Exit West

Exit West

Large Print - 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: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2017
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410499486
Branch Call Number: LP FIC HAM
Characteristics: 263 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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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.

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.

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

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…..

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.

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.

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.

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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