• The Last White Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE SUMMER BY TIME, ELLE, USA TODAY, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY AND MORE

“Perhaps Hamid’s most remarkable work yet … an extraordinary vision of human possibility.” –Ayad Akhtar, author of Homeland Elegies

“Searing, exhilarating … reimagines Kafka’s iconic The Metamorphosis for our racially charged era.” Hamilton Cain, Oprah Daily

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Exit West, a story of love, loss, and rediscovery in a time of unsettling change. 

One morning, a man wakes up to find himself transformed. Overnight, Anders’s skin has turned dark, and the reflection in the mirror seems a stranger to him. At first he shares his secret only with Oona, an old friend turned new lover. Soon, reports of similar events begin to surface. Across the land, people are awakening in new incarnations, uncertain how their neighbors, friends, and family will greet them.

Some see the transformations as the long-dreaded overturning of the established order that must be resisted to a bitter end. In many, like Anders’s father and Oona’s mother, a sense of profound loss and unease wars with profound love. As the bond between Anders and Oona deepens, change takes on a different shading: a chance at a kind of rebirth—an opportunity to see ourselves, face to face, anew.

In Mohsin Hamid’s “lyrical and urgent” prose (O Magazine), The Last White Man powerfully uplifts our capacity for empathy and the transcendence over bigotry, fear, and anger it can achieve.

©2022 Mohsin Hamid (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Excellent, and necessary read!

7 stages of grief, of the loss of whiteness. If not grief, then the shock of transformation. The same transformation that we all go through, some of us with attention and intentions, others not so much.

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Flat

i found the audio performance of this book difficult to listen to. It was read in a flat monotone with what seemed like interminable run-on sentences. I developed no empathy or emotional rapport with the characters, registered no burst of insight or wisdom... in short was disappointed after being promised this was one of the best books of the year. The story itself held some promise. As I waited for an interesting turn of events to happen, eventually I realized there would be none.

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