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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
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Exit West (2017)

by Mohsin Hamid

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    Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck (charl08)
    charl08: Similar rif on current refugee 'crisis' - but in a very different direction.
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    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (vwinsloe)
    vwinsloe: Both books use a magical means of transportation to illuminate the plight of refugees (runaway slaves in one and immigrants in the other.)
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This short book deftly captures the refugee/migrant experience. Hoping for a better life or just to be away from danger, the two MCs migrate to foreign lands through doors connecting them. A little bit of magical realism, but overall a strong statement on our times. ( )
  redwritinghood38 | Nov 6, 2018 |
This was an interesting take on the immigrant/migrant experience, delivered as an almost-speculative-fiction account. Sometimes I think I lost the thread (or the bread crumbs scattered, no doubt, to help me find my way back) between the side stories and the main character plot line, but there were definitely moments that enthralled (like the sometime-in-the-future portrait of Marin County, CA). (Brian) ( )
  ShawIslandLibrary | Oct 28, 2018 |
This was a political allegory artfully written and narrated beautifully by the author. A local young couple meet in an unnamed middle eastern country on the brink of war.As life becomes more horrifying, they escape through doors which are actually portals to other countries - Landing first on a Greek island, then in London and finally in Sausilito, California, they find that life as a refugee is hard, and rebuilding a life in the midst of unrest and constant struggle to find food, friendship and peace is extremely challenging -

The current refugee experience and the possibility of a very depressing future is reflected in this brief cautionary story of love and loss, alienation and struggle to create home against impossible odds. ( )
  njinthesun | Oct 15, 2018 |
Travails of a young couple leaving their war-torn country to emigrate to the U.S. aided by a touch of magic. ( )
  BookBuddies | Oct 12, 2018 |
Loved this book. I'd been avoiding reading it because I thought it might be political, and I am already scarred by our world events, but this was manageable, human, and beautifully written, ( )
  bookczuk | Oct 11, 2018 |
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Sortida a Occident, de Mohsin Hamid, comença sent una història d’amor íntima i emocionant i acaba sent una profecia novel·lada sobre el futur que, globalment, ens espera. En Saeed i la Nadia són dos joves que viuen en un país del qual no se’ns diu el nom però que per les seves característiques -és musulmà i està governat per un règim autoritari contra el qual se subleven milícies integristes- resulta familiar. L’amor entre en Saeed, retret i conservador, i la Nadia, valenta i independent, creix a mesura que el seu país s’esllavissa per l’abisme de la guerra, cosa que els obliga a fugir. És en aquest punt que Hamid es treu de la màniga un cop d’efecte argumental que desplaça les coordenades de gènere de la novel·la. Resulta que, arreu del planeta, han començat a aparèixer portes secretes i especials que transporten qui les travessa a un altre indret del globus. La introducció d’un element tan explícitament fantasiós fa que, després de creure durant tot el terç inicial que ens trobàvem davant d’un relat realista (si bé l’autor va preparant el que vindrà mitjançant unes escenes breus i estranyes), de sobte ens descobrim abocats a una mena de faula futurològica.
added by bugaderes39 | editAra, Pere Antoni Pons (Nov 11, 2017)
 
Exit West is animated – confused, some may think – by this constant motion between genre, between psychological and political space, and between a recent past, an intensified present and a near future. It’s a motion that mirrors that of a planet where millions are trying to slip away “from once fertile plains cracking with dryness, from seaside villages gasping beneath tidal surges, from overcrowded cities and murderous battlefields”.
added by VivienneR | editThe Guardian, Sukhdev Sandhu (Mar 12, 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.

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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"--… (more)

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