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Exit West: A Novel de Mohsin Hamid
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Exit West: A Novel (2017 original; edició 2018)

de Mohsin Hamid (Autor)

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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, 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 doors -- doors 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 the couple 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.… (més)
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Títol:Exit West: A Novel
Autors:Mohsin Hamid (Autor)
Informació:Riverhead Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 256 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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Sortida a Occident de Mohsin Hamid (2017)

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  2. 10
    American War: A novel de Omar El Akkad (sturlington)
  3. 10
    Les formes del verb anar de Jenny Erpenbeck (charl08)
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    The Road Home de Rose Tremain (JenMDB)
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I loved the idea of this book but I didn't love the book. I thought the initial chapters were strongest, showing how a civil war can plunge a city into hardship and danger, turning the lives of the residents upside down in a brief period, and forcing difficult decisions on whether to leave and who to leave behind.

After that I just found it less interesting, it doesn't feel like it delves very deeply into the refugee experience either on a collective or individual level and the central couple become less interesting. I did like some of the little vignettes about characters that don't recur and felt some of these could have been developed more to use the concept of the doors in more interesting ways. ( )
  AlisonSakai | Oct 16, 2021 |
Writing was okay, but plot moved very slowly -
with characters staying distant from readers =
when interrupted by too many oddly introduced violent events, I gave up. ( )
  m.belljackson | Sep 27, 2021 |
This book began with great promise but ended up really frustrating me. The long twisting run-ons that piled on cause and effect one after the other, though they invigorated the writing at first with their sense of surprise and trust in the narrator's omniscience, started to feel gimmicky, random, empty of real power, almost a ploy to stun the reader with a final surprising phrase after a game of word association. The rarity of scenes and dialogues, which at first set up the fable-like atmosphere of the plot, then started feeling lazy, like the writer could only advance the plot through summary rather than drama.

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  Gadi_Cohen | Sep 22, 2021 |
It's a decent book, but I wish it had something more to say, something that I don't already know or haven't realized yet. Fundamentalism and how it tears apart societies and cultures have been explored in far greater detail in other stories. Hamid has nothing new or interesting to show here, other than the 'doors,' which stands in as a parable for immigration.

And that's where the problem begins. Immigration is difficult, and yes, Hamid shows the effects in quite vivid detail. But immigration due to war - the one Saeed and Nadia are escaping from - is an arduous journey. The 'doors' simplify and take away from that journey by having them teleport around the globe just like that. In reality, it is a journey full of danger, with many losing their lives along the way. We've all seen the capsized boats, for example. When the journey can enrich your story, why take it away with a portal? And also, they keep moving from place to place... because their hearts don't settle in their host countries? Real immigrants don't have a choice. Let that settle in for a second.

Saeed and Nadia's relationship over time is portrayed quite well. The message of the latter's burka is on the nose, especially in how 'rebellious' and 'free spirited' she is and look-how-ironic-I-am-by-'choosing'-to-wear-this. Saeed is bland and generic in contrast, and he is used as a lens to portray how fundamentalism can impact people's minds and prey on their vulnerable states in such regions. I appreciated how Hamid showed the evolution of their relationship, especially in how it changes over time and circumstances.

I really enjoyed [b:The Reluctant Fundamentalist|40961543|The Reluctant Fundamentalist|Mohsin Hamid|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1532715321l/40961543._SY75_.jpg|725380]. It offered an interesting tale that was fresh and had interesting things to say. I can't say the same for Exit West. It's not a bad book, but it's just not a compelling one. ( )
  bdgamer | Sep 10, 2021 |
migration, immigrants, love, resettlement, refugees, Asia, metaphor, magical realism, magical doors, religion, inequality, social issues. ( )
  mgriel | Sep 5, 2021 |
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Sortida a Occident, de Mohsin Hamid, comença sent una història d’amor íntima i emocionant i acaba sent una profecia novel·lada sobre el futur que, globalment, ens espera. En Saeed i la Nadia són dos joves que viuen en un país del qual no se’ns diu el nom però que per les seves característiques -és musulmà i està governat per un règim autoritari contra el qual se subleven milícies integristes- resulta familiar. L’amor entre en Saeed, retret i conservador, i la Nadia, valenta i independent, creix a mesura que el seu país s’esllavissa per l’abisme de la guerra, cosa que els obliga a fugir. És en aquest punt que Hamid es treu de la màniga un cop d’efecte argumental que desplaça les coordenades de gènere de la novel·la. Resulta que, arreu del planeta, han començat a aparèixer portes secretes i especials que transporten qui les travessa a un altre indret del globus. La introducció d’un element tan explícitament fantasiós fa que, després de creure durant tot el terç inicial que ens trobàvem davant d’un relat realista (si bé l’autor va preparant el que vindrà mitjançant unes escenes breus i estranyes), de sobte ens descobrim abocats a una mena de faula futurològica.
afegit per bugaderes39 | editaAra, Pere Antoni Pons (Nov 11, 2017)
 
Exit West is animated – confused, some may think – by this constant motion between genre, between psychological and political space, and between a recent past, an intensified present and a near future. It’s a motion that mirrors that of a planet where millions are trying to slip away “from once fertile plains cracking with dryness, from seaside villages gasping beneath tidal surges, from overcrowded cities and murderous battlefields”.
afegit per VivienneR | editaThe Guardian, Sukhdev Sandhu (Mar 12, 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, 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 doors -- doors 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 the couple 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.

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