Exit West

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

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017
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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Interesting, but lacked sparkle.

I have been fascinated by Mohsin Hamid's previous books and so I looked forward to settling down to listen to this one. Whilst the storyline was fine (boy meets girl in an un-named repressive state, they fall in love in difficult family circumstances and escape to the west) it never really took flight for me. There have been many other novels like this, examining what it is like to be an outsider in an unfamiliar and often unwelcoming culture and how these experiences affect personal relationships.

For me the book lacked something that made it different, made it stand out in the crowd of similar stories. It is very well written and the characters are interesting and believable. The whole thing just lacked a bit of sparkle and oomph , for me.
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- bookylady

Another great listen

Experimental and fable like love story set agains tensions in the east - west dynamic.
Ishiguro like in all the best ways.
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- Mark

Book Details

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