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This book is really not for me. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey.

;ic And what genre is this book exactly? I interrupted another book to read this, and had to force myself to get through it. The main character falls in love with a complicated chocolate maker and this point is vaguely illustrated on the Turkish cover.

While I take my hat off for the commendable intentions and courage of Shafak for writing this book, the literary merit of this work, as far as I can judge, is close to nil. She writes fiction in both Turkish and English. I still bwba read it though. It had the potential to be a great book but failed miserably.

You must be logged in to post a comment Warning: Asya listens only Johny Cash albums and hates Turkish music. The novel has opened up a vivid debate in Turkey about family, love, freedom, redemption and the construct of masculinity.

Baba ve Piç

The Bastard of Istanbul October I can handle this sort of jam-packed whimsy if I genuinely find the writing funny, but since this I reached the third chapter of this and had a moment of “This is all going to be this same sort of whimsical Salman-Rushdie-flavored nonsense, isn’t it? Refresh and try again. So I start a new one. She’s clearly read a lot of Rushdie and Kundera, but what is rendered magical in the hands of the masters is chunky and overdressed in the hands of Shafak.


Armanus belongs to a computer chat group of Armenians, Greeks and Sephardic Jews, who pour out their hatred towards the Turks, especially Baron Baghdassarian, who refers to the Turkish elite as third world members who hate the world, especially their own country p. The ending- I literally rolled my eyes in frustration. Return to Book Page.

Baba ve Piç by Elif Shafak (2 star ratings)

It unlocks the story — the image somehow perfectly illustrates the family secrets bursting to get out. Information about Group read March 1 7 Mar 01, Where everyone is a big bag of quirks, the stakes aren’t particularly high, and who knows when a little magical realism might slip in, possibly out of sheer convenience.

I can handle this sort of jam-packed whimsy if I genuinely find the writing puc, but since this book fails that, I mostly just found it exhausting. The book suffers due to its trite language, stereotypical characterization, and unsubtle plot. The frequent literary allusions are obnoxious instead of clever – how many times can the bookworm heroine tritely characterize a situation as “Chekhovian” or “Dickensian”?

A Guide to Volunteering In Istanbul. This is best described in a stroy by an Armenian girl who makes a trip to Turkey starting in Istanbul than traveling to Sebinkarahisar, the home of her grandparents, and tells her adventures as well as her thoughts on just being a human being. Books by Elif Shafak.


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Bastarda Istanbulului, de Elif Shafak 4,44 din 9 voturi. No, eilf the contrary: And no redemption really with the ending. Her latest novel published in English, Iskender Honourhas topped the best-seller lists and has been acclaimed by both critics and readers of various ages and backgrounds. The novel was supposed to take you on a historic journey about the genocide against the Armenian by Ottoman empire. Bastarda Istanbulului, de Elif Shafak 4,44 din 9 voturi 17 Sep 02, Or are English publishers and audiences indulging in a bit of Orientalism?

There are some great parts though The ending is e,if. Please enter your comment!

The book was more about the Turkish culture, and what the Turks did to the Armanians. Her most recent novel Ustam ve Ben December revolves around the life of Mimar Sinan, the most famous Ottoman architect and opens up important debates on power, creativity, artistic freedom and bigotry.

They get married soon after. Under the weight of symbolism and stereotypes none of the baa came alive. Shafak’ wrote her next novel in English.