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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780735212206
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 22 cm


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The internationally best-selling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist presents the story of two young lovers whose furtive affair is shaped by local unrest on the eve of a civil war that erupts in a cataclysmic bombing attack, forcing them to abandon their previous home and lives.

"In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet.... 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."

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Nov 28, 2018

Very interesting blend of fantasy elements and a realistic look at the problems immigrants face when forced to leave their home country and attempt to assimilate into other cultures. The book does a good job of blending these elements into a character-centered story that keeps you interested in the young couple's plight. Very relevant to today's current cultural climate.

Sep 18, 2018

emigrants saeed and nadia
the world has opened itself up in a mysterious but beautiful way, as doors are appearing that transport anyone who walks through them to other parts of the world.

Sep 12, 2018

A powerful book about escaping from a country, relationships and how people change over time, adjusting to new places and people....with a touch of "magic" or science fiction. "Doors" can help people escape from one country to another. So many people have escaped that the places they land have changed socially too, with locals reacting negatively or fleeing the area. IN the end one country comes up with a novel solution. The main story follows the two protagonists and they meet, decide to escape together, and the experiences they go through in each place. It is a powerful, beautifully written book.

Jul 02, 2018

Important attempt by Mohsin to conjure up the horrifying circumstances that propel refugees to leave their homelands and seek asylum elsewhere. I chose this for Book Club and we had a great discussion, but I did find myself wishing I cared more about the two main characters. Their situation was frightening, but I didn't feel emotionally engaged by them and didn't find their relationship credible or compelling. The suggestion that refugees can slip into new worlds via the internet/social media/phones/black rectangles was interesting - some in the group I was with found the magic hokey or confusing. Important book to read as our country drifts toward xenophobia. But if "Show, don't tell" is still the rule for fiction - and I think it is - this book got a bit too tell-y as it went on.

ArapahoeAlicia Jun 28, 2018

Beautifully written and bittersweet, a true human story not isolated to the experiences of war and immigration. This book made me think and feel in new ways.

Jun 26, 2018

Beautifully told with fluid writing. A touch of magic but the story is still very relevant and real. Timely and thought provoking.

May 09, 2018

Exit West is an incredible insight on the refugee experience - an experience most of us will never know first hand. The writing is quite striking, so much so that I found myself copying down certain passages to hold on to and remember. I was expecting a more sci-fi/fantasy aspect to the storyline, but enjoyed it nevertheless.

liljables May 01, 2018

I think readers that pick up Exit West expecting either fantasy or a war story will be disappointed (in fact, if you can avoid reading the synopsis, please do). If you approach this novel without those expectations, you'll find a subtle but powerful story about seeking refuge from conflict within a relationship. The doorways in this novel are a small magical concession within an otherwise achingly realistic story about a romance that intensifies quickly under the thumb of war, and two people who have to find themselves - and each other - within the context of an entirely new world.

Apr 17, 2018

It's a story about immigration but it is also a love story. A story about humanity. It is sad and tragic and beautiful and it filled up both my heart and my head.

Mar 17, 2018

A book about an apocalypse that is not cataclysmic but seeps into life and creates "norms" that are bizarre. Saeed and Nadia leave the crisis of their own country for an unknown place by stepping through a "door" that drops them into other places around the world. The parallels to the immigrant crisis in Europe and England are strong but the story is intelligent and compelling and not a simple statement.

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