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Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
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Exit West: A Novel (original 2017; edition 2018)

by Mohsin Hamid (Author)

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Title:Exit West: A Novel
Authors:Mohsin Hamid (Author)
Info:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
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Tags:Immigration, Read in 2018

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (2017)

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Exit West is about Nadia and Saeed, who live in a nameless war torn Muslim country, most likely in the Middle East. Saeed is a devout Muslim, while Nadia is an independent non-believer who is single, yet lives alone in her own apartment, which is almost unheard of. They meet at a night class and soon begin a relationship. They decide to leave their country in search of a better life. They find a magical door and walk through it. On the other side is the Greek island of Mykonos. After living there for a while, they go through another door and end up somewhere else, and so on. Their relationship evolves and eventually devolves throughout their journey. Hamid’s depiction of the disintegration of a relationship was so authentic, I thought it was amazing.

I thought using the doors as a device to get Nadia and Saeed from place to place was inventive and creative. This allowed Hamid to focus on their lives as immigrants in the places they traveled to without getting bogged down in all of the red tape that immigrating in real life involves. There’s no way they could have lived in so many places otherwise.

My book club read Exit West a few months ago – it was a great selection. It brings up so many issues related to immigration and refugees to talk about. Nadia is an interesting person to discuss as well. Though she is not religious, she wears traditional Muslim dress, even when she and Saeed move to other countries. We talked about why she does this as well as about Nadia and Saeed’s relationship. Recommended. ( )
  mcelhra | Mar 20, 2019 |
Oddly bloodless tale of migrants and their migrations. This never really seemed to get going which may itself have been a metaphor for the transient lives of our protagonists, but it felt kind of weightless which is the exact opposite of how I remember The Reluctant Fundamentalist. ( )
  asxz | Mar 13, 2019 |
This book is the epitome of 'show don't tell'. And what Hamid shows (and doesn't show) is so subtly done that you'll be unpacking it long after you've finished reading the book. What a pleasure. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
The news in those days was full of war and migrants and nativists, and it was full of fracturing too, of regions pulling away from nations, and cities pulling away from hinterlands, and it seemed that as everyone was coming together everyone was also moving apart. Without borders nations appeared to be becoming somewhat illusory, and people were questioning what role they had to play.

Despite all my personal and political uncertainty, I feel this is a necessary book. Exit West feels both inchoate and timeless. It is a Romeo and Juliet of Mosul/Aleppo. This dream world operates just out of focus, these star-crossed lovers finds themselves in a surreal UK where a referendum allows civil war against the migrants. It twists the notions of tribe and time while the surveillance state keeps meticulous record.

There is a fuzzy counterpoint to the saga. Each episode offers just a whisper of the human. Our devices have become our souls, our oracles. Keep in the shade of the tree of knowledge, remember that the sky has eyes and watch that character count. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
This book is probably one of the biggest disappointments of the year. A book that has been nominated for arguably the most prestigious literary award is an overwritten mess. I feel like Hamid has been told how clever he is that this book was going to be his "most clever book ever" and it suffered from it. So very, very disappointed in this book. ( )
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
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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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