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Baba ve Piç
Trivia About The Bastard of Is It had the potential to be a great book but failed miserably. You have entered an incorrect email address!
Following the birth of her daughter in she suffered from post-natal depression, an experience she addressed in her first autobiographical book, Black Milk. Eli still say read it though.
Open Preview See a Problem? No, quite the contrary: It was cluttered and unfocussed. So I gave up on this one.
I learned to betray our roots. I was expecting so much more Books by Elif Shafak.
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. 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.
While I take my hat off for the commendable intentions and courage savak Shafak for writing this book, the literary merit of this work, as far as I can ppic, is close to nil. I mentioned that I was reading The Bastard of Istanbuland after a bit of Googling we worked out she had read it too. First five chapters could have been omitted, and one would have noticed or cared.
When I first read about Elif Shafak, including her background, interests, and safwk on Islam, I was highly impressed! Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. By Yuksel Oktay on July 27, I was raised to deny the genocide. The book was more about epif Turkish culture, and what the Turks did to the Armanians.
But this aspect covered very few pages of the book. 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. All in all the book is highly undeserving of the heavy ideas it aspires to deal with. 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.
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. Just tens of pointless and boring blah blah blah of pages till the last words of the story. Shafak has published thirteen books, nine of which are novels. The characters are not so interesting, and the writing needs a serious cutting and editing.
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The book has many good points if observed from its framework, especially the elof turkish household and its stereotype-defying cast, but it gets lost in the bad writing and socio-political sermonizing.
The climatic revelation, which was the interpretive key to the novel, was crushed under the weight of this confused story. The book was received with great interest and acclaim by critics and readers alike, being an instant bestseller.
I was glad when it was all over. I had babw feeling that the events those were taking places were formulated in a sophisticated and artificial way rather than fitting spontaneously and in sequence.
I still vd to give her a chance through her non-fiction work, but the fiction pieces will be abandoned. It’s cluttered and unfocused, and Shafak’s characters fail to come alive beneath the weight of symbolism and stereotypes she heaps on them.
Baba ve Piç by Elif Shafak (2 star ratings)
She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Kelly, in his farewell piece June 19 makes reference to a stament by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. If you like a …more Samples are usually available from Amazon, Google Books, or other sites like those. Asya listens only Johny Cash albums and hates Turkish music.
There are some great parts though The ending is great. As I continued to read, I realised that a pomegranate on the cover really makes more sense. For me, the 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 verbal essays about current Turkish issues and the Armenian genocide.
When I’ve read a book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished anything. 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. Shafak’s first novel, Pinhan The Mystic was awarded the “Rumi Prize” inwhich is given to the best work in mystical literature in Turkey.
So I start a new one. Top 10 Forgotten Historical sites of Istanbul March 25, I reached a point where I realized the whole book was just going to keep going on like this. I loved traveling to Istanbul – such a beautiful city saafk and I was hoping to feel that a bit in the book and it never happened. Too many characters and it just drags the plot out far too much.
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She also has a keen eye for black humor.