Exit West (Book Review)

In a sweeping fantasy novel which touches far closer than perhaps reality in regards to the journey of migration, Hamid writes from the perspective of Nadia and Saeed- a couple falling in love in a war torn country. When they get the chance to escape through a “magic door” that takes them elsewhere, they take the risk and pay the agents to walk them through, landing at once on the Greek island of Mykonos.

The novel follows Nadia and Saeed as they take another door to London, but when the violence by “natives” against the new immigrants gets too bad, they then take a door to a village outside of San Francisco- Marin.

Throughout the book, Hamid allows the reader to struggle with what it actually means to call somewhere home and concludes in a decisive way that in fact, “we are all migrants through time.”

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