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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

It seems an obvious thing to say, but you should not imagine that we Pakistanis are all potential terrorists, just as we should not imagine that you Americans are all undercover assassins.

‐ Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

As a society, you were unwilling to reflect upon the shared pain that united you with those who attacked you. You retreated into myths of your own difference, assumptions of your own superiority. And you acted out these beliefs on the stage of the world, so that the entire planet was rocked by the repercussions of your tantrums, not least my family, now facing war thousands of miles away.

‐ Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

I felt suddenly very young - or perhaps I felt my age: an almost childlike twenty-two, rather than that permanent middle-age that attaches itself to the man who lives alone and supports himself by wearing a suit in a city not of his birth.

‐ Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

“I found myself feeling sad for the guy. While the experiences are alien to me as a white male, I could understand, understand not condone, the changes to his attitudes based on his experiences.

It’s always difficult to emphasise with people who do some horrible things, but everyone arrives as a blank slate and this novel explores the journey someone may experience to arrive at a point far removed from the starting line.”