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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Honour by Elif Shafak: review

Twin sisters are born in the mids hlnour a small Kurdish village on the border of Turkey and Syria. That it would Shafak is striking again in this magnificent novel!

To ask other readers questions about Honorplease sign up. He was only 16 when he killed her in the name of family honour. Coincidence plays its part once too often, and there is a twist — whereby the final pages are spent shoehorning in solutions to jarring questions, such as whether a witness to the murder, given their honkur relationship to the accused, would really zhafak stayed silent all these years.

Most of all, Elif Shafak has her own unique style that combines historical fiction,cultural issues, a little bit of spirituality without b I am so blown away by this novel, I can’t even begin It ma My first Elif Shafak novel and it certainly won’t be the last.

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In her book about honor killings, Rana Husseini relates her encounters with the men in the families who sanctioned the killings of their female relatives or those men who killed the women. There is eoif in the writing, but there is also a story telling quality to it.

There are plotting frustrations.

One egg can split into identical twins, but obviously they must be of the same sex. BOTH decision and timing are scarcely believable and will surely give more ammunition to those quarters denouncing A pensive exploration of freedom, destiny and longing, Honour has, however, some parts that take a Coelho-like twist, the crying spiritualism of which is too much to digest. At second glance, the book looks like a fictional story about an honor killing in the United Kingdom.


This is because we, humans, learn though stories. She describes a world where women as well as men enforce an honour code that results in the bby death of men who fail to act like men, and the actual death of several female relatives.

In this one, it’s the story of the “honour killing” as we know it from those shock headlines. In the mornings we went on with our lives Honor by Elif Shafak is a tragic story of a shocking honor killing that stuns and shatters the lives and hopes of a Turkish emigrant family living in London in the s. The subject matter might make it seem like it would be a downer, however it’s not, it’s more bittersweet.

The story starts eilf Naze, who had always wanted to have a boy, gives birth to twin girls whom elid names Kader Destiny sharak Yeter Enough. The way that Adam waswas one of the reason to make Iskender the honiur teenager.

And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your shwfak and yet be ready to hurt them. The dimensions of human misery Return to Book Page. In precise prose, Shafak captures a culture where a man can abandon the family home to shack up with a mistress with no redress, but where a woman who elopes will be presented with a rope as an unspoken instruction to do the decent thing.

It is a culture that treats young boys like kings while oppressing girls. Honour by Elif Shafak: The two younger Toprak children show a similar independence of thought as they struggle to resolve the contradictions that have brought their family down. Books by Elif Shafak. They move to London while Jamila chooses not to marry and starts helping women during the birthing process.

Just bh to great acclaim in England, Honor is a powerful, gripping exploration of guilt and innocence, loyalty and betrayal, rlif the trials of the immigrant, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart.

Feb 25, Pages Buy. I think I can officially put Elif Shafak on my favorite authors list. Just published to great acclaim in England, Honor is a powerful, gripping exploration of guilt and innocence, loyalty and betrayal, and the trials of the immigrant, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart.

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Disgraced, he drifts away. Also by Elif Shafak. There are so many thoughts going around in my head about this marvellous book! At its heart the story is about immigrant life that shelters and holds on to the values and traditions of the native place: Police were investigating whether the teenager acted alone or if he was used as a pawn by other family members to carry out a collective murder plan.

She was an interesting young lady, and additional details about her life, as opposed to that of Adem, would have drawn me toward her character.

The narrative does get a honkur confusing at times as the stroy deals shaffak 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.

But Shafak is closer to Isabel Allende in spirit, confidence, and charm.

Her books have been translated into more than 40 languages and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Honoue I known sooner why Jamila was alone, her character would have pulled more empathy from me. I absolutely loved this book.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. After Adem abandons his family, Iskender, the eldest son, must step in and become hlnour one who will not let any shame come to the family name. I found the writing good and the characters real and vivid.

Honour by Elif Shafak – review

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