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The author takes on an ambitious story and topic, but botches the execution I actually thought it was a bad translation, before I realised it was just badly written and hits you repeatedly over the head with the “moral” of the story, even spelling it out explicitly at the end. The frequent literary allusions are obnoxious instead of clever – how many times can the bookworm heroine tritely characterize a situation as “Chekhovian” or “Dickensian”?

I loved traveling to Istanbul – such a beautiful city – and I was hoping to feel that a bit in the book and it never happened.

Why does every pkc and cafe have to have a quirky backstory or feature that tells you very little? Some fantastic misuses of English words a rift between two cars narrows to a hairbreadth?!

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It’s cluttered and unfocused, and Shafak’s characters fail to come alive beneath the weight of symbolism and stereotypes she heaps on them. You must be logged in to post a comment Warning: Want to Read saving…. Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in Ok, now I really, really, really know that Turks drink alcohol with no religious qualms.

The dialogues were unnatural and awkward at times. After all when everyone dies, what is left is the skeleton. This book can be cut in half and cut again. This book is really not for me.


I can’t continuetoo much boring, too much details, and weak style. You have entered an incorrect email address! 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?

No, quite the contrary: View all 4 comments. 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. It makes things really worse. So I gave up on this one. How Shafak shows that as the present is dictated by the past, those not at all happy in the present because of their past tend to focus rather too much on the latter, whereas those who are doing and feeling OK prefer to ignore it, especially when it is inconvenient.

Book Review – BASTARD OF ISTANBUL (Baba ve Pic)

A Guide to Turkish Cartoonists. Frequently Asked Questions November 28, The book is strange in several elig. The Times Europe Editor Mr. We can excuse the use of Ottoman dress and Iznik tiles on My Name is Redfor example, given that the story revolves around miniaturist painters who served in the sixteenth-century Ottoman court. The climatic revelation, which was the interpretive key to the novel, was crushed under the weight of this confused story. All in all the book is highly undeserving of the heavy ideas it aspires to deal with.

Shafak Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in The book was received with great interest and acclaim by critics and readers alike, being an instant bestseller. An ode to public transit.

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Shafak’ wrote her next novel in English. Information about Group read March It unlocks the story — the image somehow perfectly illustrates the family secrets bursting to get out.

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Books by Elif Shafak. Besides writing fiction, Shafak is an active political commentator, columnist and public speaker. 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.

When I first read about Elif Shafak, including her background, interests, and comments on Islam, I was highly impressed! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Her second novel written in English is The Bastard of Istanbul, which was the bestselling book of in Turkey and was longlisted for the Orange prize. Please enter your comment! I think what people often mean is that daily life here for most expats is, on the […]. Why the Rushdieesque focus on noses and other hereditary features?

The climactic revelations of the novel are also haba far-fetched and felt very A florid hodgepodge of a book, The Bastard of Istanbul is too weak a novel to deal fruitfully with the sarak it raises—the Armenian genocide of ; nationalism; how to navigate through your identity as the epif of immigrants—and Shafak’s ambition doesn’t match her execution. In my local book shop recently I noticed that this enigma was not confined to The Bastard of Istanbul.