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The Bastard of Istanbul by Elif Shafak
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Dec 12, 10

bookshelves: 6-star, bookclub, library
Read in January, 2009

This was recommended by a friend of my brother's and I had very high expectations of it so I suggested it to my book club. Unfortunately, the book didn’t live up to them. There were too many characters, they were hard to keep track of, and for the most part the characterization was superficial. I found the writing wordy, and too many irrelevant details got in the way of the story. The plot relied heavily on coincidences and seemed unlikely. There was potentially an excellent novel in here about an Armenian-American girl, a Turkish girl (the bastard) from Istanbul, their large extended families, and a past that included the Armenian genocide of 1915, but ultimately this was a disappointment.
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