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


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Nadia and Saeed are a couple living in an unnamed Middle-Eastern city on the edge of civil war. And then a door opens to another safer city...What does it mean to leave one's homeland?

ArapahoeAlicia Jun 28, 2018

Beautifully written and bittersweet, a true human story not isolated to the experiences of war and immigration. This book made me think and feel in new ways.

Nadia and Saeed meet and fall in love in a country moving closer to a civil war. As violence and threats escalate, they leave their homeland, find a door and step forward.

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ArapahoeStaff8 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.

ArapahoeAndrew Dec 11, 2017

Powerful, poignant, prose-driven novel.

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Tigard_AnnieS Jan 23, 2019

Saeed and Nadia are two young people living their lives and falling in love- normal things that normal people do. Then the wars start and doors start opening and their lives are thrown into disarray. This elegantly written Science Fiction offering examines issues of migration, immigration, the refugee crisis, and how human nature seeks out love and family even in the darkest of times. This book was so beautiful, that even readers (like me!) who do not usually enjoy this genre, will be left touched by its gorgeous writing and relatable characters.

Jan 21, 2019

instant emigration, I always like this author

Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2017

Dec 28, 2018

Ohio State 2018 list: https://www.osu.edu/alumni/news/ohio-state-alumni-magazine/issues/summer-2018/10-books-to-add-to-your-summer-reading-list.html

Nov 28, 2018

Very interesting blend of fantasy elements and a realistic look at the problems immigrants face when forced to leave their home country and attempt to assimilate into other cultures. The book does a good job of blending these elements into a character-centered story that keeps you interested in the young couple's plight. Very relevant to today's current cultural climate.

Sep 18, 2018

emigrants saeed and nadia
the world has opened itself up in a mysterious but beautiful way, as doors are appearing that transport anyone who walks through them to other parts of the world.

Sep 12, 2018

A powerful book about escaping from a country, relationships and how people change over time, adjusting to new places and people....with a touch of "magic" or science fiction. "Doors" can help people escape from one country to another. So many people have escaped that the places they land have changed socially too, with locals reacting negatively or fleeing the area. IN the end one country comes up with a novel solution. The main story follows the two protagonists and they meet, decide to escape together, and the experiences they go through in each place. It is a powerful, beautifully written book.

Jul 02, 2018

Important attempt by Mohsin to conjure up the horrifying circumstances that propel refugees to leave their homelands and seek asylum elsewhere. I chose this for Book Club and we had a great discussion, but I did find myself wishing I cared more about the two main characters. Their situation was frightening, but I didn't feel emotionally engaged by them and didn't find their relationship credible or compelling. The suggestion that refugees can slip into new worlds via the internet/social media/phones/black rectangles was interesting - some in the group I was with found the magic hokey or confusing. Important book to read as our country drifts toward xenophobia. But if "Show, don't tell" is still the rule for fiction - and I think it is - this book got a bit too tell-y as it went on.

ArapahoeAlicia Jun 28, 2018

Beautifully written and bittersweet, a true human story not isolated to the experiences of war and immigration. This book made me think and feel in new ways.

Jun 26, 2018

Beautifully told with fluid writing. A touch of magic but the story is still very relevant and real. Timely and thought provoking.

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