Exit West

Exit West

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Two young lovers engage in a furtive affair shaped by local unrest on the eve of a civil war that erupts in a cataclysmic bombing attack, forcing them to abandon their previous home and lives.
"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: 9780735212183
073521218X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (231 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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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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EmilyEm
Aug 09, 2017

Saeed and Nadia meet and fall in love in the most ordinary way, but theirs will not be an ordinary love story because their country is torn by militant factions. Their escape through a ‘door’ is the first hint doors will be a recurring metaphor in this book looking a refugees and their relationships to other people they’ll encounter across time and space.

Very inventive, read in one setting. Recommended as much for the writing as the story. You seldom get to read writing as good as this.

Confusing and without purpose. A love story without an anchor. Characters are in a fog. A new age novel, poetic and mercifully short. I did not get it.

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Folly
Jul 27, 2017

It seems this book has had a variety of reviews and opinions. I liked the idea behind the story - migration and the effect it has on the immigrants and the people whose country they are settling in. However, neither of these ideas were delved into, the story staying firmly with the two main characters. I found the writing style interesting at first but it started to feel a little tedious towards the end, and the two protagonists remained a bit two dimensional; maybe even becoming thinner as the book progressed. But it is a short book, quick to read, and worth it. And some people seem to love it - you might be one of them.

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VyshB
Jul 24, 2017

Good read! I liked the many, varied stories of immigrants woven through the main story line.

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mblummichaels
Jul 23, 2017

I don't know what all the hoopla is about, and am glad to see that other readers agree with me.

BrooklynLady_42 Jul 21, 2017

As another reviewer states: The book is "Poorly written or poorly translated." I agree. Finished reading it in case it would get interesting ... but it did not.

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