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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.

Shafak’ wrote her next novel in English. Please enter your name here. Shafak’s first novel, Pinhan The Mystic was awarded the “Rumi Prize” inwhich is given to the best work in mystical literature in Turkey. In the end I didn’t feel a thing for any of the characters, but I so wanted to. Ok, now I really, really, really know that Turks drink alcohol with no religious qualms.

They get married soon after. I can’t continuetoo much boring, too much details, and weak style. I still want to give her a chance through her puc work, but the fiction pieces will be abandoned. 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 Eif issues and the Armenian genocide.

Armanus tells Asya that she reminds her of Baron Baghdassarian. The novel was supposed to take you on a historic journey about the genocide against the Armenian by Ottoman empire.

Bastard of Istanbul (Baba ve Piç)/Elif Şafak

Beth Thomas is a contributor to Yabangee. The book is babs in several aspects. 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 babx going to be this same sort of whimsical Salman-Rushdie-flavored nonsense, isn’t it?


Paperbackpages. I mentioned that I was reading The Bastard of Istanbuland after a bit of Googling we worked out she had read it too. The climactic revelations of the novel are also quite far-fetched and felt very manufactured.

It makes things really worse.

But are most of these books best illustrated by mosques and Moorish arches? Armanus belongs to a computer chat group of Armenians, Greeks bab 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.

Asya listens only Johny Cash albums and hates Turkish music. The characters are not so interesting, and the writing needs a serious cutting and editing.

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. Books by Elif Shafak. The main character falls in love with a complicated chocolate maker and this point is vaguely illustrated on the Turkish cover.

No, quite the contrary: 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.

Baba ve Piç

Frequently Asked Questions Elit 28, Log in – Prof. 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.

Open Preview See a Problem? 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 safam v This book was too much, too scattered for me: I think what people often mean is that daily life here for most expats is, on the […].


The one aspect of the novel Pi did strongly like, though, was the one area where Safaak didn’t fall into stereotypes: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As I continued to read, I realised that a pomegranate on the cover really makes more sense.

This book can be cut in half and cut again. So I gave up on this one.

Baba ve Piç by Elif Shafak (2 star ratings)

It had the potential to be a great book but failed miserably. I understand the need to change covers and titles for haba markets, and of course sometimes the subject matter dictates the cover.

You end up not really caring for any of the characters, and wishing that the two deep questions – the Armenian genocide and the Turkish identity pre and post Ataturk, had been painted on a more deserving canvas I don’t need my books to be funny, but when the attempts at humor actually bog down the narrative it elit to be a problem. Just tens of pointless and boring blah blah blah of pages till the last words of the story.

Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and she was awarded the honorary asfak of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

Baron also wants everyone to know that the great Ottoman Architect Sinan was actually Armenian. But could we make it a bit more … you know … Turkish.

Or are English publishers and audiences indulging in a bit of Orientalism? And what genre is this book exactly? Under the weight of symbolism and stereotypes none of the characters came alive.