Exit West

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9780735212176What I loved most about Moshin Hamid’s novel “Exit West” was the limning of humanity, by which I mean that even under dire circumstances Hamid describes how people are people and act on impulses, feelings, thoughts and emotions. In Hamid’s novel the main characters fall in love and this love is hardly diminished by the surrounding bombing and violence. Even when the society crumbles around them and even when they become refugees, Saeed and Nadia struggle to nourish their love, develop a community and endure. I didn’t love the random magical realistic touch of the doors that transport people to different parts of the world as it seemed like a stylistic device. I did appreciate the universal aspect to this refugee narrative. Tens of millions of people are currently refugees today and in the future almost anyone could end up as one.

Nicole Charbonnet

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