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As I continued to read, I realised that a pomegranate on the cover really makes more sense. The book is strange in several aspects. Books by Elif Shafak. Under the weight of symbolism and stereotypes none of the characters came alive. But this aspect covered very few pages of the book. The one aspect of the novel I did strongly like, though, was the one area where Shafak didn’t fall into stereotypes: Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in Some fantastic misuses of English words a rift between two cars narrows to a hairbreadth?!
In this book Shafak explored the beauties and difficulties of being a writer and a mother.
A Multitude of Mosques: The Book Covers of Turkish Novels in Translation
All men in the family have died and the only uncle, Mustafa, who lives in Arizona after leaving Istanbul twenty years earlier. 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.
Armanus tells Asya that she reminds her of Baron Baghdassarian. Ok, now I really, really, really know that Turks drink alcohol with no religious qualms. When Piv read a book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished anything. 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.
The climactic revelations of the novel are also quite far-fetched and felt very manufactured. So I start a new one.
Book Review – BASTARD OF ISTANBUL (Baba ve Pic)
You have entered an incorrect email address! Orange Prize Nominee for Longlist Why does every character and cafe have to have a quirky backstory or feature that tells you very little? A florid hodgepodge of a book, The Bastard of Istanbul is too weak a novel to deal fruitfully with the issues it raises—the Armenian genocide of ; nationalism; how to navigate through your identity as the child of satak Shafak’s ambition doesn’t match her execution.
I understand the need to change covers and titles for different markets, and of course sometimes the subject matter dictates pif cover.
Open Preview See a Problem? So I gave up on this one. Shafak’s first novel, Pinhan The Mystic was awarded the “Rumi Prize” inwhich is given to the best work in mystical literature in Turkey.
View all 13 comments. The book has many good points if observed from its framework, especially the all-female turkish household and its stereotype-defying cast, but it gets lost in the bad writing and socio-political sermonizing. The dialogues were unnatural and awkward at times. Asya listens only Johny Cash albums and hates Turkish music. The climatic revelation, which was the interpretive key to the novel, was crushed under the weight of this confused story. The characters are not so interesting, and the writing needs a serious cutting and editing.
Or are English publishers and audiences indulging in a bit of Orientalism? Bulgarian Heritage in Istanbul. The book suffers due to its trite language, stereotypical characterization, and unsubtle plot.
Information about Group read March 1 7 Mar 01, The Times Europe Editor Mr. I learned to betray our roots. View all 3 comments. 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.
Baba ve Piç by Elif Shafak (2 star ratings)
Please enter your name here. The book was more about the Turkish culture, and what the Turks did to the Armanians.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It had the potential to be a great book but failed miserably. The novel was supposed to take you on a historic journey about the genocide against the Armenian by Ottoman empire.
But are most of these books best illustrated by mosques and Moorish arches? 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 piic This book was too much, too scattered for me: