a corrupt family fortune, drives a pricey Pajero S.U.V.; the sole witness is an unemployed banker in a modest Suzuki; and the victim is a poor boy on a bicycle.
adicionada por jlelliott | editarThe New York Times, Jhumpa Lahiri (Mar 12, 2000)
 
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When Daru Shezad is fired from his banking job he falls from the ranks of Pakistan's cell-phone-toting elite into a life of drugs and crime. But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed.

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