Sunday, 23 June 2019

Book Review: 10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World

After a long time, I got a book that I read in one go... 

Elif Şafak / Elif Shafak’s ’10 Minutes, 38 Seconds in this Strange World’ is a nonlinear narration of Leila’s life that she recalls after her death when her mind refuses to die. 

Personally, I feel that stories that deal with multiple issues at one time are unable to do justice to all of them. But, this novel touches family, friendship, loyalty, love, religion, inclusion, abuse through well sculpted, strong female characters. Each fighting its own battle yet united by love and emotions. I loved all the characters and their fascinating stories. Characters are so real that you can relate to each of them and the writer claims that these are characters are based on actual people she has met over time. Set in the beautiful Istanbul, it is an emotionally engaging story that deals with death, woe, abuse and injustice yet, the little victories, joys, celebrations and a beautiful tale of true friendship will warm your heart and leave a sweet taste once you finish reading the book.

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