Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist is arranged/written as a conversation between the narrator, Changez, a Pakistani man, and an unidentified American at a café in Lahore, again showing us a very different narrative form featured in immigrant literature. Changez mostly discusses his time spent in America where he graduated with a Finance degree from Princeton and worked at Underwood Samson & Company, a valuation firm. A significant aspect of his recollection has to do with memories of Erica, a white American woman and lost love interest, who is herself haunted with unresolved grief over the premature death of her lifelong friend and former love interest, Chris.
1) Why do you think Hamid arranged the narrative as Changez's conversation with the reader? What does this allow the narrator to do that might be otherwise impossible in alternate, more traditional narrative forms? Such forms of narrative which directly address readers bear similarities to the narrative form of confessions or memoirs. If Changez's narrative is read as a confession, what is he confessing to? If Changez's narrative is read as a memoir, what are the most important and/or vivid details from the account of his life? And as important, what are the significances of the details of his confession/memoir? Use textual evidence from the novel to support your response(s).
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