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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. I saw the 2012 film of ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’, and thought it was excellent indeed. I didn’t read the book, and may well not read this one. But if the film was anything to go by, this man can really tell a story.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I’ll have to check the film, as I know you have an excellent taste in movies (and I am very intrigued by this writer). I hope I’ll catch up on more of his books too. Have a great Wednesday.

  2. dgkaye says:

    Wow! This book sounds riveting in so many ways. I enjoy these types of stories, leaving us wondering various things and I’m more than curious to read if only to read his writing style and all the broken rules of writing, yet up for an award. Sounds like a compelling read and I think I’ll order the paperback for this one. Thanks Olga! 🙂 x

    1. Thanks, Debby. I think this is a writer to keep our eyes on for sure. In a way, I’m pleased to see that they have selected books very diverse and have gone for writers (at least talking about the books I’ve read so far. I have started the last one I had on my list and so far it’s pretty good too) that have a lot to say, usually not only via content but because of their use of challenging writing styles. I hope you enjoy it.

      1. dgkaye says:

        I’m going to order it on my next paperback order and most likely read it on my long winter vacation. When I buy books from trad published authors, I notice the Kindle prices are so expensive, like this one is $15 Canadian for ebook! Those are the books I put on a list to order in paperback because I pay almost the same in paperback! And for that price I’d rather have a tangible book. 🙂

        1. Yes. Books from big publishers are as expensive in paperback as they are in Kindle version (although space also plays a part for me as I’m thinking of moving back to my mother’s and won’t have anywhere to put more books, and the fact that once you own the e-book, it’s always there in the cloud for you). It might be worth signing up with BookBub and a few others newsletters, as they share offers from traditional publishers and I’ve got popular books sometimes for £1.99 or 2.99 a few months after their release. And there’s always second-hand bookstores… Enjoy!

          1. dgkaye says:

            Thanks for the great ideas Olga. I’ll look into them. 🙂

          2. I know you’re keen on bargains and know all the tricks in the book, Debby!

          3. dgkaye says:

            Lol, you know me Olga. 🙂 x

          4. 😉

  3. I love your book reviews. ANd I like Mohsin Hamid, at least the 2 books I read.
    Thank you.

    1. Thanks, Lucie. You’re very kind and I must try and read more of his books. I definitely liked this one a lot. Have a great day!

  4. I read The Reluctant Fundamentalist as few years ago. I didn’t see the film, though. Your review makes me think I’d like to read Exit West but it may not reach the top of tbr pile for some time.

    1. Thanks, Mary. I understand. My pile is ridiculous. These books just made it to the top because I thought I’d had a look and see what the Man Booker judges were thinking about. But many others are sitting there waiting… Have a great day!

  5. I am curious to read this. I’m a great one for rule-breaking. Even if it doesn’t work, I like it when a writer defies expectation. So many writers are far too careful and they make for stultified reading as a result. Thanks, Olga.

    1. Thanks, Sarah. I know exactly what you mean and I find this book very refreshing in its style and outlook. Have a great day.

  6. Fascinating review Olga — and well thought as always. I’m a bit torn… I like the concept. I hate run-on sentences… and I’m not fond of meandering books. Still… Wishing you a wonder-filled Wednesday. Hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. I’m a writer of meandering and run-on sentences, as Word often reminds me (not so much now), so I definitely don’t mind them at all. You might want to check the sample of the book and see what you think. Enjoy your day.

  7. A very interesting idea for a book, Olga. A lovely review.

    1. Thanks, Robbie. I found your comment hiding in the spam folder. It is, for sure. Have a great Thursday.

  8. Thank you, I will read this. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is on my not very long list of Really Important Books. I have read it twice in the last five years. Do read this, Olga, it is very special.

    1. Thanks, Hilary. I will put it on my list (I’ll be watching out for all of his books). Thanks and I hope you enjoy this one too. Take care.

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