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Elif Shafak

Autor(a) de The Bastard of Istanbul

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About the Author

Elif Shafak is an assistant professor of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona.

Obras por Elif Shafak

The Bastard of Istanbul (2006) 1,869 exemplares
The Forty Rules of Love (2010) 1,421 exemplares
The Island of Missing Trees (2021) 1,108 exemplares
The Architect's Apprentice (2013) 740 exemplares
Three Daughters of Eve (2016) 544 exemplares
Honour (2012) 499 exemplares
The Flea Palace (2002) 465 exemplares
The Gaze (2000) 170 exemplares
The Saint of Incipient Insanities (2004) 149 exemplares
Pinhan (1997) 36 exemplares
The Happiness of Blond People (2007) 27 exemplares
Firarperest (2010) 27 exemplares
Med-cezir (2008) 16 exemplares
Sakız Sardunya (Turkish Edition) (2017) 13 exemplares
Şemspare (2012) 12 exemplares
Andreas Herzau: Istanbul (2010) 5 exemplares
Unerhörte Stimmen (2020) 3 exemplares
Kağıt helva (2009) 3 exemplares
Sanma ki Yalnızsın (2018) 2 exemplares
A Migrating Bird (2016) 2 exemplares
Das Flüstern der Feigenbäume (2023) 2 exemplares
Kadotettujen puiden saari (2023) 1 exemplar
Water Families 1 exemplar
Melate Eshgh 1 exemplar
NDERI 1 exemplar
Sufi (2013) 1 exemplar
english 1 exemplar
The last taboo 1 exemplar
Istanbulsko kopile 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Contribuidor — 301 exemplares
The Quarter: Stories (2018) — Prefácio, algumas edições48 exemplares
Granta 149: Europe: Strangers in the Land (2019) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares


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Van alle boeken die ik van Elif Shafak gelezen heb, is deze de minste. Er zitten delen in die best aardig zijn en alles is mooi geschreven. ik denk wel dat het verhaal van Ela en Aziz wat meer aandacht had mogen krijgen en er zat in het deel dat in de dertiende eeuw, speelt over Rumi en Sjams, voor mij iets te veel filosofie. Daar heb ik niet zoveel mee. Ik ben toch meer nuchter om daar wat mee te doen. De regels komen wel allemaal aan bod, maar ik heb er slechts een onthouden en dat is meer leven in het heden. Dat probeer ik zelf al langer, maar vind ik nog best moeilijk. De schrijfstijl maakt dan weer veel goed en maakt dat het boek een 6 krijgt.… (mais)
connie53 | 75 outras críticas | May 14, 2024 |
Een ding is zeker, Elif Shafak kan heel goed schrijven. Dit is een verhaal vol hoop en vriendschap en trouw door dik en dun. Het speelt zich voornamelijk af in Turkije, in Istanbul in het prostitutiecircuit. Leila is geboren als dochter van een welgestelde man, maar zij is het kind van zijn bijvrouw. Zijn hoofdvrouw, Suzan, kan geen kinderen krijgen en daarom is de moeder van Leila aangeschaft (letterlijk) om de kinderen in het gezin voort te brengen. Leila wordt door de buitenwereld gezien als de dochter van Suzan. Voor Binnaz, haar biologische moeder, is dat de druppel die haar laat instorten en Binnaz raakt ernstig in de war.
Ik ga niet teveel vertellen over het verdere verhaal en over hoe Leila in de prostitutie terecht komt. Maar door de jaren heen raakt ze wel goed bevriend met een vijftal mensen. Daar is Sinan, haar jeugdvriend, Jamilla, een jonge Afrikaanse vrouw, Nalan, een transgender man, die nu als vrouw door het leven gaat, Zaynab122, de vrouw van Indiase afkomst die slecht 1.22 meter is. En Humeyra, de zangeres van een band.
Het boek begint als Leila in een container vermoord wordt gevonden. Na haar dood jan Leila echter nog 10 minuten en 38 seconden denken. En die tijd vertelt ze de verhalen over hoe ze de vijf vrienden heeft gevonden.
Het verhaal is erg indrukwekkend en echt heel goed geschreven.
… (mais)
connie53 | 42 outras críticas | May 11, 2024 |
[b:10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World|43706466|10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World|Elif Shafak|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1556019023l/43706466._SY75_.jpg|68011919] tells of the imagined last minutes of brain function, even after the murdered protagonist's heart has stopped. She recalls her life, her childhood in Van, Turkey, her move to Istanbul to escape sexual abuse, becoming a prostitute, her great love, D/Ali, and her five dear friends who support her in life and death. The friends are all displaced refugees and survivors of intolerance and poverty in a city which once strived to be a rich brew of many religions and lifestyles. The writing is exquisite, poetic and lively, even funny at times. The characters are richly realized. Ever present is its setting, the book is also a paean to the City of Istanbul. I was sorry to reach the end as it provided an addictive escape from pandemic election preoccupation.… (mais)
featherbooks | 42 outras críticas | May 7, 2024 |
In the last month three of the books I've read have had Reese's Book Club stickers on them. It's not that I've been consciously trying to read them; in fact, until this past month I don't know if I have ever looked at the Reese's Book Club web site. But now that I know that I seem to like these picks I think I'll have to keep closer tabs on them.

This book has a little bit of everything: romance, grief, war, death, nature, teenage angst, three time lines and a tree narrator. And yet it's not chaotic. Every piece seems quite necessary. Cyprus is the island in the title and much of the book takes place there. However, London is where the book opens. Ada Kazantzakis is in the last class before Christmas break but, unlike the other students, she's not looking forward to the break. She is still grieving for her mother and so is her father. Plus being of mixed Greek and Turk blood, they've never really gone in for religion. Suddenly, Ada starts screaming at the top of her lungs and won't stop until her throat is absolutely unable to make another sound. Ada's father, Kostas, rushes to the school leaving his beloved fig tree only partially buried, a task he wanted to accomplish before a bad storm hit England. Ada doesn't want to talk about the incident partly because she is embarrassed and partly because she doesn't know why she did it. She wonders if there is some mental instability in the family and she dreads going back to school after the break. The looming break sounds like it will be awful but then, out of the blue, her mother's sister Meryem turns up. Meryem had never met her niece and Ada isn't disposed to like her because she didn't come for her mother's funeral. Learning why this is so necessitates going back to 1974 and to Nicosia in Cyprus where Kostas, a Greek Cypriot, and Defne, a Turkish Cypriot, fell in love . They had to meet in secret, obviously, so the owners of The Happy Fig restaurant, who were themselves a mixed couple, let them come to a small back room in the restaurant. The place got its name because a big fig tree grew in the centre of the establishment. Years later, Kostas took a slip of this fig tree and smuggled it to London where he planted it in their garden. This is the fig tree that he was trying to save from the big storm when he got called to Ada's school. Kostas and Defne were separated by the civil war of 1974 but years later they were reunited. By this time Kostas was a well-known scientist who understands the symbiotic relationship between trees, animals, and insects and Defne was an archaeologist involved with finding the bodies of people killed during the civil war. Of course, the reader discovers these things bit by bit from the fig tree and from Ada's conversations with her aunt. Ada and Meryam become close which facilitates Ada's coming to terms with her mother's death and the shame of her screaming outburst.

I loved the fig tree's narration of some of the story. It's such a clever way to disclose plot elements. And, if you were worried about whether the fig tree survived, never fret.
… (mais)
gypsysmom | 52 outras críticas | May 6, 2024 |



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