Set as a monologue given by Changez to a man he meets in Lahore – a man who may or may not be a spy – The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a book that not only examines a Pakistani man who is in America during 9-11 but also the question of the reliable or unreliable narrator.
Changez’s story details his, perhaps, buying into the American dream or idea, his love for a typical, cliched American beauty, and his reaction to the terrorist attack 9-11.
The question is whether or not he is telling the truth. There is his name, there is the reference to Sleepy Hollow – which we must never forget is a story about a prank.
It’s a tricky novella.