Exit West

Exit West

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turner--both completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamid's most ambitious and electrifying novel yet"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.
ISBN: 9780735212176
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm


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Interjecting surrealism into an uncomfortably realistic chaotic world, Hamid portrays the direct experience of refugees and immigrants striving to maintain emotional connections in the chaos of war-torn cities. Here is just one of many memorable quotes: 'We are all migrants through time.' Davonne

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May 09, 2018

Exit West is an incredible insight on the refugee experience - an experience most of us will never know first hand. The writing is quite striking, so much so that I found myself copying down certain passages to hold on to and remember. I was expecting a more sci-fi/fantasy aspect to the storyline, but enjoyed it nevertheless.

liljables May 01, 2018

I think readers that pick up Exit West expecting either fantasy or a war story will be disappointed (in fact, if you can avoid reading the synopsis, please do). If you approach this novel without those expectations, you'll find a subtle but powerful story about seeking refuge from conflict within a relationship. The doorways in this novel are a small magical concession within an otherwise achingly realistic story about a romance that intensifies quickly under the thumb of war, and two people who have to find themselves - and each other - within the context of an entirely new world.

Apr 17, 2018

It's a story about immigration but it is also a love story. A story about humanity. It is sad and tragic and beautiful and it filled up both my heart and my head.

Mar 17, 2018

A book about an apocalypse that is not cataclysmic but seeps into life and creates "norms" that are bizarre. Saeed and Nadia leave the crisis of their own country for an unknown place by stepping through a "door" that drops them into other places around the world. The parallels to the immigrant crisis in Europe and England are strong but the story is intelligent and compelling and not a simple statement.

DPLjennyp Mar 09, 2018

Sparse and beautiful story of a relationship forged in dangerous times.

Feb 07, 2018

In addition to many positive comments on world migration, I found this book to be rich in metaphors.
Subject, of course, to interpretation, yet for me, the 'doors' signified the paths we take on our journey through life and possible outcomes. There were many other instances, that would be significant to the reader. Beautifully described interludes of location with deep exploration of relationships. Perhaps, as a very senior senior, I found it a profound overview of life, and the transition of interpersonal relationships. It was like a tapestry with woven threads defining the big picture.

Jan 25, 2018

Man Booker short list. This is a timely novel for 2018, about migration and its effects. It is hopeful in the end.

ArapahoeAndrew Dec 11, 2017

Powerful, poignant, prose-driven novel.

Oct 08, 2017

In some ways an allegorical novel, it is the story of Saaed and Nadia deciding to leave their home in unnamed majority Muslim city torn apart by violence through one of the magical doorways that serve as portals to other, hopefully safer places. It is a migrant story but also the story of the human condition, "we are all migrants through time". The story of how some people evolve from migration and some cling harder to the past. It asks how bad would conditions in your home have to get before you took the plunge to another uncertain fate? It asks is the current system of nations sustainable and/or the best system? It asks what are "nativists" so afraid of. It is simply fabulous

Sep 19, 2017

This is a book that is written for world current events. What happens when the immigrants seem to take over the world…moving to countries and creating a new lifestyle for the world. I found it a creepy book, yet I couldn’t put it down. This book brings up as many questions as answers. If you are a member of a book club and want a thought-provoking book I recommend this. What if…..

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