Exit West and Escape

“Exit West” Is a great novel by Mohsin Hamid that features lots of different themes. One common theme that I saw a lot of in the book was escape, with lots people using the magical doors to escape from one place to another.

My favorite sentence that encapsulates this is, “All their doors remained simple doors, on/off switches in the flow between two adjacent places, binary either open or closed, but each of their doors, regarded thus with a twinge of irrational possibility, became partially animate as well, an object with a subtle power to mock, to mock the desires of those who desired to go far away, whispering silently from its door frame that such dreams were the dreams of fools.” (73). I really like this sentence because it shows Nadia and Saeed’s home and desire to escape, even to the point of believing in magical doors.