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Three Daughters of Eve

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  17,039 ratings  ·  2,340 reviews
Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground--an old Polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past--and a love--Peri had tried desperately to forget.

Three Daughters of
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA (first published June 28th 2016)
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Amanda The ending has its pros and cons... it may be continued in another book or we can infer that the end has come for Peri as the situation she is in and …moreThe ending has its pros and cons... it may be continued in another book or we can infer that the end has come for Peri as the situation she is in and her last calls could be perceived as "making peace" with the past. It was a pleasure to read the novel but a little disappointing the ending.(less)

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Elyse  Walters
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Am I just allowed to SCREAM to the world how TOTALLY ENJOYABLE THIS BOOK WAS TO READ? It’s soooooooooo GOOOD!!!!!! It’s incredibly- I mean INCREDIBLY ENGAGING and THOUGHT-PROVOKING!!!
It’s just SOSOSOSOSO GOOD.... I’m dying to move right into ‘discussion’.

Grab a ‘buddy’ - friend - group - and read this book ‘with them so that you will have the pleasure to discuss it. My poor husband! I’m chewing his ears off.

JUST READ THIS BOOK - don’t miss it! But, you want to know a few thin
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peri, our central character, is a native of Istanbul who has a close relationship with her secular, hard drinking father and a tense relationship with her devout Muslim mother. The novel begins as the adult Peri makes her way to an ostentatious dinner party with her sullen teenage daughter. En route they have a dangerous and potentially deadly encounter that causes Peri to reflect upon what she is capable of doing. The rest of the novel alternates between the dinner party, Peri’s childhood and y ...more
This is a compelling tale of a woman, Peri (Nazperi), who gets shaken out of her stable, well-adjusted mode of upper-class living in contemporary Istanbul by a random mugging event and by the responses she surprises herself by making. Here’s the effective hook in the first sentence of the book:

It was an ordinary spring day in Istanbul, a long and leaden afternoon like so many others, when she discovered, with a hollowness in her stomach, that she was capable of killing someone.

She gets a lot of
Lucy Banks
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Doug Bradshaw
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now and then when you finish a book, you get that warm feeling inside, that feeling of love and gratitude for an author who has been able to draw you into the life of another person, to explore the background and thoughts of someone from a totally different culture and upbringing, in a way that can help explain and explore some of your own deep thoughts and idiosyncrasies regarding God, religion, deep cultural beliefs, the immature jealousies of our youth, uncontrollable young love and attractio ...more
1st of February, 2018. MY REVIEW
(my previous message yesterday) I finished this book late last night and had to drive 800 km today, so did not have time to review it. Review will follow. This is a though-provoking, intense book. Loved the experience.

Istantbul. The city that encompassed seven hills, two continents, three seas, and fifteen millions mouths.

The book opened with wealthy 35-year-old Peri (Nazperi) who discovered that she is able to kill someone during a mugging. It is the most import
Ron Charles
Elif Shafak’s new novel reveals such a timely confluence of today’s issues that it seems almost clairvoyant. Sexual harassment, Islamist terrorism, the rising tension between the faithful and the secular, and the gaping chasm between the rich and the poor — all play out in the pages of “Three Daughters of Eve.” That hyper-relevance is one of the reasons Shafak is so popular in her native Turkey and around the world. The author, who now lives in London, speaks in a multivalent voice that captures ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel opens with a confession; told in a rather offhand manner, the character suggests to us that it could have happened to anyone if the circumstances were right. Even those who had lived a 'good life' beforehand, even us. Yet the tantalising nature of this beginning is quickly undermined by the dullness of the dinner party through which the story is told. It all feels so constructed, the author is TELLING ME SOMETHING IMPORTANT. I like Elif Shafak, I think she's an important voice in moder ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this book: the language and opulence of the first chapter completely seduced me. However, as I progressed through the book, more things started to grate on me.

I loved the language: rich, seductive, intelligent and atmospheric. I loved all description of Istanbul, shaping it into yet another inadvertent protagonist in the book. I liked the story of self-discovery and adolescence; even Oxford setting looked realistic and mysticism did not bother me.
My main problem was with
Britta Böhler
Sadly, I didnt enjoy this one as much as I thought I would.
3.5 - 4 stars

Three Daughters of Eve was my first taste of Elif Shafak's writing and hopefully, it won't be the last.

This is the story of Peri, a Turkish woman, born and raised in Istanbul and her life story from an early age to when she's thirty-five and a stay-at-home mother of three, living an affluent life in the busy citadel of Istanbul. The blurb says plenty so I won't go into the plot.

Shafak explores issues of faith and religion, doubt, finding one's way, family relationships, sexism, infa
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author
Wavering between a 3.5 and 4 star book (so 3.75 I guess)
عماد العتيلي

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this book as I thought I would.
The opening lines were encouraging, but then the flow of events became lame and boring. I thought there would be something unique at the end of the book but eventually I didn’t find anything special!

I liked Elif Safak in Forty Rules of Love, but here I didn’t like her at all.

Sadly, I don’t recommend this book!

Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A militant atheist and a feminist muslima move in together – how’s that going to work out? At the end of the book, we don’t really know. These two of the three Daughters of Eve from the title didn’t get enough screen time to really flesh them out as characters. I wanted them to really have a go at each other, to put it all out there, to learn more about their history, motivations and opinions, because a novel is a perfect place to create an unrealistic setting to force characters to have a debat ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Three Daughters of Eve is a slow-building novel which moves back and forth between Peri's childhood in Istanbul in the 1980s and 90s, Oxford in 2001 where she is a struggling, timid student and 2016 Istanbul where she is a wealthy housewife and mother. After a childhood in a home divided by religion, Peri lives her life in the middle, perpetually confused and so desperate to be normal that she ends up numb and afraid.

Although the structure is a bit contrived and the novel more philosophical
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
(3.5) My first from Shafak, and overall an absorbing story of religion versus secularism. The title trio are young women who meet as international students at Oxford, where they are all drawn to Professor Azur, a charismatic and unconventional don who teaches an infamous seminar on God. Shirin is a boisterous Iranian, while Mona is a feminist Muslim from Egypt. However, the novel’s focus is very much on Peri, from Istanbul. In the present day she’s a wife and mother on her way to a glitzy party ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Struggling through the clogged streets of Istanbul, Peri is driving through traffic to attend yet another stifling dinner party of the elite. With her almost teenage daughter in tow, she mistakenly throws her purse to the backseat, and with unlocked doors, someone from the outside grabs her personal belongings. Peri pulls the car over and runs. She confronts the beggar, but he divulges the contents of her purse to the ground. A photo slides out. A man, and three women. The distant memory of Oxfo ...more
Brown Girl Reading
I'm so glad I finally got to this book. It was a real pleasure to buddy read it with a friend. The first two parts of this book were my favorites. I learned a lot about Turkey. Loved her intelligent writing and the little bit of mystery she conjures up through the story. Shafak is proving to be a writer I'll continue to look to read. I highly recommend Three Daughters of Eve. ...more
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars - phenomenal. It built slowly, but engagingly, and much of the unfolding and current action happens in the last 20% of the book. Riveting - so well done.

I find myself still wondering how to review it. It felt like a "different" read to me, but it certainly hit all of my high notes. Its written largely in one voice, although there is a dual storyline 14 years apart. In one storyline, a young muslim Turkish girl is conflicted about her faith and her beliefs in general, coming from a religi
4 stars

Three Daughters of Eve is an ambitious and multilayered novel that explores the feeling of being caught in between the tensions that plague the modern era - between traditionalism and modernity, between religiosity and secularism, between East and West - and the consequences of being ideologically unmoored in a polarized world. While Three Daughters of Eve succeeds in scaling down these lofty ideas into the ways they shape the everyday life of the protagonist, it also uses the rest of its
Eric Anderson
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's deeply frightening and upsetting how politically divided society is at the moment. When different factions are so convinced about the certitude of their own ideas and beliefs conflict is inevitable. Religion continues to be at the centre of many battles, yet in her new novel Elif Shafak creates the character of A.Z.Azur, a controversial Oxford professor who encourages dialogue across religious belief systems as he believes that too many people suffer from what he calls “The Malady of Certai ...more
Asghar Abbas

A friend of mine who is like a brother in law to me, because he is, gave me this book. It's not really my cup of tea, opps mea culpa bro, it's well written enough so I read it. I mean, what else do you do with books anyway?

It wasn't half bad. I read it and ala Jay Bauman and Mike Stoklasa from Red Letter Media, it was all right.

Ah, if you are looking for one of those reviews from me then I am sorry. I hate to break it to you but people are disappointing. It's unfair. What can you do? What can
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved this book! very intelligent, interesting and well-written on subjects of great actuality and also full of wisdom in its search for knowledge, for deeper understanding of what it is to be human, to be free. an excellent narrative and interesting, multilayered characters lead the reader through the fascinating story between istanbul and oxford, from the 1980s to present time, building up and coming together beautifully in a grand finale. highly recommended.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading "The bastard of Istanbul", i had high expectations regarding this one. In comparison to the other one, this one receives only 2 stars. The first two parts were good, the first part actually extremely good. I was hoping another story full of magical realism and djinns. But this is a very down to earth story, in the third and fourth part 100% Hollywood.
The whole discussions about god = cheap philosophy for idiots.
For a feminist as Shafak, this book is totally the opposite - the prof
Gumble's Yard
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Peri, wife a wealthy Istanbul property developer, is driving to a dinner party at a prosperous mansion when her handbag is stolen by a glue-snigging beggar: almost raped by him, she fights back and beats him, but the key development is that a photo, long hidden in her handbag, falls to the ground and is seen by her daughter – a photo of her, two other students and a professor in front of the Bodelian library in Oxford. Thereafter two main stories are interwoven: the dinner party in 2016 and Peri ...more
"Three Daughters of Eve" refers to the three young Muslim women in the story. There is free spirited and westernized Shirin from Iran, pious Egyptian Mona and our main protagonist Peri,from Turkey, who grew up in a house divided by her mother’s strict Muslim faith and her father’s secular skepticism.
The three young women end up roommates at Oxford university. They jokingly refer to themselves as "the sinner, the believer or the confused."

They are in many ways archetypes of the different types o
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was everything. New favourite from now on.
Elif Shafak is a popular Turkish author, and a Rumi scholar, raised by her mother and grandmother, experiencing a childhood and influences that fed a fertile imagination. Now based in London, this is her tenth novel. Since reading The Forty Rules of Love, the first of her novels to actively reference her Rumi knowledge and learnings, I've read the excellent The Bastard of Istanbul, Honor and her nonfiction essayThe Happiness of Blond People: A Personal Meditation on the Dangers of Identity. She ...more
Holly Dunn
I'm going to give it a couple of days, but I'm pretty sure this was a five star read. ...more
People who would refuse to share their bread shared their insanity instead, There was something inscrutable about the collective loss of reason: if enough eyes saw the same hallucination it turned into a truth; if enough people laughed at the misery, it became a funny little joke. p5

With her customary aplomb and penetrating insight ES explodes the funny little joke of cultural superiority in this tale of displacement, loyalty and memory. She asks hard questions.

The problem today is that the worl
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Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US and the UK, including St Anne's Colleg ...more

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