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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak

The Bastard of Istanbul (edition 2007)

by Elif Shafak

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Title:The Bastard of Istanbul
Authors:Elif Shafak
Info:Penguin Books Ltd (UK) (2007), Edition: Open market e., Paperback, 360 pages
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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Şafak

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Vibrant characters, a moving plot, and an engagingly alive world. (Now I really want to visit Istanbul.) Told in shifting perspectives and across different points in time and geography, the story maintains a friendly feel, and the mystical elements add a quirky touch that helps balance out the darker sides of the story. Recommended!
  csoki637 | Nov 27, 2016 |
Two girls. Asya lives in Istanbul with her mother, her mother's two sisters, Asya's grandmother, and great-grandmother. She has no clue who her father is. Armanoush (aka Amy) lives half of the time with her American mother, Rose, and Rose's husband, the Turkish American, Mustafa (Asya's uncle). She lives the other half of the time with her Armenian father and his family in San Francisco. Torn between the two worlds she decides to slip between the two homes to Istanbul to learn more about her Armenian roots by visiting with her stepfather's family. Complicated, right?

Both girls immediately feel a bond and Asya takes Amy (and the reader) on an intimate tour of Istanbul. Amy, meanwhile, shares with Asya the painful history of the Armenian holocaust which Asya, like many Turks, had disregarded as invented.

This was a very enjoyable, startling, and eye-opening story. Wonderful! ( )
  mamzel | Nov 18, 2016 |
I knew next to nothing about the Armenian Genocide, so I'm glad I read this. The book itself was mediocre and not engaging, so I'm not glad I read this. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
Iscrpna prica o zivotu Turske porodice u kojoj caruju zene, a najmladja medju njima je kopile koje tek na kraju shvata da joj je otac ustvari njen rodjeni ujak. Svako poglavlje knjige nosi naziv glavnih sastojaka Turske kuhinje, a zadnje otrova koji je okoncao zivot i pricu... ( )
  ceca78 | Apr 10, 2016 |
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Once there was; once there wasn´t.
God´s creatures were as plentiful as grains
And talking too much was a sin...

- The preamble to a Turkish tale 
     ... and to an Armanian tale
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143112716, Paperback)

Populated with vibrant characters, The Bastard of Istanbul is the story of two families, one Turkish and one Armenian American, and their struggle to forge their unique identities against the backdrop of Turkey's violent history. Filled with humor and understanding, this exuberant, dramatic novel is about memory and forgetting, about the tension between the need to examine the past and the desire to erase it.

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Turkish teen Asya is coming of age under the wing of her tattoo-parlor owner mother and her three aunts, befriending a cousin from America, and discovering a secret that links her family to the 1915 Armenian deportations and massacres.

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