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When Changez says, "I am a lover of America," do his words  prove to be true?

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I think that there is a part of truth in the words the Changez speaks to open the narrative.  Like much with Changez, I am not entirely certain that there is one notion of truth or something that is absolute.  The only certainty with Changez is that there is little of it.  Changez's identity throughout the novel endure so much change to the point that by the end of it, we are not entirely certain what he is doing and what is happening.  Changez's experience with America by the end of the novel is akin to that of a "lover."  He has endured infatuation with America, and experienced the throes of passion that are representative of one who is in love.  Yet, at the same time, he has been able to experience what it means to be spurned, and what it means to withstand the betrayal that only a lover would know.  In this, his position is one where there has been an affair with America that is not simply one of "love."  Rather, it speaks to the condition of one who is a "lover," someone who almost has no choice but to admit that they are stuck to the "other."  Changez might be in this very condition by the end of the narrative.  There are different ways to pursue this, but the only certainty that seems to emerge is that there is none.  Changez is able to articulate a notion of a "lover" regarding his relationship to America and what that contains is representative of his own experiences with it by the end of the narrative.

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