Tuesday, 4 April 2017

BOOK REVIEW: EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

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Exit West is a novel written by the highly acclaimed author Mohsin Hamid. This is his latest novel. This book is one of the most memorable books of 2017 as per Amazon. Click on the given link to grab a copy https://amzn.to/2QQiHZD 
Migration /Migrators: In a nutshell, this story is about migration - be it the physical migration of an individual from one place to another in search of a better life or in order to escape the cruelties of war or in search of an illusion of happiness....It may even be a mental or an emotional migration, which we all go through either gradually with the passing of time or it may be a sudden and spontaneous one throwing us in unfamiliar, unknown and uncomfortable zones!!!

" For when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind."
" Everyone migrates, even if we stay in the same houses our whole lives because we can't help it."
These two lines from the story sum up the feelings stirred in me by this beautiful, poignant, sad yet at the same time a story which is full of hope, faith, and love!!

The book revolves around the lives of two young people, Saeed and Nadia, who meet and fall in love, in the background of a war-torn country. However, life is very insecure owing to the growing unrest in the country, where no place is safe nor is anyone reliable!!
BLACK  DOORS were mysterious exits in secret places across the town, which had the ability to take people away from the collapsing town to far away places like London or Greece or San Francisco. Saeed and Nadia also joined others fleeing from their hometown, hoping for their place in the world. 
How I wish I could say that the story ends on
a "happily ever after" note here with Saeed and Nadia building their new life in a new city with full of positivity and love!!! Alas, life never turns out as we expect it to......
Saeed and Nadia had to face a whole new set of challenges in the form of adjusting to a new life as that of a war victim, an illegal immigrant trying to not lose their identity, their roots in a foreign land. 

Hamid has woven many short beautiful stories in this complex web - stories not directly related to the main plot but somehow deeply embedded in the storyline. I am not exaggerating when I say that these stories are the highlight of the book. I actually would go back to re-read these stories.

This story does have a happy ending where all the wrongs do not convert into rights BUT a time and place in this universe where Saeed and Nadia are at peace with each other and especially content with the way their lives have shaped up!!


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

BOOK REVIEW : GOOD ME BAD ME by ALI LAND




This is my first book review after almost one year - my first proper good book after almost a year. Now I am sure you must be wondering what the whole fuss about a "good book" is for!!!!!!!

In my simple terms, a good book is one which is not a mushy romance story and most importantly, one that is not free on Kindle..:)

What attracted me to this book was this intriguing title: GOOD ME BAD ME I feel that this phrase is a sum definition of all of us. We are a blend of good and bad. No one can claim to be perfect. It is not always about black or white.  It is the grey shade which holds the mystery and the answers too.

This book is a thriller written by first-time author Ali Land. She has spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Nurse in the UK and Australia.

This story is about a mother-daughter duo. The daughter is the only witness to her mother's gruesome crimes and she takes a life-altering decision by going to the authorities against her mother.
Now the real story begins...Is it all as simple as it seems? Is the girl really a victim of her own mother's crimes or is she an accomplice who was an equal partner in all the wrongdoings or worse still, is she a gifted student who has learned it all from her teacher/ mother and is now ready to fly on her own leaving her roots behind!!!!

There is a line in the synopsis of the book which holds the key to the whole story
It goes like this :
                                "But her mother is a serial killer.
                                  And blood is thicker than water......."

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it in flat 2 days...although this is nothing special as I do this with all my books....hahaha!

On an honest note, what hit me most was how the story ended. I literally had goosebumps !!!!
I would strongly recommend this book- not for its language or the depth of the story but for its pace and characterization and of course for its end!!  You can get hold of one right away by simply clicking on this link: https://amzn.to/2U7ZtgN

Happy reading till the next time!!