Exit West

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 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 whisper...

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Title:Exit West
Author:Mohsin Hamid
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ISBN:0735212171
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:231 pages

Exit West Reviews

  • Sam
    Dec 29, 2016
    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 beau...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 20, 2017
    4+. We need more books like this, or no, maybe that's wrong, what we need are more 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,...
  • Trish
    Feb 24, 2017
    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 bendi...
  • Iris P
    Feb 22, 2017
    Exit West Mohsin 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...
  • Elyse
    Apr 17, 2017
    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 completel...
  • Ariel
    May 25, 2017
    Very fascinatingly, I think I would have liked this book more 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...
  • Maxwell
    Mar 12, 2017
    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 ...
  • Larry H
    Mar 08, 2017
    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 dr...
  • Snotchocheez
    Apr 14, 2017
    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 novel Exit West. In an unnamed city in an unnamed Middle Eastern country (not unlike the similarly themed Guapa by S...
  • Emily May
    Mar 30, 2017
    “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, m...