Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
Author: Elif Shafak
“Just because you think it’s safe here, it doesn’t mean this is the right place for you, her heart countered. Sometimes where you feel most safe is where you least belong.”
I have to admit I was wrong. I have thoroughly misjudged Elif Shafak’s writing and I have to publicly apologize. I thought her books were heavy and philosophical, a type of reads that you feel you need a a degree in literature for. But after finishing one more of her books, I have to say that its absolutely not true.
I wont lie, in her books you will find all of that. Politics, current sociological, economical issues and history. A study of culture, religion and society. But her language is smooth and her stories flow easily. Through hard topics she swims like a professional, guiding her readers to build curiosity, to learn, to think. To grow.
This book is nothing different. Through the stories of the people on the verge of society, the ones that are always overlooked and underappreciated, she tells a beautiful tale of friendship, life and and love. And Istanbul. The characters were unique and each special in its own way, forming a bond that each of us wishes to experience in life. But what surprised me the most was the realness in each of them. I laughed so much at parts, and the end almost left me in tears. It was just beautiful and poetic with a strong message of hope in humanity. We all need at least one Elif Shafak book in our life and we would all use a bit of her faith in people. She is definitely a person we can learn a lot from.
My GR rating: 4.5 stars