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What genre would you give to Mohsin Hammid's Novel 'The Reluctant Fundementalist' watch

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    I am finalising my personal statement and have just finished reading this book and I really want to include it somewhere in my statement. As I want to study english at university I have written mainly about the epistolary genre. Would this book fit with in this genre?
    I mean, I've looked it up on wiki (typical student!) and it says, and I quote:
    'The novel uses the technique of a frame story, which takes place during the course of a single evening ...'
    What is the definition of a frame story?
    Thanks for all your contributions
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    A frame story is a story within a story. I suppose you could call it that - he is relating his own story to someone in a cafe. I don't think you can call a frame story a genre though.
    I think it's interesting that you've chosen to talk about just one genre on your personal statement - what is your reasoning for that?.
    The Reluctant Fundamentalist is definitely not an epistolary novel. The technique of starting a novel by a storyteller introducing their story is an well established one though.
    I think it's an amazing novel but other than classing it as literary fiction, I'm not sure where I'd put it in terms of genre. To be honest, with contemporary literature the boundaries defining genre are often very vague - often deliberately so.
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    I strongly agree with your last point about contemporary fiction when coming to define it's genre.
    I chose to speak only one one genre as I incorporated both the text I studied for AS English Lang-Lit exam, and other texts I read, which fit in with my paragraph on literary critisism and theory.
    It's kind of hard to explain without actually giving you actual extracts of my personal statement, which I am not down on doing (yet - sorry student room-ians). But I hope that little explanation gives you a clearer picture as to my intentions
 
 
 

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