If the people of this religion [Islam] are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed. They convey the meaning better and their rhymed prose is in better meter.
I just cannot continue. Exit West is one of the most bitterly disappointing and downright awful novels I have read in a long while. The novel begins with Nadia and Saeed, a couple living in an unnamed Middle-Eastern city.
This setting and story is what we come to expect from Hamid, who also wrote the flawed but admirable The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The city is crumbling around Nadia and Saeed, blackouts I rarely ever do this, but I'm rating and reviewing this even though I haven't finished it.
The city is crumbling around Nadia and Saeed, blackouts are frequent, the water supply is often cut and drones hover overhead at all times.
But yet, despite these enormous setbacks and struggles, they live on.
If the novel were just the couple and their fight to live in their city, then what a wonderful book it would have been. I truthfully absolutely loved these initial scenes. They are a fascinating study of a couple in wartime. But then Hamid fucks everything up.
Hamid, possessed by his own ego and the spirit of Salman Rushdie, decides that this perfectly serviceable novel needs something extra.
A little bit of magic needed to be injected into the story. For some unknown reason, Hamid has these magical doors pop up all around the world. Doorways that lead you to anywhere in the world. You step into a door in the Middle East and suddenly you are on Mykonos.
This concept sounded familiar to me, but I couldn't pinpoint it exactly.
So I read on. It is inevitable that our couple is shown to one of these doors and are whisked away from their city and their lives. The second they step foot into the magical door is when the novel goes from fairly good to absolute shit.
Why did Hamid add this ridiculous conceit to this novel? Why would he sabotage himself like this?In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed.
They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. Hindus have experienced religious persecution in the form of forceful conversions, documented massacres, demolition and desecrations of temples, as well as the destruction of universities and initiativeblog.com modern times, Hindus in the Muslim-majority regions of Kashmir, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and other countries have suffered persecution.
Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Razi. Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī ( – AD) was a Persian physician, alchemist, chemist, philosopher, and scholar.
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As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria.
Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from initiativeblog.com