Moth Smoke

Mohsin Hamid

Moth Smoke

In Lahore, Daru Shezad is a junior banker with a hashish habit. When his old friend Ozi moves back to Pakistan, Daru wants to be happy for him. Ozi has everything: a beautiful wife and child, an expensive foreign education – and a corrupt father who bankrolls his lavish lifestyle. As jealousy sets in, Daru's life slowly unravels. He loses his job. Starts lacing his joints with heroin. Becomes involved with a criminally-minded rickshaw driver. And falls in love with Ozi's lonely wife. 3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
Moth Smoke

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Paperback
Pages 320
RRP £7.99
Date of Publication May 2011
ISBN 978-0241953938
Publisher Penguin
 

In Lahore, Daru Shezad is a junior banker with a hashish habit. When his old friend Ozi moves back to Pakistan, Daru wants to be happy for him. Ozi has everything: a beautiful wife and child, an expensive foreign education – and a corrupt father who bankrolls his lavish lifestyle. As jealousy sets in, Daru's life slowly unravels. He loses his job. Starts lacing his joints with heroin. Becomes involved with a criminally-minded rickshaw driver. And falls in love with Ozi's lonely wife.

Reviews

The New York Times

Jhumpa Lahiri

'Moth Smoke'' is written in a lean, hip present tense. Amid Hamid's lapidary prose are robust images that amplify the festering and the constriction Daru feels ... Like most of the people surrounding him, Daru is a largely dislikable character.

12/03/2000

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The Independent on Sunday

Brandon Robshaw

In sharp, vivid prose, Hamid paints a portrait of deluded individuals and a fractured society, but this is also a tense thriller with a shock ending.

15/05/2011

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The Observer

Rachel Aspden

For all its pace and intelligence, Moth Smoke has some first-novel flaws. The switches between narrators can be unnecessarily tricksy, and Mumtaz's secret career verges on melodrama ... But the novel's acute depiction of young men and women trapped between two worlds has the ring of experience

01/05/2011

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