Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Bastard of Istanbul - Elif Shafak

This was an enjoyable novel about a Turkish family and an Armenian family, and how their lives intersect. There was a touch of magical realism here and there that I thought very much enhanced the story. I liked the characters, even the less lovable ones, and reading about Istanbul, especially because I took a Turkish language class last spring so it was nice to blend what I learned with reading about the people and country. It did make me hungry for Turkish food though, luckily there is a place near my house that serves many of the things talked about in the book so I think I will be having some delicious börek or kofte for dinner tonight!

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