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Exit West Audiobook

Exit West

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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017

Discover the unforgettable novel picked among 2017's most anticipated books by the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Buzzfeed, New York Times and many more.... An extraordinary story of love and hope, travelling from the Middle East to London and beyond, from the best-selling, Man Booker-short-listed author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Nadia and Saeed are two ordinary young people attempting to do an extraordinary thing - to fall in love - in a world turned upside down. Theirs will be a love story but also a story about how we live now and how we might live tomorrow, of a world in crisis and two human beings travelling through it.

Civil war has come to the city which Nadia and Saeed call home. Before long they will need to leave their motherland behind - when the streets are no longer useable and the unknown is safer than the known. They will join the great outpouring of people fleeing a collapsing city, hoping against hope, looking for their place in the world....

©2017 Moshin Hamid (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    bookylady 23/10/2017
    bookylady 23/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting, but lacked sparkle."

    I have been fascinated by Mohsin Hamid's previous books and so I looked forward to settling down to listen to this one. Whilst the storyline was fine (boy meets girl in an un-named repressive state, they fall in love in difficult family circumstances and escape to the west) it never really took flight for me. There have been many other novels like this, examining what it is like to be an outsider in an unfamiliar and often unwelcoming culture and how these experiences affect personal relationships.

    For me the book lacked something that made it different, made it stand out in the crowd of similar stories. It is very well written and the characters are interesting and believable. The whole thing just lacked a bit of sparkle and oomph , for me.

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    Mark Essex 27/11/2017
    Mark Essex 27/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Another great listen"

    Experimental and fable like love story set agains tensions in the east - west dynamic.
    Ishiguro like in all the best ways.

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    Christine 04/10/2017
    Christine 04/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Much more than a love story"

    The first half of this book is indeed an interesting insight into love in a war zone, but once the concept of "doors" is introduced this book becomes so much more. It is a wonderful view of the circular nature of conflict, and an insight into the sometimes inexplicable behaviour of others. A worthy Booker finalist.

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    joanna mitchell glasgow 22/08/2017
    joanna mitchell glasgow 22/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting themes about global migration"

    The blurb implies this to be a love story, and while a couple's relationship is the thread running through it, I would not call it a 'love story'. It is a commentary on global mass migration (using the doors was an interesting way of showing this) and the problems and benefits it can create. Gave it 3 stars because it wasn't terrible but equally wasn't great. There were cute and also thought-provoking moments but on the whole there was nothing too special about it.

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    Sharon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 09/08/2017
    Sharon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 09/08/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Refugee Blues"
    If you could sum up Exit West in three words, what would they be?

    Escape, magical, pain.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Timely novel about migration and being a refugee. A couple fall in love in an unnamed middle-eastern city as war breaks about around them. They realise they must escape and hear about "doors" they can move through to safety in other parts of the world. Novel becomes increasingly surreal - it seems like the whole of humanity is able to shift though these warps of time and space. Loved the gentle tone of the book despite the horror of war. The first part of the novel was strongest for me as we got to know Nadia and Saaed but towards the end it seemed to lose its way.


    What about Ashley Kumar’s performance did you like?

    His voice suited the text - gentle, well-modulated voice.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There are doors for refugees to escape the horror of war ...


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    02/11/17
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    "A Well Told Story Told From Far Away"

    This a a brilliant tale beautifully told of what it is when your world slowly disintegrates and the familiar becomes alien and then to be a refugee in a strange world.

    It deals with the terrible events in a very gentle and genteel way. It has beautifully crafted language and it slips smoothly by.

    There in lies the problem it reads as if the writer has never had a days hardship in his life. It is a tale told from the top looking down on the hoi polloi through a reverse telescope.

    It very well done but its also very Oxbridge. it just lacks a feeling of authenticity.


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