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book Æ É Join or create book clubs FINALIST FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017 NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE A breathtaking novelthat arrives at an urgent time NPR It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world and gave us a road map to our future At once terrifying and oddly hopeful Ayelet Waldman The New York Times Book Review Moving audacious and indelibly human Entertainment Weekly A rating A New York Timesbestseller the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands In a country teetering on the brink of civil war two young people meetsensual 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 doorsdoors 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 remarkable 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 As with any book by Moshin Hamid the writing is exuisite He's the kind of author who could make a telephone book read like a masterpiece And he does it without ever sounding pretentious or like he's trying too hard As a reading experience it's pleasurable Hamid is an evocative writer you feel as though you are there in places he describes with the characters I can clearly visualise each place from the novelThe trouble with this book for me is the plot The concept is an interesting one by some sort of unexplained magic portals start opening randomly all over the world between different places This of course creates some serious migration issues as the poor and desperate can suddenly access wealthier countries in a safe easy way Most of the story revolves around Saeed and Nadia a young couple in an unnamed war town city presumably from the context in either Syria or Ira It charts their life in the city as it descends into chaos then their escape to Europe through a magical portal and their lives afterwardsBoth Saeed and Nadia are interesting characters who were likeable I didn't feel a very powerful connection with either of them but I did like them The first part of the book describing their relationship developing against the backdrop of a city falling prey to war and violence was the strongest The descriptions of life for ordinary people when a developed city becomes a battlefield were extremely well done and movingFor me the concept of the doors and the point where Nadia and Saeed went through the door was where the book became less strong I liked the authenticity of the writing in the first part but as soon as we got to the teleporting portals that was lost The descriptions of life in the post portal world were believable but the story never regained its momentum after that I wasn't sure what point was being made I felt like there must be some profound metaphor underlying the text that I was too dim to seeHamid missed an opportunity here He could have taken his sympathetic Middle Eastern couple and given them a realistic journey to Europe people smugglers sinking boats nations putting up fences etc I am certain he would have done it in a very believable and hard hitting way that might have given us insight into the horrible plight of people trying to access Europe that way and all the dangers they face Giving characters the chance to just open a door and walk through to a safe European country feels like dodging the harsh realityOverall it was a well written book that I enjoyed reading but I don't think it will stick in my memory If anything I feel puzzled by it I'll certainly read of his books but this one needed a stronger plot structure

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Free reader · doc Exit West: A Novel º Â Join or create book clubs Å ❰BOOKS❯ ⚣ Exit West: A Novel Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk FINALIST FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017 NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PR FINALIST FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017 NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE A breathtaking novelthat arrives at an urgent time NPR It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world and gave us a road map to our future At once terrifying and oddly hopeful Ayelet Waldman The New York Times Book Review Moving audacious and indelibly human Entertainment Weekly A rating A New York Timesbestseller the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands In a country teetering on the brink of civil war two young people meetsensual 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 doorsdoors 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 remarkable 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 Found the plot very slow moving and containing little or no surprises Characters were uite bland and overall I was surprised that this made the Booker Shortlist Having read Hamids previous work I felt that this was very samey offering nothing new

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Exit West A NovelFINALIST FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 10 BEST BOOKS OF 2017 NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW WINNER OF THE LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR FICTION and THE ASPEN WORDS LITERARY PRIZE A breathtaking novelthat arrives at an urgent time NPR It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world and gave us a road map to our future At once terrifying and oddly hopeful Ayelet Waldman The New York Times Book Review Moving audacious and indelibly human Entertainment Weekly A rating A New York Timesbestseller the astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands In a country teetering on the brink of civil war two young people meetsensual 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 doorsdoors 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 remarkable 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 The world needs novels like Exit West exceptionally well written stories that tackle timely issues in a uniue and compelling way The story centers on Nadia and Saeed two young individuals that fall in love despite religious and societal norms conspiring against them The story is set in an unnamed country but conjured up mental images of somewhere like Syria Pakistan or even India Their relationship begins to flourish just as civil unrest builds in their country forcing them to flee as refugeesThe brilliant bit of magical realism that Hamid creates are teleportation doors that transport individuals from one country to another As potential migrants hear about these doors they become difficult to escape through guarded by the power structures The desirous the location the harder it becomes to escape The story of the refugee experience is brilliantly captured as the two lovers wind up in an upscale mansion in London overtaken by other refugees many from Africa along with their sojourn to Northern CA in Marin County We come to see the characters undergo the pain and struggle of dislocation from friends family and familiar surroundings while struggling to survive in foreign places where they are generally unwelcome Each of them copes with the situation in different ways creating tension in their relationship with each otherThis is an absolutely astonishing book of love and loss hope and failure hate and acceptance It is rightly hailed as one of the best books of 2017 and should be on everyone's must read list It will undoubtedly become one of the best books of the decade