How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

Nick Richardson writes:

Mohsin Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is written in the second-person singular, but his ‘you’ is unlikely to resemble you very much. ‘You’ marries a woman half his age, with a ‘wide, sensuous mouth’, and has the details of the arrangement thrashed out by his accountant. He works for a swindler flogging groceries that are past their sell-by date, then sets up his own business selling filtered tap water as mineral water in stolen branded bottles. His company and profits grow, the boss of another water company gets upset and threatens him, so he hires a bodyguard, who kills one of his rival’s thugs. Then his brother-in-law, who works as his assistant, rips him off, skips town with his money and the business collapses.

(LRB 20 June 2013)

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