Tag Archives: Elif Shafak

“The Forty Rules of Love” by Elif Shafak

Like In Kate Mosse’s “Labyrinth” here we have two parallel narratives—one contemporary and the other set in the thirteenth century. But the thirteenth century thread is set in Konya not Carcassonne. In the present we have Ella, an unfulfilled Jewish … Continue reading

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Reading Review 2016

I read 49 books in 2016, which is less than in 2015. I think my favourite from the books I read this year was “The Bastard of Istanbul” by Elif Şafak, a popular Turkish writer. This was the first year … Continue reading

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“The Architect’s Apprentice” by Elif Shafak

Unlike the other two novels: The Bastard Of Istanbul and Honor, which I have read by Elif Shafak, The Architect’s Apprentice is not set in contemporary times but in the exotic world of 16th century century Istanbul, with the Ottoman … Continue reading

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“Honor” by Elif Shafak

“Honor” spelt the American way, is a book which revolves around an hono(u)r killing; a son (Iskender) killing his mother,  in the UK. This novel is excellently crafted, we know from early in the book it will be about an … Continue reading

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“The Bastard of Istanbul” by Elif Şafak

I enjoyed this book a lot. It is difficult to know where to start, each chapter is headed by an ingredient for Ashure, Mustafa’s favourite dish: “Cinnamon”, “Garbanzo Beans”, “Sugar” etc… Mustafa is the only male child with four sisters. … Continue reading

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