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Shafak Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in Bastarda Istanbulului, de Elif Shafak 4,44 din 9 voturi. If you like a …more Samples are usually available from Amazon, Google Books, or other sites like those.

Some fantastic misuses of English words a rift between two cars narrows to a hairbreadth?! First of all, the writing is terrible. If you like a work, you should support the author and pay for it. And no redemption really with the ending. Kelly, in his farewell piece June 19 makes reference to a stament by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

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. Armanus tells Asya that she reminds her of Baron Baghdassarian. The book was received with great interest and acclaim by critics and readers alike, being an instant bestseller.

In this book Shafak explored the beauties and difficulties of being a writer and a mother. 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. The novel, which tells the story of an Armenian and a Turkish family through the eyes of women, brought Shafak under prosecution but the charges were ultimately dismissed.

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 plc novel published in English, Iskender Honourhas topped safqk best-seller lists and has been acclaimed by both critics and readers of various ages and backgrounds.


First, there is a picture of a pomogranate on the cover, which probably reminds the reader the movie Ararat in which the main character walks to the customs agent arriving from Erivan with a pomogranate in his hand, telling him that he eats a piece every day.

Trivia About The Bastard of Is 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. This book can be cut in half and cut again. A Guide to Turkish Cartoonists. I still want to give her a chance through her non-fiction work, but the fiction pieces will be abandoned.

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This book is really not for me. Dull characters, repetitious quasi-jokes, jagged storylines, essay-like prose where you can clearly see through her ideology elid the pages of this book and make reading it close to torture. Why does every character and cafe have to have a q Unimpressive. Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

The be revelations of the novel are also quite far-fetched and felt very manufactured. Top 10 Forgotten Historical sites of Istanbul March 25, Mustafa meets an all American girl Rose at a grocery store in Arizona, who safal once married to an Armenian. It had the potential to be a great book but failed miserably. She’s clearly read a lot of Rushdie and Safakk, but what is rendered magical in the hands of the masters is chunky and overdressed in the hands of Vs.

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. 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. Piv I start a new one. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In the end I didn’t feel a thing for any of the characters, but I so wanted to.


Lists with This Book. 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. Following the birth of her daughter in she suffered from post-natal depression, an experience she addressed in her first autobiographical book, Black Milk.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The one point I somewhat appreciated: 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. To see what your friends thought of this eoif, please sign up.

Stereotypes in full force in my view. Return to Book Page. The novel has opened up a vivid debate in Turkey about family, love, freedom, redemption and the construct of masculinity.

Her work draws on diverse cultures and literary traditions, as well as deep interest in history, philosophy, Sufism, oral culture, and cultural politics. The characters are not so interesting, and the writing needs a serious cutting and editing.

Book Review – BASTARD OF ISTANBUL (Baba ve Pic)

Saak book is strange in several aspects. Frequently Asked Questions November 28, All men in the family have died and the only uncle, Mustafa, who lives in Arizona after leaving Istanbul twenty years earlier. Just tens of pointless and boring blah blah blah of pages till the last words of the story. That was hard going.

Shafak’ wrote her next novel in English.