begin with, for
the journey from
(and then to
Samson) was about
dream come true.
inspired in me the feeling that my life was a Rilm in which
was the star and everything was possible.”
Changez calls the dream his
life before 9/11 is a life of possibilities, not the least of which is the possibility of achieving status
had the potential to transform my life as surely as it had transformed his, making my concerns about money and status things of the distant past.” Status is particularly important for
points out to him a number of times, Changez’s motivations are often founded in his feelings of being an
a watchful guy.
know where that comes from?...It comes from feeling out of place…Believe me. I know.” Status and power, then, offer
a chance to
(a word that is signiRicantly used a number of times throughout the novel to describe him) himself from an outsider to an insider.
motivation of status for Changez, though, isn’t simply a symptom of
himself an outsider in a foreign country.
comes from the feeling that his own country is powerless in the world
“Nothing prepared me for the drama, the power of their view from the lobby. This,
realized, was another world from
supporting my feet were the
achievements of the most technologically advanced civilization our species had ever known…Often, during my stay in your country, such comparisons troubled