Exit West #2020

Exit West By Mohsin Hamid Exit West 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 and are soon cloistered in

  • Title: Exit West
  • Author: Mohsin Hamid
  • ISBN: 9780735212176
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Exit West By Mohsin Hamid 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 and are soon cloistered in a 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 whisperIn 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 and are soon cloistered in a 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 the violence escalates, 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 follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
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    About "Mohsin Hamid"

    1. Mohsin Hamid

      Mohsin Hamid is the author of four novels, Moth Smoke, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, and Exit West, and a book of essays, Discontent and Its Civilizations.His writing has been featured on bestseller lists, adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, selected as winner or finalist of twenty awards, and translated into thirty five languages.Born in Lahore, he has spent about half his life there and much of the rest in London, New York, and California.

    832 thoughts on “Exit West”

    1. When we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind I thought this book was quietly brutal And quietly beautiful, as well.If you ve come here looking for magical realism, I would advise against it Exit West contains only the barest of fantastical elements essentially, metaphorical doors or portals that symbolize the migrant experience This is not explored in any depth and serves only to propel the characters from their unnamed homeland to Greece, then London, then America.Exit West i [...]


    2. I want to shove this book into everyone s hands and say, READ IT Undoubtedly the best book I ve read so far this year and one of the best I will probably read in 2017 Hamid s writing is lush and evocative and so, so beautiful The story of immigration is incredibly important for today, but it s told in a timeless fashion the magical realism is done so tastefully and imaginatively and works so well for the story He probes into the minds of our two main characters, Nadia and Saeed, in such a way th [...]


    3. Sam, I have you to thank for this one In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her So begins Mohsin Hamid s extraordinary new novel, Exit West At once both sharply current and dreamily magical, this book is social commentary, fantasy, and an emotion laded look at how we crave connection even in the most chaotic, the bleakest of times.While reading this book, all I could think of w [...]


    4. I rarely ever do this, but I m rating and reviewing this even though I haven t finished it I just cannot continue Exit West is one of the most bitterly disappointing and downright awful novels I have read in a long while The novel begins with Nadia and Saeed, a couple living in an unnamed Middle Eastern city This setting and story is what we come to expect from Hamid, who also wrote the flawed but admirable The Reluctant Fundamentalist The city is crumbling around Nadia and Saeed, blackouts are [...]


    5. 4 We need books like this, or no, maybe that s wrong, what we need are readers of books like this The country it takes place is unnamed, but one part makes it sound as if it is in Asia somewhere A country under siege by opposing parties, a country at war with itself, a dangerous place, how so many in this world live in constant danger, constant war.Saeed and Nadia meet, forge a relationship, when their country erupts in violence, it becomes unlivable They seek ways to leave, hire a coyote who [...]


    6. Very fascinatingly, I think I would have liked this book if I had never read the synopsis The synopsis makes it sound like we re going to have two lovers who are in a city that is becoming a war zone and then discover magical doors that lead them far away and it s hard but they have each other That s definitely what happens but it s also really not what happens I d say that s the first third of this book If I were to give a synopsis it would be Two people meet and because their city becomes a w [...]



    7. 2.5 stars What started out to be a gorgeously haunting look at life in a Middle East city at the brink of civil war turned ponderous and perplexing by the end of Mohsin Hamid s slim novelExit West In an unnamed city in an unnamed Middle Eastern country not unlike the similarly themedGuapa by Saleem Haddad , two young professionals Saeed, a quiet, pious man who lives with his parents and works for an advertising firm specializing in billboards and bus placards and Nadia, an enigmatic black robe w [...]


    8. Saeed and Nadia are contemporary young adults who come together in a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet by war Nadia is living alone as a young single female When she leaves her flat, she wears a flowing black robe over her jeans and sweater which completely covers every inch of her body This is her choice Why would a modern thinking young woman who rides a motorbike who attends business classes who chooses to live alone who buys her own pot and psychedelic m [...]


    9. I finished Exist West almost a month ago and my review will reflect that because I tend to quickly forget details Yeah, my memory is not that good It took me a while to write a review due to a combination of hectic days at work and a new kitty at home our first one Waiting so long to review also had its perks as I decided to change my rating from 4 to 3 I did not remain with the impression that it was a book that I would warmly recommend Also, I was lucky to read the much better Home Fire, anoth [...]


    10. There s a clue early on that Mohsin Hamid posits attachment to place, even cultural identity as skin deep, an adaptation rather than any quintessential expression of identity Nadia, the heroine, covers herself in black veils but as a defence against predatory or bigoted males rather than as an expression of religious or cultural conviction Living spaces in this novel are depicted as temporary, transient, replacable Even national identity is largely a series of acquisitions and adaptations, rathe [...]


    11. Exit WestMohsin Hamid The AuthorWe are all migrants through timeMoshin Hamid Exit West Literature fulfills many roles in our lives We read to learn about a certain topic, to develop a deeper sense of empathy, in search of enlightenment or just as a pure source of escapism In Exit West, author Mohsin Hamid pursues a highly idealistic but worthy goal, namely, to give us a story that regards our planet s geography, its borders, and resources in a different way.Exit West is a wonder of a novel Hamid [...]


    12. People are on the move in Hamid s latest book, south to north and east to west This strange little novel definitely has the feel of a season of sense8, the Netflix Original production about shifts in consciousness, space, and time Hamid s characters, Nadia and Saeed, experience the bending of time and place, as when they leave their own war torn country on the Asian subcontinent, a passage both like dying and like being born Hamid s female character Nadia, who insists on being draped in a black [...]


    13. Exit West had the potential to be the greatest novel published in the last ten years I don t say such things liberally it really did have a certain power due to it being so politically conscious, though somehow it failed to deliver what it could have done.Let us rewind a little Exit West begins in an undisclosed east, in a city at war The corrupt government is subsequently toppled and the new regime isn t exactly any better The ordinary citizens, those with no particular political ties, are forc [...]


    14. For when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind Though a thin slip of a novel, Exit West packs a powerful punch cloaked subtly in a quiet but dynamic tale of migration, told in exquisite yet plain language that is thought provoking and soothing and enraging and just plain beautiful Nadia and Saeed of a unnamed nation are the focal points, and we follow their journey through young love in a country on the precipice of civil war, to unsteady allies as unwanted refugees in lands [...]


    15. I read this with very high expectations because of all the hype I ended up wondering if a lot of the praise it s received has to do with its subject matter than its quality as a novel.Its subject matter is the plight of refugees without question one of the most potentially moving and pertinent stories offered by the world we live in But this novel was oddly unmoving for the most part, due to the somewhat anaemic and dispassionate nature of its two central characters Saeed and Nadia both begin t [...]


    16. Edit rounded down stars from 4 to 33.5 Stars remains the same In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak for her For many days In public, Nadia is always dressed in a flowing black robe, covering every inch of her from her neck to her toes Saeed has a shadow of a beard, stubble, which he meticulously maintains They are studying corporate identity and product branding, despite the feelin [...]


    17. I really loved this book, and can say without hyperbole that it accomplishes one of or in my opinion, THE main goal of fiction it generates empathy that allows us to better understand our world The story here is a close allegory of the contemporary migrant experience, and the clever use of a surrealist device I won t spoil it and the close 3rd realism with which the two leads are drawn makes a deep, lasting impact The surreal real mix is echoed in Hamid s clever mingling of classicism and the co [...]


    18. Wow This is such an amazing book, and despite it being set in a near future, it s completely current In fall into prose, Hamid tells a love story between two refugees, where doors offer escape from their war torn country I love how so many authors are using fabulism in their novels recently, and Hamid s fabulistic doors offer a unique look into the sudden ness of being forced to leave home Exit West is such a bittersweet, human story I recommend reading it in 1 2 sittings it s so easy to become [...]


    19. Early in this book about exile, there is a tiny little scene featuring a telescope When I read that scene, I immediately thought, yes, looking through a telescope is a perfect metaphor to use in a book that sets out to examine the plight of people whom the majority of the book s readers may not otherwise see close up.If I picked up on that minor scene, it was because I d been thinking about telescopes in relation to another book about exile I d been reading, Us Them, which, like a metaphorical t [...]


    20. This is a brilliant and moving read from Mohsin Hamid which provides a critically imperative and timely novel of the urgency of contemporary global issues with the rising tide of displaced refugees and migrants In beautiful prose, Hamid weaves a personal affecting account of being a refugee with providing a social and political commentary on war, and the deplorable experiences that refugees are subject to in various countries in the west It begins in the East, a country that to me feels like it [...]


    21. Hamid s novels seem to produce extreme reactions I am in the camp that finds his writing, his perspective, his understanding of human nature, of history, of lovers, of life, and his run on sentences see what I did there to be magical How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a book I found to be stunning Almost no one talks about it On the other hand, everyone read and talks about The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a novel I found to be fine, but not special Exit West has a great deal in common with [...]


    22. I ve seen this book quite a lot online since its release a couple of months back and finally decided to give it a shot yesterday and I was transfixed almost instantly with that first chapter, especially once the dynamic Nadia was introduced into my life When Saeed and Nadia finally had coffee together in the cafeteria, which happened the following week, after the very next session of their class, Saeed asked her about her conservative and virtually all concealing black robe If you don t pray, he [...]


    23. I m a firm believer that an audio book can either make or break a book It could be just a meh book and the narration can be so wonderful it catapults the book to the tops of lists Then, there is the other side And this is where that book falls for me.I was so looking forward to this one and grabbed the audio Sorry, but I will just say it was not for me The narrator, the author himself, spoke in very short, halting sentences I have no idea if that is how the print was or not oh I hope it was not [...]


    24. This was beautiful, stunning, memorable, and really special an anti war and pro tolerance piece with a human heart Mohsin Hamid never loses sight of the important factors of his story his characters and their interactions he doesn t stray from the emotional heart of this story to make a point and he writes with a precision and beauty that is absolutely breath taking This is Nadia s and Saeed s story from their first meeting in an unnamed muslim country on the brink of civil war, to their subsequ [...]


    25. 4.5 stars really, why is that function not available on GoodReads in 2017 Ha Anyway, back to the matter in a hand With Exit West I think Mohsin Hamid does something quite spectacular At the forefront this is a novel about the refugee crisis, and worlds turmoil, right now when you read it you ll notice where the books different settings are yet set in an alternate near now where people can escape through random doors which take them to other countries It is also a stunning tale of a relationship [...]


    26. You know that feeling when you have a great meal, but it s missing something, a touch of seasoning or something a bit filling That s what I felt about this book, the potential was limitless the sky was the limit for this novel, yet it felt short It s political It s sad It s a post Brexit world There are doors and gaps and different countries and two people in love Saeed and Nadia the two heroes From the East going to the West The language is beautiful and fluid, romantic with not much dialogue [...]


    27. 3.5 starsI have to admit I missed something here with Exit West and for that I am disappointed with myself, definitely not with the book though I don t think I got the full enjoyment that many other readers did from this book because of feeling like I did miss out on something I just keep thinking I should ve felt , understood or had insight into my reading experience than I did Maybe it was my expectations Not sure All of Norma s my reviews can be found on our Sister Blog twogirlslostinacoule [...]


    28. 4.5ish stars.Hamid somehow manages to make this intimate and universal it s magical but also so grounded in reality it s melancholy but hopeful It s about freedom, connection, struggle and discovery And it just hit home for me.I was engaged from the beginning when I was first introduced to the heroes of the book, Nadia and Saeed The magic of the doors and the speculation they provide took it further and made me ponder without feeling like I was being compelled to pick sides or consider a specifi [...]


    29. An intriguing and penetrating look at the overlap between familiar and extraordinary Or that s what it was for me, sitting pretty in my white middle class, safe, Western life The point being that for too many people around the world, violence and war are far from unknown My reading of the book saw an emphasis on the striking dichotomy between the apparent normality of two young people meeting, going on dates, and falling in love, with the brutal, sudden invasion of death.For Nadia this person wa [...]


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