Exit West


Mohsin Hamid

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A black preacher Saeed meets in Marin, California. The preacher is American, but his wife—who is dead—originally came from Saeed’s country, so he understands a little bit of Saeed’s language and knows about his religious practices. As such, Saeed finds himself drawn to the preacher and even volunteers to work at the shelter the man runs. It is here that Saeed encounters the preacher’s daughter, whom he finds arrestingly beautiful.
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The Preacher Character Timeline in Exit West

The timeline below shows where the character The Preacher appears in Exit West. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10
Borders, Division, and Fear Theme Icon
...such person who leads a communal prayer at a local place of worship. Apparently, this priest’s deceased wife originally came from Saeed’s country, meaning that the preacher can somewhat speak Saeed’s... (full context)
Love and Connection Theme Icon
The preacher runs a shelter staffed by volunteers that feeds people and teaches English. Before long, Saeed... (full context)