Sorry, but I'm deviating from my normal format of posting reviews and writing about the writing life. I'm disturbed by this new book, The Reluctant Fundamentalist by a Pakistani guy. Just from what I read about the book, it sounds very anti-American. So why would Barnes & Noble recommend it to me, featuring it on their "We recommend this book" e-mail?
I don't advocate banning a book like this, but don't expect me to say, "Rah-rah! Let's hear it for the anti-American voices! Let's buy this book and let the fundamentalists know they can come kill us some more. We like it!" Whose country is it, anyway? I mean, do we stand for anything? Do we have a purpose as a nation besides seeing how much wealth we, individually, can accumulate? Do we care SO LITTLE about God, about morality, about protecting the innocent, such as the people who were senselessly killed on 9/11?
Do we really want to destroy ourselves from the inside out?