How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia
This novel is written in a self-help format that puts you in the shoes of the main character. I was a really big fan of this style of writing since it felt almost like a virtual reality experience.
The story is about the life of a boy from a poor family who eventually creates a successful water business. We drop into his life at significant junctures all the way from childhood until an elderly age. All along the way, the pretty girl from his teenage years reemerges in his life and they both escape to the past together.
I really liked this book. It was a great read that ultimately was about the different paths that we go down and how our stories will sometimes intersect with each other's. Success comes at the expense of a lot of other things and shouldn't be pursued just for the sake of it.
It's a view into the values of someone looking to rise in a developing country. The protagonist has to give up many of his connections to the past to obtain his new life in the city. He ends up being a "success" in the business sense, but his relationship with his family becomes estranged. It's a bittersweet ending; but then again, isn't every story?