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In the Light of What We Know: A Novel (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Zia Haider Rahman (Autor)

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"A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century. An investment banker approaching forty, his career collapsing and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London town house. Confronting the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost college friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared many years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced with a confession of unsettling power. Zia Haider Rahman takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope, ranging over Kabul, London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, Princeton, and Sylhet, and dealing with love, belonging, finance, cognitive science, and war. Its framework is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other, both of them desperate in their different ways to climb clear of their wrong beginnings. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic recession, the novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class, culture, and faith as they struggle to tame their futures. In the Light of What We Know is by turns tender, intimate, and panoramic, telescoping the great upheavals of our young century into a first novel of rare ambition and profundity. "--… (més)
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Títol:In the Light of What We Know: A Novel
Autors:Zia Haider Rahman (Autor)
Informació:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014), Edition: First Edition, First Printing, 512 pages
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I often encounter men of my age group (the not so young cohort) who say that they don’t read fiction. There is sort of an implied attitude that non-fiction is serious and fiction, is well, perhaps frivolous. Something that they might squeeze in as an indulgence every once in a great while.

They need to read “In Light of What We Know” which is a very good novel, but one that has more history, religion, carpentry, sociology and coverage of major world events than probably all of the books on the top ten non-fiction best seller list.

I am not a fan of non-punctuation dialogue unless it’s done by Cormac McCarthy and I really like to see a little white space on every page (I was tempted at times to increase the font size on my Kindle just to reduce the number of words on the screen), but this book was so good that those issues were, for me, inconsequential.

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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
uitzonderlijk ( )
  Ward_Z | May 5, 2019 |
Meaty but a little slippery and impenetrable for my tastes. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I should have done. Shame. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
Extraordinary. There is much to unpack in this novel which touches upon wide-ranging themes regarding the human condition: class, ethics, the shifting nature of friendship and perhaps, most importantly, the power of self-delusion. It offers a withering depiction of how very intelligent people are subject to the same failings as those who lack their discernment, education, and experience. Readers stimulated by a driving plot will not fancy this book; those who delight in a good cipher will be dazzled. The two most significant plot points occur off the page though their consequences shape and reverberate through the whole. That is harder to pull off than it sounds, but Haider Raman executes this bit of structural sleight of hand brilliantly. It's the sort of book that begs immediate rereading and rereading at some remove. Each passage has revealed for me new layers and nuances. ( )
  marlizzy | Jun 2, 2017 |
wonderful along the way, but lost its way in the last 50 pages.
Something worth noting on almost every page. ( )
  gpaisley | Jun 18, 2016 |
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afegit per merry10 | editaThe Guardian, Alex Preston (Jun 1, 2014)
 
afegit per lexrex1215 | editaThe New Yorker, James Wood (May 19, 2014)
 
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Our concern with history, so Hilary's thesis ran, is a concern with preformed images already imprinted on our brains, images at which we keep staring while the truth lies elsewhere, away from it all, somewhere as yet undiscovered.

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"A bold, epic debut novel set during the war and financial crisis that defined the beginning of our century. An investment banker approaching forty, his career collapsing and his marriage unraveling, receives a surprise visitor at his West London town house. Confronting the disheveled figure of a South Asian male carrying a backpack, the banker recognizes a long-lost college friend, a mathematics prodigy who disappeared many years earlier under mysterious circumstances. The friend has resurfaced with a confession of unsettling power. Zia Haider Rahman takes us on a journey of exhilarating scope, ranging over Kabul, London, New York, Islamabad, Oxford, Princeton, and Sylhet, and dealing with love, belonging, finance, cognitive science, and war. Its framework is an age-old story: the friendship of two men and the betrayal of one by the other, both of them desperate in their different ways to climb clear of their wrong beginnings. Set against the breaking of nations and beneath the clouds of economic recession, the novel chronicles the lives of people carrying unshakable legacies of class, culture, and faith as they struggle to tame their futures. In the Light of What We Know is by turns tender, intimate, and panoramic, telescoping the great upheavals of our young century into a first novel of rare ambition and profundity. "--

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