Exit West

Exit West

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2017
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Two young lovers engage in a furtive affair 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.
Publisher: New York :, Books on Tape,, [2017]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781524752262
1524752266
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file)
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SPPL_Jessica Mar 13, 2018

Two people are falling in love as the world falls apart. I'm not sure that I have anything to add to the praise this book has already received except to say I felt like it is deserved. And, crucially for listeners of the audiobook: don't be turned off by the fact the book is read by the author. I normally try to avoid author narrated books after being burned by Fahrenheit 451 (ha) but Hamid's narration is smooth and engaging.

TechLibrarian Jan 18, 2018

This is anything but a typical love story, though it is a love story. It's also about globalization and migration and all of the ways humans can be ugly. Striking observations about human nature are put forth with eloquent but simple language that would alone make this book worth reading, especially for lovers of literary fiction. Moreover, it is especially fitting for these times. Book clubs should take note, as I think it would spark interesting conversations about immigration and relationships. It's also a short little book--just four-plus hours as an audiobook--so it's a quick read, but one that will stick with you.

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spiderfelt_0
Jul 09, 2017

This book was lyrical in a way that I don't often encounter in prose. Many passages were more like poems than I encounter in most stories. I loved the way Hamid dove in and out of the relationships that bound the characters, the way he defied my expectations of who these characters would be, what their backgrounds were and where they would go. There's a dash of suspended reality required of the reader, but I didn't mind a bit.

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obtusata
Apr 27, 2017

This book is so many things. On the surface, It's a story about a refugee crisis (and the ever present anti-migrant movements) in a world where doors open between countries allowing people to go to another country quickly and relatively easily. It's also a beautiful and honest story about a relationship between two young people who make the difficult decision to leave their home in search of safer places.

Hamid's writing was quiet, lovely and thoughtful. His main story was interspersed with with little snippets of other people's experiences, which helped to set the tone of the book as well as the consequences of the doors.

My one complaint is that I listened to the audio book, narrated by the author, and I found his performance to be a bit choppy (too many dramatic pauses, akin to William Shatner, which distracted from the flow of the writing).

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