This is the song that winds up unmoored between the heart that’s felt it and the tip of the tongue that awaits the heart’s transmission, the song that dies with its singer until it rises like a spirit to wander American ground, in search of a promise that’s determined to keep itself.
“The Idiot” is not just a campus novel but also a vibrant novel of ideas, and we see in young Selin a nascent literary scholar and travel writer with a propensity for analysis, connections and mordant wit.
“Exit West” is lit with hope. Hamid has said that “part of the great political crisis we face in the world today is a failure to imagine plausible desirable futures,” and that “fiction can imagine differently.”
The story is what brings you to THE WEIGHT OF THIS WORLD, but you will want to stay (and keep reading non-stop) because of Joy’s exquisite prose, particularly his rough-hewn dialogue, which is as authentic as it can possibly get.
Have you ever read a book that you liked so much that you were sad to have turned the last page, since you would never again be able to experience reading it for the first time? You will feel that way with this work.