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
Branch Call Number: HAMID
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm

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I really appreciate this story and perspective on the current refugee crisis. It really opened my eyes to the struggles all refugees face and how their struggles affect their families and relationships. AL_MARIEI

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AL_JODY Feb 20, 2018

This is a novel and so is allowed to be dreamy, dazzling, romantic and poetical. But use caution when thinking this is a story that is an accurate reflection of the very real horrors and challenges that refugees experience.

“To love is to enter into the inevitability of one day not being able to protect what is most valuable to you.” - Mohsin Hamid, "Exit West"

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AL_ALYSONC Dec 02, 2017

Exit West is winning awards and being featured on many "Best of 2017" lists. A wonderful story about refugees.

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AL_ANDREW Dec 11, 2017

Powerful, poignant, prose-driven novel.


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bookhangover
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.

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rogebc_0
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.

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ididarodkid
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.

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uncommonreader
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.

AL_ANDREW Dec 11, 2017

Powerful, poignant, prose-driven novel.

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njon38
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

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brangwinn
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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Margush
Sep 16, 2017

This book is not an easy read and certainly not entertaining but rather political and, at times, philosophical. The author created a weird cocktail of sexuality and war, death and romance, hardships and weed smoking. A few narratives that sounded intriguing led nowhere and some of the topics mentioned above didn't help to explain a serious and controversial topic of mass migration to Europe that the world has witnessed within the last few years. I did finish this book but it was challenging to keep my involvement with it.

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GreenMilo
Aug 23, 2017

The opening of the story echoes my own experiences of living in the Middle East during troubled times. It does not matter where the story has been set if your culture has had it too good for too long then the disruption that follows change can feel like this. I think this is extremely well written but clearly not everyone's taste, very good, viva la difference.

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