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  • Thought provokingly brilliant

    Thought provoking and very original. Sheds a completely different light on the movement and displacement of people. Wonderful book.

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  • Moving, challenging, revealing

    This was an excellent and really thought-provoking book that worked on several levels. We experienced the horror of war and the isolation of being a refugee. We saw the best and worst of human nature, among both the "natives" and immigrants portrayed. The dynamic between the main characters was equally powerful and sometimes heart-breaking. The way that their relationship responded to their situation is incredibly moving as it switched between relative vulnerability and safety. This book was not a comfortable read, but I would highly recommend it and I doubt anyone would reach the end without having posed some serious questions about themselves and their attitudes to others.

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  • Original and thought provoking

    This book wasn’t what I had expected it to be. It was beautifully written. I liked the fact that the book focused on the two main characters and their individual changes and changes in their relationship while also focusing on larger issues that refugees face and not just on the journey that refugees go through. I also liked that you never really knew which country the two main characters came from as the description by the author of the city could describe many places today that refugees are fleeing. It was a bit challenging to read in the first few chapters but definitely worth the read as it’s is well written and touches you while also touching on current issues.

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  • Keep the doors open.

    The writer's style makes this book a quick and easy read. That's how things seem on the surface. Two young people, Nadia and Saeed, escape their war-torn country through the use of 'doors' that instantaneously transport a person from one country to another. The author does not explain how the doors came into being, just that at some point they began appearing and people began using them. An uncontrollable mass-migration begins as people attempt to escape war, poverty or just want a better life. Through this premise, Hamid explores notions of racism, nationalism, cultural clashes and religion. Most of this is done through relating the experiences of Nadia and Saeed as we see how their relationship alters as they travel through a rapidly changing world. This book is a reminder to keep the doors open.

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  • Don't bother

    Started off promising but soon dissolved into the kind of magical realism which was trendy in the ... the 1980's? There was a time when people thought this literary quirk was clever and interesting. Perhaps, if done well. Unfortunately this is not done well. Author seems to have nothing to say. I stopped reading.

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