Looking to expand your reading horizons? Join us for The Happy Booker Discussion Group! Choice of books made by participants.
This program meets in the library’s Reading Room on the third Wednesday of each month @ 6:30pm. All are welcome, join us!
The book for the August 16th meeting is: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Review excerpted from The Guardian: (https://www NULL.theguardian NULL.com/books/2012/dec/23/reluctant-fundamentalist-mohsin-hamid-review)
Changez is a highly educated Pakistani who worked as a financial analyst for a prestigious firm in New York. But after a disastrous love affair and the September 11 attacks, his western life collapses and he returns disillusioned and alienated to Pakistan.
All of this Changez reveals in an almost archly formal, and epically one-sided, conversation with the mysterious stranger that rolls back and forth over his developing concern with issues of cultural identity, American power and the victimisation of Pakistan.
The stranger is fidgety and anxious, and at first Changez’s elaborate self-justifications for his contentious sentiments begin to suggest that perhaps he is a more sinister figure than he allows. Gradually, however, we are brought to wonder whether the person in jeopardy is not the stranger, but Changez himself.
Sandi Eppy has been an educational consultant for the past 25 years. Her programs cover a wide spectrum of topics. She has lectured for various adult service organizations, Elderhostel, colleges and Lifetime Learning in Austin. When she lived in Texas she was a member of an afternoon discussion group and started and facilitated a discussion group that is still going strong after 15 years. Her education includes a Masters degree in Community Health Education and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Gerontological Studies from Adelphi University.