Book Review 127: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Sometimes listening to an author’s interview at the right time can you make read their novel. This interview on the Guardian Books podcast made me want to read Exit West by Moshin Hamid. He spoke about hopefulness towards immigration and how we are all migrants. I have moved several times in my life (one move was across the country) and his thoughts about being a migrant resonated with me.

The story revolves around Saeed and Nadia, a young couple, trying to navigate their lives in an unnamed Middle Eastern city. It seems their life will change for the better when they went through several doors that lead them to various locations around the world. On the surface, the doors seem to be a magical lottery ticket. However, the couple learns quickly that life as a refugee is inescapable.

Hamid creates compelling characters in Saeed and Nadia but the narrative had a gentle and distant quality that reminded me of Station Eleven.  Even though, those two novels are not alike. I felt as a reader that distance to the main issue (immigration and refugee life in this novel and a dystopia in Station Eleven) were similar in tone. Maybe, the distant tone to the theme provides another layer needed to tackle the terrain both books covered.

I read this novel in two nights and was engrossed by the story the entire time.  Also, Exit West has given a different perspective about immigration and what refugees deal with on an everyday basis. Exit West will be one of my favorite reads of 2018 and I highly recommended it.

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Book Review 125: Estate Planning for Authors by M.L. Buchman

Estate Planning is a topic that many people dislike to talk (or even think) about.  That includes the writer of this blog post.  However, Estate Planning is an essential element for personal finances and especially for creative types (like yours truly). I recently heard M.L. Buchman on the Creative Penn Podcast (highly recommended for authors)… Continue Reading

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Do You Re-Read?

I have a question. Do you re-read? I will admit that I do not re-read much. The last book I re-read was Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.  I did gain a lot of insight re-reading that powerful novel the second time around. I would like to think as a reader that I would… Continue Reading

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  1. Interesting topic. I’m af firm believer in re-reading books. I’m especially into series so I’m Always waiting for the next book. As soon as it comes I fly through it. So then I re-read it one or two more times to gain more insight into certain areas I may have overlooked. Plus some scenes from the book have to be read multiple times (it’s just that good) . So great blog and can’t wait for the next read.

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