Enjoying this re-read ❤️👏.
Finally got to finish this one! So beautifully written and an oddly relatable story for also being somewhat of a fantasy.
Gonna get in a chapter or two of this one that I‘m re-reading with my 17yo who‘s reading it for the first time for ATAR (Year 12) which commences on 3rd Feb.
I‘m bribing him in that he wants a driving lesson and I want this book read 😂👍. He‘s complaining vociferously about the flowery writing and long sentences. Critique away I say, as long as you can back it up 🤓😁.
So pleased this has been chosen for the Year 12 ATAR English curriculum here in Australia this year. I have a son & stepson who will be studying it. I really liked this book & it‘s such an ‘easy‘ read with lots to analyse and discuss.
Now to get them both to read it 😫. Bribery and corruption? I‘m so sad that our older two are no longer book readers 😢. I do hope they go back to it some day.
I loved the idea that poses interesting questions about refugees, migration and political responses to these issues. The descriptions of refugees‘ experiences and its influence on the protagonists‘ relationship were very interesting, but I couldn‘t quite connect to the characters. I also found the style to be over-complicated and dull sometimes.
This book lost it a bit in the middle but had a strong start and end. But not strong enough to be a pick.
There is a rather obvious metaphor about immigrants walking through magic doors to get to safer countries & doors to better countries being for the rich.
But when Hamid focused on the relationship between Nadia & Saeed and theirs with others, the book was stronger.
Henry went to vet today for vomiting. Feeling better and ate dinner tonight!
So I came home to five wonderful packages, and I‘m going to share four before I go to bed! The first I got myself. I couldn‘t resist a little retail therapy while I was recovering in Dallas, so I picked up these six books from #bookoutlet. 👍🏻📚🥳👏🏻
Have been off Litsy for a few weeks. Been so busy! But I still found time to read some great books - like this amazing work by Moshin Hamid. It is not a big book but deals with some very big issues that are happening in the world today, all the while adding an air of mystery and speculative fiction to it. Definitely a book I will remember a long time.
An odd book that reminded me of “The Underground Railroad.“ I was expecting this to be more traditional SF/F I found it slow going at first. And in the end, the fantastic elements proved to be more metaphors for the changes we experience in our lives, and for how often they throw us into situations that change us, make us more ourselves, perhaps. As the author says, “We are all nomads through time.“
This week I treated myself to a membership from the Brooklyn public library. I got my card in the mail a couple of days ago and it's wonderful! I've already borrowed a dozen books, and am currently listening to Exit West. Membership for anyone outside of the library area is $50 a year, but you can access it through Overdrive, and they have a very large catalog. In truth I'm kind of jealous because it's way better than the Chicago public library.
“Dramatic circumstances, such as those in which they and other new lovers in the city now found themselves, have a habit of creating dramatic emotions, and furthermore the curfew served to conjure up and effect similar to that of a long distance relationship, and long distance relationships are well-known for their potential to heighten passion, at least for a while, just as fasting is well known to heighten one‘s appreciation for food.“
Lots of hype surrounding this one, but I found it good enough but not exactly to my taste. The writing style took some getting used to, and though there was some beautiful and thought provoking content, I didn‘t connect that well with the story. I did very much appreciate the migrant perspective and the alternate vision of what our world could look like, and already does look like for some.
Worth the read but not one of my favorites.
Is it a realistic fantasy? Science fiction highlighting near future social issues? A story of love and loss? I shared a few quotes that were especially poignant to me and expressed the heart of this work. It is a little difficult to describe but I do encourage anyone to walk through the door to see what it is all about.
A short, quiet fable about fleeing one‘s home and the meaning of a relationship between two people. I enjoyed how Hamid gave as much weight to the stress and fear of revolution, of the unknown future Saeed and Nadia we‘re stepping into, and how the world was reacting to the doors that allowed such unprecedented migration as well as the full arc of Saeed‘s and Nadia‘s romance and the unspoken possibilities that did not happen.
The falling of a country to militant fighting prompts a couple to escape using the books deus et machina of doorways representing the illegal migrant pathways to the west and seeming safety and new lives.
Long after reading this novel I return to think of it, of certain scenes of thoughts contained. Whilst I hated the tell and not show of the narrative that sense of alienation it caused in retrospect must be what the characters feel.
Read this for the book club @MrBook and @BookBabe run. I enjoyed the plot of the story and the metaphor of doors. However, I found it to be extremely repetitive and did not enjoy the writing of it. I did not feel any emotional connection to it. Overall, I have read much better stories and books on migration.
#BookNDinner! #Thai edition! I tried a new (to me) Thai place tonight. Exquisite cuisine! Lovely ambiance too. I had a Tom Kha coconut milk soup followed by pan-seared bass in ginger sauce with veggies. Paired with a Thai iced tea with a twist—it was spiked with coconut rum. Soooo yummy! 😋 Happy reads & happy eats!