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Exit West Hardcover – 7 Mar 2017
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Writing in spare, crystalline prose, Hamid conveys the experience of living in a city under siege with sharp, stabbing immediacy
(Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)
As with the very best literature, its crystalline readability fast eclipses its topicality (Mail on Sunday)
Publisher's description. In an unnamed city swollen by refugees but not yet at war, two young people meet and fall in love. They pretend not to hear the sound of bombs getting closer every night. But one day soon they will have to escape this place, running for their lives, searching for their place in the world. (Penguin)
Impressive... Exit West confirms Hamid's reputation as a brilliant ventriloquist who is deeply engaged with the most pressing issues of our time (Andrew Motion (Book of the Week) Guardian)
Powerful... Hamid unfolds the disintegration of civic life and the couple's poignant intimacy with vivid, economical strokes. Hamid is the master of the illuminating metaphor (Sunday Times)
Wry and intelligent... Part pared-down romance, part 21st-century fable for a world of porous borders, Exit West is a thought experiment that pivots on the crucial figure of this century: the migrant (Financial Times)
A subtle and moving examination of how human relationships endure and falter under unimaginable pressures. Exit West is an instant classic (GQ)
Breathlessly relevant... Hamid's book could hardly be more timely; it's addictively readable and brilliantly written to boot (Mail on Sunday)
Astonishing (Zadie Smith)
Exit West packs such an emotional wallop you will be thinking about it for days afterwards. For Hamid is not only telling a story, he is asking what sort of a world we want to live in. (Editor's Choice, the Bookseller)
A love story as spare, haunting and spiritually powerful as a haiku. All my life I will remember Nadia and Saeed, their humanity against a surreal, broken landscape. Exit West is Hamid's finest book. (Kiran Desai)
It's a terrific, beautifully constructed, important novel of our time. This is what we expect fiction to do: to examine our age but also to cast an eye on the past and - very brilliantly in this case - on the future too. I love it. (Mirza Waheed)
Exit West is a masterpiece. It stretches the boundaries of the real just enough to make a point about the state of immigrants and refugees in the contemporary world. But it's very much grounded in reality. It's a beautiful book. (Michael Chabon)
Mohsin Hamid is one of the most talented and formally audacious writers of his generation (Telegraph)
A man born to write (Dave Eggers)
The voice of a changing continent. A writer at the top of his game (Metro)
About the Author
Mohsin Hamid is the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), Moth Smoke and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, as well as the collection of essays Discontents and Its Civilizations. He writes regularly for the New York Times, the Guardian and the New York Review of Books. Born and mostly raised in Pakistan, he has since lived between Lahore, London and New York.
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And yet Hamid tells his story in a world where politics, civilization itself, rides on nationalism -- vigilantism --fundamentalism. There are no givens anymore, nor freedoms, nor choices. But as Hamid ends his story, the deserts in Chile may still revel in the stars.
Coetzee had begun the refugee/immigrant story in the boyhood of Jesus. These stories have only begun.
Truly extraordinary book from Mohsin Hamid.
Go for it, there is no book more timely than this one.
As Saeed and Nadia move through Mykonos, London and California, it becomes increasingly evident that the cities they live in now are not too disparate from the city they left behind as nativist paranoia makes survival a daily challenge. As the hostility in the environment grows, they are pushed towards the peripheries of existence, bartering clothes for food and food for medicines, in what seems like an endless cycle of exploitation and depravity.
Thus, it does not seem surprising when we see that even the most basic and simple things take a grotesque shape for people living under such vile conditions; for instance, it’s the death of Nadia’s cousin that cements her relationship with Saeed. In fact, it is violence that brings them close together and stability that tears them apart eventually.
Hamid ends the novel on a sanguine note, as the protagonists meet years later in the country they had to exit suddenly, a glimmer of hope revived and reclaimed regarding the future. In an interview with The Guardian, Hamid had insisted on the importance of a hopeful ending, expressing that “putting forth an optimistic vision like that makes that vision, in some small way, more likely to come true.” //
Started reading novel with lot of expectations of how 2 lovers would escape from all the war-prone zone. Throughout the book you can see Saeed and Nadia in the journey of their lives. It started with so much intensity of how in a land of fear how would one find true love, but as realistic as it turns out the pages ahead shows an entirely new twist.
It is certainly not for someone who would want to read as happily ever after fairy tale. The reader will realize along their journey of how hard the life can get. The path that saeed and nadia take is one of the most scary and at same time how they enjoy tiny moments in midst of all chaos. i wont say ending is not as expected, its better to start the novel with no expectations rather than assuming the ending in a particular way. You will enjoy the book that way. after long time a book that says harsh truth of life in such straight forward manner , life is certainly a journey if you enjoy the path you take else its as horrible as it can get.
I am a great fan of Mohsin Hamid and Reluctant Fundamentalist remains at the very top of my "best liked" list. Will wait for his next one - I know the wait is going to be long...sigh
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