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The bastard of Istanbul de Elif Shafak
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The bastard of Istanbul (original: 2006; edição: 2008)

de Elif Shafak

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"Asya is a nineteen-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French existentialists. She lives in an extended household in Istanbul, where she has been raised, with no father in sight, by her mother, the beautiful and irreverent Zeliha Kazanci, and by Zeliha's three older sisters: Banu, a devout woman who has rediscovered herself as a clairvoyant: Cevriye, a prim, widowed high school teacher: and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. Their lone brother, Mustafa, left Turkey many years earlier and now lives in Tucson with an American woman named Rose, who has one daughter from a previous marriage to an Armenian man. This daughter, Armanoush, is nineteen and splits her time between Tucson and San Francisco, where her father's family lives." "As an Armenian living in America, Armanoush feels that part of her identity is missing and that she must make a journey back to the past, to Turkey, in order to start living her life. She secretly flies to Istanbul, finds the Kazanci sisters, and becomes fast friends with Asya. A secret is eventually uncovered that links the two families together and ties them to the 1915 Armenian deportations and massacres." "Filled with humour 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (mais)
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Título:The bastard of Istanbul
Autores:Elif Shafak
Informação:London : Penguin, 2008.
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The Bastard of Istanbul de Elif Shafak (2006)

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It is an interesting read. Having barely any knowledge of the Turkish-Armenian relationship (or history), I did appreciate the author delving into some details and opinions of people from this background. The characters were well-written, although it felt like she defined her characters as 'self-contradictory' in order to rid herself of the responsibility of making them coherent. Every 15-20 pages or so there was unnecessary description that I took the liberty of skipping as I pleased. It was really interesting to me the way the author titled the chapters. I can probably recall the contents of the chapter from the title alone. ( )
  nikkiroy | Apr 14, 2021 |
This novel, which I had never heard of, was chosen for the book group I belong to. I thought it an excellent book. At first I found it confusing as there is a large number of characters, some with similar sounding names, and it was difficult to remember which of the two families any individual belonged to.

But the important ones soon stand out, although I never entirely figured out all the relationships. Much of the story takes place in Istanbul, where a nineteen-year-old Armenian-American travels - without her family's knowledge - to visit a Turkish family, who also have a nineteen-year-old daughter. The developing friendship is very well written.

I learned something about the horrendous conflict as the Ottoman Empire came to an end, and found there was much to think about in terms of whether to remember the past with passion, or move on to deal with the present. Some other contemporary issues are covered too.

Some surprises, one of which I saw coming, and some 'adult' content, though nothing gratuitous. Recommended.

Longer review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2020/12/the-bastard-of-istanbul-by-elif-sha... ( )
  SueinCyprus | Dec 7, 2020 |
I enjoyed this story about two families with an unknown connection. I liked learning about the Armenian genocide, and I liked the atmosphere portrayed in the book....lots of delicious food, a house full of women with very different values and beliefs who somehow get along. I also liked the issues raised about whether it is best to remember the past, forget it, or never really know it.

The characters were a bit under-developed and the plot moved slowly, but I'm still glad I read it. ( )
  LynnB | Jun 23, 2020 |
My favorite character is the food. In Istanbul 4 Turkish sisters raise the daughter of the youngest in a household including their mother and her step-mother. In America the daughter of an Armenian American man and a woman from Kentucky splits her year between her father's large family in San Francisco and her mother and her Turkish second husband, the brother of the 4 sisters in Istanbul, in Arizona. Men are more important than they are present in this collection of views into the lives of these women which were shaped by the obsessed about and denied Armenian genocide. The writing is spiky and the narration jerky, but that suits the lives it describes. ( )
  quondame | Nov 26, 2019 |
Two teenage girls with more in common than they think. Asya, born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey is surrounded by an eclectic family of overbearing, opinionated women with not a man in sight. Asya rages against her current life and past history because she thinks she doesn't have an identity she can believe in. Nothing is of permanence. She has never known her birth father, she cleaves herself to a relationship with a married man, and calls her mother auntie, like the other three of five women in her household. Two grandmothers round out the family.
Armanoush is of Armenian descent, living in Tuscon, Arizona. She too, is struggling to make sense of her roots as her stepfather is Turkish. There is no avoiding the historical significance of having an Armenian father and Turkish stepfather who happens to be Asya's uncle.
When Armanoush decides to visit Asya and her family for answers the past rolls back in like a tsunami, taking down everything in its path. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Nov 24, 2019 |
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"Asya is a nineteen-year-old woman who loves Johnny Cash and the French existentialists. She lives in an extended household in Istanbul, where she has been raised, with no father in sight, by her mother, the beautiful and irreverent Zeliha Kazanci, and by Zeliha's three older sisters: Banu, a devout woman who has rediscovered herself as a clairvoyant: Cevriye, a prim, widowed high school teacher: and Feride, a hypochondriac obsessed with impending disaster. Their lone brother, Mustafa, left Turkey many years earlier and now lives in Tucson with an American woman named Rose, who has one daughter from a previous marriage to an Armenian man. This daughter, Armanoush, is nineteen and splits her time between Tucson and San Francisco, where her father's family lives." "As an Armenian living in America, Armanoush feels that part of her identity is missing and that she must make a journey back to the past, to Turkey, in order to start living her life. She secretly flies to Istanbul, finds the Kazanci sisters, and becomes fast friends with Asya. A secret is eventually uncovered that links the two families together and ties them to the 1915 Armenian deportations and massacres." "Filled with humour 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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