Book Title: Exit West
Book Author: Mohsin Hamid
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date: March 7th 2017
This was my first Mohsin Hamid book so I had no idea what to expect. It wasn’t so difficult to get into the mood of the book or get connected with the characters. They were simple enough, first names basis, easy going and didn’t say much. Though I’m not sure whether this was the character’s mood or the books but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
The book follows two people, Saeed and Nadia, who met and fell in love. Shortly after, they had to leave their homeland behind because of the war and they find themselves entering a door that lead to an alien and uncertain place.
I liked the idea of the book. I took it mostly as metaphorical especially when it comes to the places they go to, the people they met and the new place they have found and assumed it would be their sanctuary.
But, here comes the but, as much I liked it, there were some parts that have been a bit slow for me. I also felt the need to be more connected to the characters, it was left up to our imagination most of the time as to what they are thinking which could work for some readers.
All in all, it was a good read but get ready to have a very open mind as you will have to grasp what you can and have your own interpretations of the book.
I’d first love to thank Penguin UK books @penguinukbooks for sending me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.