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Rich in psychological complexity, [Honor] presents an intricate pattern of events to show how a practice as heinous as honor killing could persist.”. Elif Shafak’s ‘Honour’ is a gripping exploration of the darkest aspects of faith and love. Honour, a Turkish-Kurdish family saga set in London, takes Elif Shafak into new literary territory. Shafak is a prolific, controversial and critically.

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It ma My first Elif Shafak novel and it certainly won’t be the last. The honourable women woven through the book are shafam ones carrying shame which is not even theirs, while the very dishonourable men have no shame and are not expected too.

While never condoning the crime at the heart of this story, she does offer us a glimpse of how sharak a child can become when the family structure falls apart. Refresh and try again. And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them. Please try again later. The Guardian review saying that Shafak’s writing style is similar to Isabel Allende is correct.

Born in Strasbourg to a diplomat mother, educated in Europe, the United States and Turkey, she writes some books in her native Turkish and others like this one in English. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

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I would certainly read another novel that played to these, but ‘Honour’ feels like old ingredients in a new sauce. Rather than feeling like you’re “watching a train wreak in slow motion”, reading this book was more like putting together a fascinating, sad and beautiful puzzle that only comes together at the very end.

I confess that I was somewhat surprised to see the viewpoint of Iskender but in many ways, his viewpoint is central to the novel. The novel, which tells the story of an Armenian and a Turkish family through the eyes of women, brought Shafak under prosecution but the charges were ultimately dismissed.

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Besides writing fiction, Shafak is an active political commentator, columnist and public speaker. The two younger Toprak children show a similar independence of thought as they struggle to resolve the contradictions that have brought their family down. The dimensions of human misery Not fair to the book to read it during this time. Elif Shafak weaves a tale of morality and mortality that knows no borders.

The story is about a Turkish family in London. Their pasts are haunting characters, affecting and shaping their lives in London.

Mar 07, Pages. This is also my first book by Elif Shafak. Twin sisters are born in the mids in a small Kurdish village on the border of Turkey and Syria. I was drawn in by the twin sisters and enjoyed how it came to light that the sister who found love was left alone. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. The sisters are let down by both even as other members of the family are supported by both.

Looking for More Great Reads? Could not put this down, have enjoyed all her books, this one depicts so well life in a Kurdish village, the tough love in being born female, the challenges of immigrants, the difficulty in adapting to different cultural norms and the universal disappointments and often reluctant or guilt-ridden joys of new-found love.

The authors writing and account of an emigrant family living and adapting to life in London in is very well portrayed.

Honour by Elif Shafak: review

Ultimately, I did not feel much of a connection to any of the characters aside from Pembe. She also has a keen eye honokr black humor. There is intensity in the writing, but there is also a story telling quality to it. It elf a lot about family. Although the chapter headings were very clearly marked with location and date, I think they could have been better shuffled to reveal some key items of interest earlier.

That it would Shafak is striking again in this magnificent novel! Both glances are right and both are wrong. Some readers might find the theme of honour killing too unsubtle or feel that it has been written from a desire to cash in on the popular tendency to see honour killings as daily happenstance in Muslim communities.

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I am all for religious and cultural freedom but the subjugation of women in this way makes me very sad and very byy. The narrative does get a little confusing at times as the stroy deals with a lot of characters and goes back and forth between diffferent time spans, countries and characters and at times the story became quite disjounted for me as a result.

That it would bring shame to us as if no one is respecting women except in the West! At its heart the story is about immigrant life that shelters and holds on to the values and traditions of the native place: Feb 25, Pages.

When her family migrates to Istanbul, and then to London in the early s, they take that code with them, but as they grow accustomed to life in the west it becomes less a system of social regulation than a compulsion they can neither control nor understand.

By using multiple viewpoints, by having the reader know a crucial outcome of the story, Shafak is able to get the reader to see what drove Iskender to the murder. Fish and sea are important symbols for the Torpak family. The first thing it does is stop the book from being like the movie of the week or the sensationalism that some news stories use. Good literature, a good story, stirs something in you besides emotion.

In this one, it’s the story of the “honour killing” as we know it from those shock headlines. But when Pembe begins to spend time with another man, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.

She writes fiction in both Turkish and English. Watch my full review https: Years ago in Turkey, his paternal grandmother ran off to live with her lover.

In London, they face a choice: