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The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid The allegory is a nice idea and the book touched some nice aspects of the experience of non-Americans living here, and given the author's background they are probably very authentic. In general IMHO what it says about Pakistan is quite interesting to read, what it says about America is stuff we all know from reading newspaper headlines, what it says about anti-Americanism is something us third-worlders are familiar with but rarely seen in American media, and religious fundamentalism is only mentioned in passing.

Also there is a clear distinction between left wing anti-imperialism (which I mostly support) and religious fundamentalism (which I oppose), and IMHO the author didn't make it clear if or how or why the protagonist embraces the latter.