The Bastard if Istanbul is a very famous and uniquely written book by a very talented writer, Elif Shafaq. She is considered one of the most favorite novelist and writer of Turkey, who writes mostly about fictional stories and blend the cultures and traditions of western and Eastern worlds. She has written many books, most of them are novels and almost every single one of her book is extra ordinarily popular. She writes in a very beautiful way, and her captivating words has the power to keep her readers spell bounded to her books until the very end. The Bastard of Istanbul is one of them.
This is a book where the writer has focused on the confused and stranded generation of Turkey between Western and Eastern world. This is a story which has many characters and stories, but the main focus is on a girl and her mother. She has written a bit about the past of Ottoman Empire, and then a touch of history could be seen as well.
This is a fictional book in which the writer has tried mentioning some facts and realities from the past, and successfully conveyed the present situation of new generation who is confused, lost and stranded in the mid air like being nowhere. This is a story of a mother who is always busy and cut off from her family for some mysterious reasons, and story of her daughter who is never attached to her mother or anyone in the family for that matter, and keeps feeling disconnected to the outside world and all the people around her. Thisis a story of an Armenian girl who comes from America to Turkey in search of her ancestral land and to know the history of her family. The story contain many twists and tensed parts, which encountering a few social issues quite boldly and openly. This novel takes many stories along side, and eventually connects them all in one way or the other, with each other. The ending of the book takes the most surprising and stunning turn which leaves the readers stunned and shocked for quite a while.
In short, like all other books of Elif Shafaq, The Bastard of Istanbul is also one of the notable and fascinating books, which appeal the readers with its quality writing and magical words. The writer has the talent to keep her readers engaged entirely, through her charmed, spellbind words and beautiful way of expressing her thoughts. This book should definitely be in everyone’s reading list and it absolutely worth readers’ time and attention.
I have personal experience of this book, because I heard about this author, and I knew how good she is with her words and novels. I have read other books of Elif Shafaq as well, and they all are equally mesmerizing. This book gave me the insight to daily life stories of Turkish people and the problems encounter by them, while getting a vast knowledge about the Past events of Turkey as well.