Exit West

Exit West

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780735212176
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: HAMID, M


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Sep 16, 2019

This was a wonderful read and I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed this book and felt like I was there experiencing it with them.

Aug 30, 2019

I finished this book in two days, though it could have been one if not for other commitments. The way it's written almost reads like poetry. I found it a moving and insightful look into what it means to be human in a world that's more diverse and more rapidly-changing than ever. I challenge anyone to read this, and not come away with a little more understanding of, if not compassion for, others.

Aug 29, 2019

Timely topic, interesting narrative, visual imagery...well worth your time if contemporary/futuristic life interests you. Recommended.

Aug 26, 2019

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Aug 26, 2019

I asked staff for some book recommendations and this is one of the books pulled from the shelf. I can't believe how quickly I got absorbed into this story and finished the book in only a few days because I simply could not put it down. The concept of travel in this book is fascinating. The story itself parallels the ebb and flow of immigration currently experienced in our real world. Great read!

Aug 21, 2019

Here's the thing: it's got beautiful imagery, a great plot, and all in all it is a good book.

However, the book is written entirely in run-on sentences (and a good chunk of things drags on as a result). If you can stand run-on sentence after run-on sentence, you'll like this book. If you can't (like me), you're going to find this book okay at first-- but barely a third of the way through you'll be dragging your feet and hating your existence because you're reading this book. Literally, I gave up 80% of the way through and skipped to the last two pages. For 50% of the book, I was forcing myself to continue entirely due to the run-on structure.

This isn't to say I have anything against the author (or the plot-- it's an amazing story, which I can't stress enough!), but it is to say that variety in sentence length can be a lifesaver. Personally I think it needs a LOT more variety, to the point where I can't give it a lot of stars: I love the story, but I dreaded continuing reading it so much that all I feel when I think about this book is dread.

So, to recap: great plot, beautifully done story; sometimes descriptions drag on. Written entirely in run-on sentences, so don't read if you're like me and cannot deal with that style of writing.

Jul 08, 2019

A one-sitting read - subtle, bittersweet, moving. Don't let the blurb on the cover fool you; the magical realism is a very minor part of this book, which is more grounded and real than a lot of realistic fiction. Saeed and Nadia are refugees and their lives and romance are impacted by that in every possible way. But Hamid shows us that "we are all migrants through time" in this affecting little book. Excellent.

May 13, 2019

Loved this book...a quick easy read.
Makes you think

Mar 28, 2019

I'm a huge fan of Jorge Luis Borges, "The Labyrinth" is my all-time favorite short story, so I really enjoyed the mysterious passages that pull Hamid's main characters through his narrative. It was a heart wrenching window to a reality far from my own, and also highly relatable though Hamid's revelatory descriptions of the complexity of love and commitment in the face of life's challenges.

Mar 02, 2019

Excellent, sensitive novel, proves that often fiction tells a greater truth than nonfiction--in this case about the immigrant experience.

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