Title: The Architect’s Apprentice
Author: Elif Shafak
“It’s odd how faces, solid and visible as they are, evaporate, while words, made of breath, stay.”
𝘓𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘱𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦.
𝘔𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘦.
𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘔𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘮𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘦,
a𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘥𝘮𝘪𝘳𝘦.
I have heard so many about Shafak’s wonderful writing and spectacular characters, that when the time came for our reading challenge to go to Turkey, I didnt dwell a second about what author to read. The problem was only in picking out the book, and somehow, the choice fell on this one.
When it comes to the history, I was always bored with raw facts and events we had to learn in school. I always needed a bit of humanity in those stories. Something to connect those dates and data to the real people. And this is what Shafak perfectly delivers in this book.
Through the story of an white elephant and his young master, you will learn about the the 16th century Ottoman Empire and all the important historical events and persons of that time, intertwined with story about humanity, love and loyalty. You will get to know the architecture of that time, just as the people behind it. I loved the way she wrote a story around historical events and made it alive – it was sweet, it was funny and it was sad. She made history human, and that is what impressed me the most.
The connection between the elephant and his caretaker was captured in such a beautiful way, and those bits were my favourite. I do wish it was a little bit less historical, but it definitely wont stop me in discovering more books from this author.
My GR rating: 3.5 stars