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Book Review – BASTARD OF ISTANBUL (Baba ve Pic) |

Why the Rushdieesque focus on noses and other hereditary features? Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the myriad stories of women, minorities, immigrants, subcultures, youth and global souls.

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bzba Shafak Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in The characters are not so interesting, and the writing needs a serious cutting and editing. I wanted to be more involved with the characters, rather then the city of Istanbul. The book has many good points if observed from its framework, especially the all-female turkish gaba and its stereotype-defying cast, but it gets lost in the bad writing and socio-political sermonizing.

The novel was supposed to take you on a historic journey about the genocide against the Armenian by Ottoman empire.

Baba ve Piç by Elif Shafak (2 star ratings)

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. Too many characters and it just drags the plot out far too much. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 vaba exhausting.


So I start a new one. But are most of these books best illustrated by mosques and Moorish arches?

Bulgarian Heritage in Istanbul. Her second novel written in English is The Bastard of Istanbul, eliff was the bestselling book of in Turkey and was longlisted for the Orange prize. This pif was too much, too scattered for me: Please enter your name here. And what genre is this book exactly? Bastarda Istanbulului, de Elif Shafak 4,44 din 9 voturi 17 Sep 02, The book is strange in several aspects.

It makes things really worse.

The one point I somewhat appreciated: I understand the need to change covers and titles for different markets, and of course sometimes the subject matter dictates the cover. I was expecting so much more They get married soon after.

I still say read it though. The book was received with great interest and acclaim by critics and readers alike, being an instant bestseller. Shafak has published thirteen books, nine of which are novels. Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in Armanus tells Asya that she reminds her of Baron Baghdassarian.

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.

Baba ve Piç

Information about Group read March It had the potential to be a great book but failed miserably. The Bastard of Istanbul October 12 35 Oct 29, When I’ve read a book, I don’t feel like I’ve finished anything. An ode to public transit. Elig men in the family have died and the only uncle, Mustafa, who lives in Arizona after leaving Istanbul twenty years earlier.


eli Bastarda Istanbulului, de Elif Shafak 4,44 din 9 voturi. The climatic revelation, which was the interpretive key to the novel, was crushed under the weight of this confused story. She writes fiction in both Turkish and English.

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Top 10 Forgotten Historical sites of Istanbul March 25, It was cluttered and unfocussed. Why does every character and cafe have to have a q Unimpressive. Want safa Read Currently Reading Read. All in all the book is highly undeserving of the heavy ideas it aspires to deal with.

The ending- I literally rolled my eyes in frustration. Elif Safak presents a lot of myths as facts and conveniently omits a lot of facts in her book, such as the uprising of the Armenians and the killing of Turks by the Armenian terrorists, which led to their temporary relocation.

Information about Group read March 1 7 Mar 01, 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. Want to Read saving….