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A Year in Reading: Mohsin Hamid

By posted at 3:00 pm on December 13, 2013 2

coverI’d like to stand up and suggest Spilt Milk by Chico Buarque to any reader looking for some reading. The novel’s Portuguese title (which sounds gorgeously like what spilt milk looks like) is “Leite Derramado.” It’s under 200 long and yet crams in a century of Brazilian history, dozens of characters, formal inventiveness, tropical heat, racial tensions, old aristocrats, infidelity, drug violence, dramatic monologue, and a singer-songwriter’s mastery of oral cadence. It also oozes braininess and sex. If you aren’t intrigued, you’re a hard, hard soul. Ease up. Slip in.

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2 Responses to “A Year in Reading: Mohsin Hamid”

  1. Moe Murph (AKA "The Toast" Fan No. 1)
    at 3:23 pm on December 13, 2013

    Mr. Hamid,

    If you happen to check this comment section, would love to know what you thought about the adaptation of your novel, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” I found the film fascinating and thought Riz Ahmed did a marvelous, charismatic job. It took several viewings to totally absorb the content.

    My favorite part was the one set in Istanbul. There was a mythic quality, the two “fathers” (the financial mentor and the Turkish publisher) squaring off, with the very soul of their spiritual son in the balance. My favorite scene was the quiet lunch between Changez Khan and the publisher (played by Haluk Bilginer?). Even the quiet gesture of the older man’s gracefully scooping a morsel of food from Kahn’s plate was evocative and meaningful.

    Best regards to you. I am looking forward to diving in to “Spilt Milk” based on your writeup,

    Maureen Murphy (“Moe Murph”)

  2. Moe Murph (AKA "The Toast" Fan No. 1)
    at 3:28 pm on December 13, 2013

    Spelling error, Para 2, last line: “Khan” — (lunch break ending, in a rush…!)

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