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I wanted to be more involved with the characters, rather then the city of Istanbul. So I gave up on this one. Halfway through Shafak attempts to try her hand at magical realism with the incorporation of djinn but then proceeds with the rest of the novel as if it’s realistic fiction.

A Guide to Volunteering In Istanbul. 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. Top 10 Forgotten Historical sites of Istanbul March 25, It’s cluttered and unfocused, and Shafak’s characters elfi to come alive beneath the weight of symbolism and stereotypes she heaps on them.

I understand the need to aafak covers and titles for different markets, and of course sometimes the subject matter dictates the cover. The Times Europe Editor Mr.

Book Review – BASTARD OF ISTANBUL (Baba ve Pic)

Why the Rushdieesque focus on noses and other hereditary features? When I’ve read a book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished anything. I was glad when it was all over. The book is strange in several aspects.

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View all 3 comments. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey.

If you like a …more Samples are usually available from Amazon, Google Books, or other sites like those. I got out my book and found that the English edition had a mosque on the front.


Paperbackpages. The climactic revelations of the novel are also quite far-fetched and felt very manufactured. Armanus tells Asya that she reminds her of Baron Baghdassarian.

And no redemption really with the ending. 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?

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. View all 4 comments. I can handle this sort of jam-packed whimsy if I genuinely find the writing funny, but since this book fails that, I mostly just found it exhausting.

I interrupted another book to read this, and had to force myself to get through it.

Bastard of Istanbul (Baba ve Piç)/Elif Şafak

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. So I start a new one. The Bastard of Istanbul October Shafak Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, Eljf, in Refresh and try again.

I still want to give her a chance through her non-fiction work, but the fiction pieces will be abandoned. She has one daughter from his ex-husband, Armanus, who travels between Arizona and San Francisco to safal her father and his extended Armenian family.

Some fantastic misuses of English words a rift between two cars narrows to a hairbreadth?! Information about Group read March I still say read it though. 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?

When I first read about Elif Shafak, including her background, interests, and comments on Islam, I was highly impressed!


Baron also wants everyone to know that the great Ottoman Architect Sinan was actually Armenian. I was raised to deny the genocide. Log in – Prof. The characters are not so eluf, and the writing needs a serious cutting and editing. Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

I reached a point where I realized the whole book was just going to keep going on like this.

First five chapters could have been omitted, and one would have noticed or cared. Dull characters, repetitious quasi-jokes, jagged storylines, essay-like prose where you can clearly see through her ideology fill the pages of this book and make reading it close to torture. I don’t need my books to be funny, but when the attempts at humor actually bog down the narrative it starts to be a problem. Why does every character and cafe have to have a q Unimpressive. View all 13 comments.

For me, sfaak humor was too culturally specific to work, many characters were too much of a caricature to draw me into their story, and the dialogue was too artificial with its endless v This book was too much, too scattered for me: I had a feeling that the events those were taking pkc were formulated in a sophisticated and artificial way rather than fitting spontaneously and in sequence. 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.

For that reason, I only read two-thirds of the book, and that with much difficulty, so my opinion is relevant only in that context. Bastarda Istanbulului, de Elif Shafak 4,44 din 9 voturi 17 Sep 02,