Exit West

  • by Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by Ashley Kumar
  • 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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....

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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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- Sharon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin