Last Fall, I watched 4.1 Miles, a short documentary on the refugee crisis in Greece created by a Berkeley grad (below).
A few weeks ago, I read an article about how overweight Asian-Americans and more emotionally expressive Asian-Americans are perceived as more “American.”
Let’s just say my faith in the world’s perception of immigration is not at an all time high.
Perfect time to dive into a good fiction novel. But not too fiction. In fact, Exit West, the book I am about to tell you all about, is very with the times. It is about a young woman who meets a young man in a Middle Eastern country (which country is never specified in the novel). They begin dating secretly, and as their city crumbles around them, they are forced to make choices as a couple that a normal couple would otherwise not have to make.
The writing in the book is magical and gushes from the pages at you. As I was reading the book, I would get lost in the specifics of the moment and forget that what I was really experiencing was a heart-breaking story painted in the most beautiful way.
Mohsin Hamid, the author, is able to engage the reader in making the smallest of acts tell the biggest stories, and over the course of 240 pages, he is able to tell the story of two people’s entire lives.
The book helped me understand things that are going on in the world today, in a more touching way than reading the news might. I would definitely recommend this book to all readers of this blog (you)!
Picture from Bookshelves & Paperbacks