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The Saint of Incipient Insanities is the comic and heartbreaking story of a group of twenty-something friends, and their never-ending quest for fulfillment.

Omer, Abed and Piyu are roommates, foreigners all recently arrived in the United States. Omer, from Istanbul, is a Ph.D. student in political science who adapts quickly to his new home, and falls in love with the bisex
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 2004)
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Kirstie
See, the thing is that for me, when a book's main character measures the time in his life by the amount of times he's listened to a song (esp. a good song), I tend to fall in love with him a little. It's sort of the same for me when a main character is a photographer. And when you fall in love with a main character, you end up thinking more highly of the book involved and also..you forget that it's a work of fiction because it seems so real. Then, you have to consider that if every work of ficti ...more
Enfal Karagöz
Kitabı başlığı için almıştım... Aldığım zamanlar da be nde kendimi arafta hissediyordum.

Kitap İlk önce biraz kafamızı karıştırsa da sonradan bir düzene giriyor. Karakterler saf bir gerçeklikle yansıtılmış. Üstelik her birini ayrı ayrı ele aldığımızda bambaşka insanlarken, bu alakasız kişilikler çok güzel bir ortamda birleştirilmişti ve aralarındaki arkadaşlık ilişkileri çok iyi yansıtılmıştı. Ne fazla ne eksik...
Yurtdışındaki kimlik, ırk problemi de apayrı tabi ki... Gurbetteki yalnızlık hissi,
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Denizhan
Well, maybe it's because I am a Turkish student going to college in the United States myself, but I adored this book. The language is not as good as The Bastard of Istanbul; in some points it looks like Elif Safak is a student who just learned some SAT words and using them to show off. Yet of course, this is irrelevant for me, as I fell in love with all the characters of the book and identified myself especially with Omer, the main character. This novel expresses the feeling of "in between"ness ...more
Patriciahoperose
"There was nothing more depressing in life, she deduced, than being obliged to have fun."
"Still he could sense a dose of an obscure, quashed resentment in the tones of most; a resentment that those left behind tend for feel for the one who has gone."
"After all, native speakers enjoy hearing those teeny tiny imprecisions that the former produce as if there were money in it. Seldom do they intevene, and when they do, it is too often with an affectionate vigilance like parents taking joy in the mi
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Jeruen
I cannot help but enjoy this book. This is perhaps one of the most enjoyable reads that I have had in the recent past. I never thought that this book would be a good one, and thus I have prolonged touching it until I realized that I had to return the book soon to the library, but once I started it, it was just a non-stop awesome read.

So, what is this about? This book is about a group of twenty-somethings who come from all over the world. It is set in Boston, and the characters are mostly interna
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Dustyn Hessie
In the future I will write an in-depth blog about why this is one of the most amazing novels I've ever read. As for anyone who is torn between whether they should read this or not, I'll be the first to tell you that it is not a novel for everyone.

There are some bold choices of english language usage in this novel: most notably the wide range of "said" substitutes (which I think is brilliant); "cheeped Alegre, "Abed croaked," and the like. There are also several parts where the narrator (via Ome
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Gulen
Elif Şafak sevmeme rağmen bu kitabını pek beğenmedim. Karakterlerin hiçbirine ısınamadım, bence kitabın bir konusu yoktu; ortaya serpiştirilmiş klişe karakterler vardı sadece. Bir de ders anlatır havasında yapılan betimlemeler, kısa bir kitaptı okundu bitti ama bende bir etki bırakmadı.
Hyperliteratura
În romanul lui Elif Shafak, Sfântul nebuniilor incipiente, e o stare de joacă permanentă. Se joacă personajele între ele, un număr rezonabil de excentricități zburdă cât mai departe de punctele personale de echilibru, cuvintele se zbenguie printre limbi, muzica joacă rolul timpului, iar diavolul își bate joc de supa din literele alfabetului gătită de Dumnezeu și îi răstoarnă castronul, ceea ce duce la intrarea literelor în delir. Bănuiala mea este că în acel moment a venit scriitoarea turcă Elif ...more
Dendera
Read in 2009... My 2nd Shafak book & definitely MY LAST!! By far one of the worst books I ever read...I was very dissappointed in Shafak especially after I had read 'Bastard of Istanbul' only few months before reading this one. My expectations were so high for this book but was utterly shocked and did NOT even want to continue reading till the end. Frankly, i didn't care for the characters or their dull lives, neither did i care for the storyline, which didn't even seem to exist and if it di ...more
Adriana
I loved the 2 chapters about Istanbul and I think it saved the book. Anyway the last 100 pages are better than the rest. Not the best book by E.S.
Barcelonena
This book is how I met with Elif Shafak. It was definitely what I needed to read when I read it 5 years ago. It is about identities, being a foreigner, being a foreign student, about the sense of belonging, life struggless. I have read like 6-7 Elif Shafak books after this one, and it is still my favorite (OK I did enjoy the forty rules of love, but I don't know how much original it is, and it is way too commercialized)...
Arjun
I read this pretty quickly on a flight. While it addresses several of the issues about the class, identity, and the multidimensionality of Turkish culture that one might find in a book by Orhan Pamuk, it's very nice in the sense that it uses light, often charming character-driven to hit the points home. Only major critique is that there are too many sub-stories going on at one time, which is to be expected given the plot.
Kris
Книгата изобщо не ми допадна. Започна добре и свърши зле. Под "зле" имам предвид не толкова съдбата на някои от героите, а цялостното усещане, че съм си загубила времето да проследя житието на няколко малоумника. Да, вярно е, че "всеки си е башкъ луд", както казваше баба ми, но тук неизбежните лудости на част от героите ми бяха досадни и не ми помагаха да им вляза в положението и да се асоциирам с тях.
drunkstoryteller
În romanul lui Elif Shafak, Sfântul nebuniilor incipiente, e o stare de joacă permanentă. Se joacă personajele între ele, un număr rezonabil de excentricități zburdă cât mai departe de punctele personale de echilibru, cuvintele se zbenguie printre limbi, muzica joacă rolul timpului, iar diavolul își bate joc de supa din literele alfabetului gătită de Dumnezeu și îi răstoarnă castronul, ceea ce duce la intrarea literelor în delir. Bănuiala mea este că în acel moment a venit scriitoarea turcă Elif ...more
Mustafa Aydinalp
hayatının belli bir kısmını yurtdışında gurbet halinde geçirmişlerin , kesinlikle okuması gereken bir roman...
roman karakterlerinin herbiri ayrı bağlıyor kendisine, silik karakter yok diyebilirim...
Gozde
ilk elif şafak romanım ve daha önce okumadığım için pişmanım !
konusunda öyle çok farklı bir şey yok ama onu işleyişi ve küçük detayları insana büyük keyif veriyor.
Gülbin Kiyici
"Araf ta kalmak" tam olarak anlamını bulmuş. Gunümüz genclerinin pozisyonuna çok uygun bir ifade.
Laura
I enjoyed the ruminations of the international cast of characters on the immigrant experience / experience of foreign students in America. There were some cute bits about the comforts of speaking with another non-native English speaker, the significance of a name to one's identity, cultural sensitivity and the insecurities people have about their countrymen and country as well as themselves. The characters have problems and are essentially misfits and thrown together through strange circumstance ...more
Elsje
Ik las dit in het Nederlands: "De heilige van de beginnende waanzin".

Een mooi boek over de levens van een groep jonge mensen van verschillende afkomst in het Boston van rond de eeuwwisseling. Een boek over volwassen worden onder druk van familie, cultureel meegetorste normen en waarden. En dat in een vreemde omgeving.

Het verhaal
Drie jonge mannen, Omer, Abed en Piyu, afkomstig uit respectievelijk Turkije, Marokko en Spanje, delen een huis in Boston. De gebeurtenissen uit het boek beslaan een peri
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Joy
i have mixed feelings about this book.

there are five or six main characters, three of which are brilliant. the rest are shadows, outlines. one of the characters is described as a dental student with a fear of sharp objects, despite the bony skininess of his girlfriend. this is such a strange description that there needs to be so much attention played to making it believable. but there really isn't... you are just told these things are true and never really made to believe it. one of the other ch
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Funda
Bit Palas gibi severek okuduğum bir Elif Şafak romanı. Zaten İskender'den ve Aşk'tan sonra yazarın kitaplarını okumayı bıraktım.
Uzun zaman önce okumuş olmama rağmen, yabancı bir ülkede dil engeline takılıp düşüncesini tam olarak ifade edemeyip kısıtlı bir lisan ile hayatını sürdürmenin ne sıkıntılı bir süreç olduğunu yaşamış biri mutlaka kendi ile paralellikler bulacaktır.
Hatırladığım kadarıyla güldüğüm pek çok noktası olmuştu, çok eğlenmiştim okurken. Sadece sonunda biraz hayal kırıklığına uğr
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Claudia Serbanescu
O carte pe care am citit-o pe nerasuflate, dorind, in acelasi timp, sa nu se mai termine. M-am bucurat sa regasesc placerea cu care am citit "Bastarda Istanbulului" si sa gust din nou din delicioasa scriitura a lui Elif Shafak, o autoare intru totul pe gustul meu.
サラ サラ
Absolute disappointment!! Well, I have read some books of Elif Shafak and naturally expected something good but this book hardly has couple of chapters good enough, rest is sheer crap. Waste of time and money both!
Melissa
I enjoyed wandering along with this book, absorbing the vivid scenes and character sketches and musing on language, identity and nationality with Shafak. I loved her odd, dense voice. Now that I've finished I'm struggling with putting it all together - I think because she struggled to do so, too. The pacing picks up at the end as if all the threads are finally going to weave into a cohesive whole, but instead it abruptly stops with a strange, senseless act - without even saying much about meanin ...more
Lucine Van Stappen Gevorgyan
Typical Elif Shafak book where everything is connected with each other in a complicated cobweb of life. The Saint of Incipient Insanities is full of humor and philosophy and gives a wonderful depiction of the emotions of a person who finds himself in a foreign space. Her virtuous writing style is what makes me want to read more of her books.

Nancy
Aug 11, 2012 Nancy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Interesting story about international grad students who share an apartment in Boston and who all struggle with culture and identity, relationships and love. But the language use didn't feel natural. Even though the author isn't a native speaker of English, she seems to have a brilliant command of the language - but still her style was too ornamental for me. Too much alliteration, too many metaphors that didn't quite work. But there many interesting insights expressed by the characters. Strangely ...more
Aglika Nikolova
totally amazing. Love this story.
Funda
This book is change my life! Zarpandit/Gail is my hero character in that book. I think ever MAN!should be read that book if they want to solve women! But they not certainly choose. Just approximetly close the understand.

Hayatımı değiştiren kitaptır. Zarpandit/Gail benim kahraman karakterimdir. Bana göre bir erkek bir kadını anlamak istiyorsa okumalı bu kitabı. Fakat elbette ki kitabı okuyunca kesinlikle kadınları anlicak diyemeyiz. Tek diye bileceğimiz şey, anlamaya yaklaşacağı. İyi okumalar!
Derya Kulavuz-onal
This has been the best book by Elif Shafak for me! I read it a long time ago, and I read her other popular books later, but this remained as my favorite. Of course, as a doctoral student in the US, who is originally from Turkey, I identify maybe more with this book than the others, but language and identity issues were very well-portrayed in this book, and the all the characters in the book has very different life stories that take you into deep in this book.
Catalina
Jul 23, 2010 Catalina is currently reading it
So far, so good. Found the same long but not too complicated phrasing as what I knew her style was like from "The Bastard of Istanbul". The same pleasure for building the characters (something that attracts me) and the phrases as well, that reminded me of the oriental patterns in everything (from stories to traditional art). I'm curious whether she can make you feel the immigrants world just as she made me feel Istanbul as a very complex and alive city.
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Elif Shafak was born in Strasbourg, France, in 1971. She is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. Critics have named her as “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature”. 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.
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