Monday, 19 November 2012

Brajesh's Review: Moth Smoke

Mohsin Hamid has written one of the darkest books I have read in a very long time. The book uses the protagonist’s journey into darkness as a backdrop to bring nuances of characters and society into spotlight.

As usual the construction and body of the book is a joy in itself, but the way this books reaches out to the dark spots and leaves you with the gut wrenching familiarity of pain is classic. When you start relating to the darkness in a plot, it is a very uncomfortable feeling and I went through the same almost through the entire read.

Just a small example : the way he uses "Pajero" as a symbol of evil money-power in Pakistan, left a Pajero owner like me cringing. . . . While his Reluctant Fundamentalist has got more publicity, this is a classic one should not miss.

Rating : 4 / 5


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