Loved this book. Easy to read, no fussy excessively descriptive passages. Realistic portrayal of the way that events creep up on us without us realising at the time. Despite feeling a little lost at first, trying to locate the events, I liked that this is not about a journey travelling across geographical areas, but through the lives of people. It took me a few (confused) pages to work out the move to anticipated events but I would definitely recommend Exit West as a thought-provoking read to anyone interested in life stories.
This is my first experience reading Hamid's writing and I have to say that I am floored by the beauty with which he writes. The manner in which he captures the nebulous sensations of first attraction and burgeoning love, and then the way that love can fizzle out, his turns of phrase speak of immense wisdom and beauty. I will be reading more of his work for sure.
I read 'Exit West' compulsively in a few hours. It is an extraordinary narrative, clear, uncluttered, cool but humane. I loved the way it was topical without being preachy or earnest. The slight tangents into fantasy, or a speculative future, were thrilling and thought-provoking.
I like to go to the bookshop and treat myself to a few random books without reading the back cover and this one turned out to be a real treat! I loved the portrayal of current immigration issues with a twist of magic. It surprised me and kept my attention, a great read.
loved this book - part fantasy, but grounded in the current environment where immigration, status of refugees and national identity and where we sit in the world. One of those books that make you sit up and take another look at things.
Manages to give a real insight into how it feels to be a refugee or asylum seeker and shows how one could become radicalised, although that isn’t the main thrust of the story. Cleverly makes you look at your own attitudes and prejudices but without seeming to. Both sad and uplifting. The main characters are interesting and sympathetic, you care about them.
I love this book from start to finish it’s fast paced and engaging. It manages to delve into the mug publicised mass migration of people that had taken place over the last years and portrays it in such a way which is new and refreshing with the developing relationship between saeed and Nadia at the heart of the story. This is a brilliant book that is perfect for anyone that wants a first person understanding of the trials and tribulations of war and mass migration.
I liked how this novel explored the day to day lives of two characters living as migrants - how they felt about themselves, their pasts and the characters and places they encountered. I wasn't so keen on the 'doors'