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
0735212171
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm

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cdarin11
Sep 22, 2020

From the description I thought this would be a good chance to escape the present and be entertained. This book is completely immersed in the present and painful and hopeful at the same time.

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TeaFloyd
Sep 18, 2020

I find the writing style a bit hard to get used to but when I did the story flowed like water. Even though we don't get all the personal details of Nadia's and Saeed's relationship told in an emotional way, I still understand why they felt the way they did throughout their relationship. It's amazing how Hamid is able to write in such a way!

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wcbind421
Sep 14, 2020

I expected something with more meat on its bones from a Booker Prize finalist and a N.Y. Times "10 best books". Yes, it's gorgeously written with fine cadences and long run-on sentences; it explores the plight of refugees and the nuts-and-bolts of how they scrape by but, in the end, what's it really about? Saeed and Nadia, 2 lovers, leave home and family and escape to the West in a series of hops from the un-named homeland (Beirut? Damascus? Baghdad? Kabul?) first to Mykonos, then London and finally California's coast. They lost their families, their culture and ultimately each other but what did either of them achieve? Mohsin doesn't tell us.

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islandteacher27
Aug 13, 2020

Just an excellent book.

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alecbussott
Aug 10, 2020

A neat concept that is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

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ryner
Jun 25, 2020

In a quasi-parallel reality, Nadia and Saeed are a young couple whose middle-eastern country is experiencing a civil war as militants take over their city. In this world, citizens who are lucky or well-connected can arrange for transport out of a region through mysterious doorways, which the couple opt to do, though where they will end up is uncertain.

If not for the unearthly doorways, Nadia and Saeed's experiences could be the actuality of any number of refugees fleeing similar or equally oppressive circumstances in the world today. It's hard to imagine the daily uncertainty of safety, food, shelter and sheer existence, but this book, though fiction, does an excellent job demonstrating the desperation, heartbreak and guilt felt by those fleeing their homes.

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peacebenow
Mar 11, 2020

Nadia and Saeed leave their country due to a breakdown of the Government and take over by militants. They make passage through doorways made a valuable to them and started their lives over bit by bit through trial and error. They faced unspeakable hardships, loss of family, hunger, danger, disease, over crowding, hopelessness.... Eventually they pieced together a new life and found their ways. Very relevant with the breakdown of Governments around the world present day and an increasing resistance to immigrants.

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looper46
Mar 09, 2020

Loved the idea of "doors" that are suddenly "there" that allow transport to other parts of the world...aside from that, this is a very well written book by an author that I was not familiar with. I plan on reading his other books.

A great little read, good enough to finish in one or two sittings. Get it

cmlibrary_sally Feb 13, 2020

The author did an amazing job of creating characters that almost any reader can relate to upon some level. You are cheering for the young adults and then holding your breath with each day in the conflict. Excellent for book clubs.

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mic2bliss
Feb 11, 2020

I feel like this book was overrated. The premise sounded great but the execution was severely lacking.

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