Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid audiobook

Moth Smoke

By Mohsin Hamid
Read by Satya Bhabha

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
7.68 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Through a brilliant array of perspectives, author Mohsin Hamid tells the story of one love-struck Daru Shezad who, when fired from his banking job, instantly removes himself from the ranks of Pakistan’s cell-phone-toting elite and plunges into a life of drugs and crime. But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed. His uncertain fate mirrors that of Pakistan itself, animated by nuclear weapons and sapped by corruption.

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Summary

Summary

A 2001 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction

A 2001 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award Finalist

Shortlisted for the 2001 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book

A 2001 Betty Trask Award Nominee

Selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Through a brilliant array of perspectives, author Mohsin Hamid tells the story of one love-struck Daru Shezad who, when fired from his banking job, instantly removes himself from the ranks of Pakistan’s cell-phone-toting elite and plunges into a life of drugs and crime. But when a heist goes awry, Daru finds himself on trial for a murder he may or may not have committed. His uncertain fate mirrors that of Pakistan itself, animated by nuclear weapons and sapped by corruption.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Friends, a love triangle, murder, criminal justice, hopelessness, humidity. It’s set in Lahore, there’s a beautiful woman. Her name is Mumtez, and she smokes pot and cigarettes and drinks straight Scotch. Read this book. Fall in love.” Publishers Weekly
“The book’s dominant image is of a moth circling a flame. In the darkness of evening, Daru watches the strange seduction played out: the moth ‘spinning around the candle in tighter revolutions,’ attracted to the fire. Ignited, the moth is consumed. The lingering moth smoke reminds Daru of burning flesh—his own, for this Icarus ends up singed by his own irresistible attractions…All in all, though, Hamid has turned a beautiful trick: He has made an old formula—man, woman, and cuckolded husband—into something fresh and luminous. Rather like a moth turned into a butterfly.” Salon
“Hamid subjects contemporary Pakistan to fierce scrutiny in his first novel, tracing the downward spiral of Darashikoh ‘Daru’ Shezad, a young man whose uneasy status on the fringes of the Lahore elite is imperiled when he is fired from his job at a bank…Hamid’s tale, played out against the background of Pakistan’s…testing of a nuclear device, creates a powerful image of an insecure society toying with its own dissolution.” Publishers Weekly
“Set in Hamid’s native Lahore, Pakistan, this first novel provides a pitch-perfect tale of the destruction of a young man…With a sure hand, Hamid paints Daru, Lahore, the weight of Western materialist values, and evolving and devolving friendships, giving us near-photographic realism softened by the shading influences of well-turned phrases. Moving quickly but inviting prolonged retrospection, this first novel lays bare a human core that festers in its own unremitting heat. Hamid is a writer to watch. [Recommended] for all public libraries.” Library Journal
“A subtly audacious work and prodigious descendant of hard-boiled lit and film noir…Moth Smoke is a steamy and often darkly amusing book about sex, drugs, and class warfare in postcolonial Asia.” Village Voice
“A first novel of remarkable wit, poise, profundity, and strangeness… Hamid is a writer of gorgeous, lush prose and superb dialogue.” Esquire
“Stunning…[Hamid] has created a hip page-turner about [his] mysterious country.” Los Angeles Times
“The most impressive of his gifts is the clear-sightedness of his look at the power structure of a society that has shifted from the old feudalism, based on birth, to the new Pakistani feudalism based on wealth.” New York Review of Books
“On the surface, Mohsin Hamid’s first novel, Moth Smoke, seems more domestic than political drama…But in a country like Pakistan, the personal and the political are difficult to separate…Hamid artfully weaves the subcontinent’s tragic history into his characters’ no-less-tragic present, rendering Moth Smoke a novel that resonates on many levels. “ Amazon.com, editorial review
“Fast-paced, intelligent.”  New Yorker
“[A] brisk, absorbing novel...Hamid steers us from start to finish with assurance and care.” New York Times Book Review

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English