Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (47/52)

The experience of a refugee is both precarious and mysterious. Hamid captures the journey of two escapees of war, Saeed and Nadia. By trusting the doors of escape, they bond and eventually, when safety is finally felt, drift. Hamid’s writing is striking. It is incantatory in its poetry. The power of touch is explored throughout the novel in the ways its presence brings comfort and its absence isolation. Hamid also explores if a happy ending exists for people who must flee. Excellent book.



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