(PDF FREE) [Ustam ve Ben] By Elif Shafak

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Ustam ve Ben

Ustam ve Ben Free read ´ 6 Elif Shafak ↠ 6 Free read From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul a colorful magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire In her latest novel Elif Shafak spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire In 1540 twelve year old Jahan arrives in Istanbul As an animal tamer in the sultan’s menagerie he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant. Episodic Informative often fun but still episodicMy wife who has been reading this in tandem with me for a book club made the most generous and perceptive remark Shafak is obviously channeling an earlier tradition of oral storytelling she said and her book should be judged accordingly She is right This sprawling story of Jahan an Indian boy who arrives in Istanbul at the height of the Ottoman Empire as the mahout for a white elephant and stays to become a favored apprentice of the leading architect of the time has something of the fascination of the Arabian Nights It is easy to read and rich in the detail of sights sounds tastes and smells There are dangers and intrigues calamities and lucky escapes It should have been a breeze to get through its 400 plus pages Only it wasn t Well before the uarter way mark it had become a slogThe reason is just what my wife says As in the oral tradition it imitates or like Scheherazade s Thousand and One Nights the book is made up of numerous separate episodes that each occupy a dozen pages or so but barely connect into a larger whole Scheherazade at least kept her Sultan waiting on a cliff s edge before resuming the next night Shafak does not even do that each episode is wrapped up neatly at the end of its section Go on to the next why not But then again why The book can give much pleasure while you are actually reading but it offers little incentive to keep going It simply lacks momentum and in a novel this is a fatal flawAs a case in point a third of the way into the story the Royal Architect sends Jahar and another apprentice to Rome While there they make drawings of the construction of St Peter s and many other buildings and after many failed attempts finally get in to see the great Michelangelo who writes a letter to their master But on the way home they are robbed their drawings books and the precious letter are stolen And that s all except for a brief mention at the end of the book This is one of the richer better developed episodes but it is as though it had never been Time passes and we move on to other things and others and still othersJahan falls in love with a princess far beyond his reach he finds favor with the Sultan then loses it he rides into battle on his elephant Chota and experiences defeat he helps in the construction of magnificent buildings he is thrown into prison he has lucky escapes than Aladdin To describe a small portion of the book is to whet the literary taste buds But that takes no account of indigestion The novel is like a kebab with too many flavorsome tidbits threaded on too long and far too thin a skewerNonetheless there were two things that kept me going One was the colorful uality of Shafak s writing and her sense of place there is no mention of a translator so I assume that the English is her own Here is Jahan s arrival in Istanbul leading his elephant In every street through which they passed people moved aside in fright and delight Women drew their babies close mendicants hid their begging bowls old men grabbed their canes as though in defence Christians made the cross Muslims recited surahs to chase Sheitan away Jews prayed benedictions Europeans looked half amused half awed A big brawny Kazakh went pale as though he had just seen a spectre There was something so infantile in the man s fright that Jahan could not help but chuckle Children only they stared up with sparkling eyes pointing at the white beast Suleiman I with his elephant and Sinan s S leymaniye mosue Engravings by the Danish artist Melchior Lorck or Lorichs who appears as a character in the novelThe other element to capture my interest was the way Shafak weaves true history into her imagined tale although she admits in an afterword to switching a few things around Her inspiration she tells us was a portrait engraving of Sultan Suleiman I reigned 1520 66 with an elephant in the background see above Mimar Sinan the Royal Architect was also a real figure living from 1488 to 1588 yes and designing over 300 major buildings Two of them play an important part in the story the S leymaniye and Sokollu Mehmed Pasha mosues in Istanbul and the lovely Selimiye mosue In Edirne The ability to look at photos of these while reading only enhances the color of Elif Shafak s words Sinan s Sokollu Mehmed Pasha mosue in Istanbul Dome and interior of Sinan s Selimiye mosue in EdirneThough he is not a demonstrative figure the reader s growing awareness of Sinan s kindness and paternal concern for his apprentices is one theme that does maintain a steady development throughout the book Much so than the thin threads of mystery such as various unexplained accidents and the theft of Michelangelo s letter which neither build much tension nor reach a satisfactory conclusion It stretches belief a little that a young architect with increasing responsibilities should also be working as a trainer in the royal menagerie But the multifaceted variety is essential to Shafak s method A reader who can t accept things like that will not get much out of her book Probably I was not that reader in terms of my own absorption the book was barely three stars But with an eye to the pleasures on offer to readers who care less about tight structure in a novel I will happily round that up Petals Drifting uarter way mark it had become a slogThe reason is just what my wife says As in the oral tradition it imitates or like Scheherazade s Thousand and One Nights the book is made uyền Sư up of numerous separate episodes that each occupy a dozen pages or so but barely connect into a larger whole Scheherazade at least kept her Sultan waiting on a cliff s edge before resuming the next night Shafak does not even do that each episode is wrapped An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophetic Books up neatly at the end of its section Go on to the next why not But then again why The book can give much pleasure while you are actually reading but it offers little incentive to keep going It simply lacks momentum and in a novel this is a fatal flawAs a case in point a third of the way into the story the Royal Architect sends Jahar and another apprentice to Rome While there they make drawings of the construction of St Peter s and many other buildings and after many failed attempts finally get in to see the great Michelangelo who writes a letter to their master But on the way home they are robbed their drawings books and the precious letter are stolen And that s all except for a brief mention at the end of the book This is one of the richer better developed episodes but it is as though it had never been Time passes and we move on to other things and others and still othersJahan falls in love with a princess far beyond his reach he finds favor with the Sultan then loses it he rides into battle on his elephant Chota and experiences defeat he helps in the construction of magnificent buildings he is thrown into prison he has lucky escapes than Aladdin To describe a small portion of the book is to whet the literary taste buds But that takes no account of indigestion The novel is like a kebab with too many flavorsome tidbits threaded on too long and far too thin a skewerNonetheless there were two things that kept me going One was the colorful Kate Douglas uality of Shafak s writing and her sense of place there is no mention of a translator so I assume that the English is her own Here is Jahan s arrival in Istanbul leading his elephant In every street through which they passed people moved aside in fright and delight Women drew their babies close mendicants hid their begging bowls old men grabbed their canes as though in defence Christians made the cross Muslims recited surahs to chase Sheitan away Jews prayed benedictions Europeans looked half amused half awed A big brawny Kazakh went pale as though he had just seen a spectre There was something so infantile in the man s fright that Jahan could not help but chuckle Children only they stared Snake Charmer up with sparkling eyes pointing at the white beast Suleiman I with his elephant and Sinan s S leymaniye mosue Engravings by the Danish artist Melchior Lorck or Lorichs who appears as a character in the novelThe other element to capture my interest was the way Shafak weaves true history into her imagined tale although she admits in an afterword to switching a few things around Her inspiration she tells Selected Poems us was a portrait engraving of Sultan Suleiman I reigned 1520 66 with an elephant in the background see above Mimar Sinan the Royal Architect was also a real figure living from 1488 to 1588 yes and designing over 300 major buildings Two of them play an important part in the story the S leymaniye and Sokollu Mehmed Pasha mosues in Istanbul and the lovely Selimiye mosue In Edirne The ability to look at photos of these while reading only enhances the color of Elif Shafak s words Sinan s Sokollu Mehmed Pasha mosue in Istanbul Dome and interior of Sinan s Selimiye mosue in EdirneThough he is not 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Ustam ve Ben Free read ´ 6 Elif Shafak ↠ 6 Free read Chota and befriends and falls for the sultan’s beautiful daughter Princess Mihrimah A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan the empire’s chief architect who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct with Chota’s help some of the most magnificent buildings in history Yet even as they build Sinan’s triumphant masterpieces the incredible Suleymaniye and Selim. This novel has poetry under its skin without being direct about it Shafak beguilingly invites you to experience life as a poemWhen you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you a joy RumiThis subtle narrative sensibility transforms events into gestures behind my eyes like a dance Poetry is a retreat for me a consolation and so I found this book reassuringly long consoling passing sweet like the cherry blossoms that opened and fell around London while I was reading it The retreat to the past to love and life as a poem a series of word gestures coalescing into a dance soothed me and gave me an image of Istanbul to hold through the turbulent presentThe great architect of Ottoman Istanbul Sinan gets the historical novel he deserves here in my humble opinion While the protagonist Jahan is a flawed character often hapless or selfish whose Bildungsroman this is in part Sinan is wise generous driven brilliant Countless chapters end with a uotable comment of his on the nature of the possible and the human On the other hand his character can be critiuedview spoiler for example considering the treatment of Yusuf and the viewpoint of Davud hide spoiler Pandora under his wing as they construct with Chota’s help some of the most magnificent buildings in history Yet even as they build Sinan’s triumphant masterpieces the incredible Suleymaniye and Selim. This novel has poetry Anayurt Oteli under its skin without being direct about it Shafak beguilingly invites you to experience life as a poemWhen you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you a joy RumiThis subtle narrative sensibility transforms events into gestures behind my eyes like a dance Poetry is a retreat for me a consolation and so I found this book reassuringly long consoling passing sweet like the cherry blossoms that opened and fell around London while I was reading it The retreat to the past to love and life as a poem a series of word gestures coalescing into a dance soothed me and gave me an image of Istanbul to hold through the turbulent presentThe great architect of Ottoman Istanbul Sinan gets the historical novel he deserves here in my humble opinion While the protagonist Jahan is a flawed character often hapless or selfish whose Bildungsroman this is in part Sinan is wise generous driven brilliant Countless chapters end with a The Dhammapada uotable comment of his on the nature of the possible and the human On the other hand his character can be critiuedview spoiler for example considering the treatment of Yusuf and the viewpoint of Davud hide spoiler

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Ustam ve Ben Free read ´ 6 Elif Shafak ↠ 6 Free read Iye mosues dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge with jealousy erupting among Sinan’s four apprentices A memorable story of artistic freedom creativity and the clash between science and fundamentalism Shafak’s intricate novel brims with vibrant characters intriguing adventure and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court where love and loyalty are no match for raw powe. Wow I haven t read such wonderfully detailed and realistic historical fiction in a pretty long time The Architect s Apprentice follows the story of Jahan a young boy from India who sets out to escape his stepfather and seek his fortune He ends up in Istanbul and falls in love with an elephant a princess an architect and a city The narrative flows along delightfully from one story to another one character to the other The relationships ebb and flow as Jahan finds one adventure after another Istanbul under the reign of three sultans Suleiman Salim and Murad is beautifully depicted Jahan works as an apprentice to Sinan the wonderful architect who built Istanbul s many beautiful structures As a cultural centre and a military powerhouse Ottoman Istanbul has a lot to offer in terms of historical storytelling and Shafak makes full use of the opportunity I was a little afraid that Jahan s love story would go the way of most silly historical fiction nowadays but Shafak really built on it beautifully I enjoyed the role of the elephant as I am a sucker for any strong animal character I loved the intense character sketches Shafak has a way of bringing in very interesting characters and then gently nudging them away from the main story without the reader getting frustrated After a lifetime of building in Istanbul Jahan ends up back in Agra building the Taj Mahal for Shah Jahan I liked the Indian angle and enjoyed the references to Mughal India I wish there was of it but you can t have everythingEvery step of the way I was aware of the excellent research Some liberties were taken with the chronology and the dates but that did not interfere with the feel of the times I hope Elif Shafak writes historical fiction set in Turkey I m sure to devour them all Definitely an author I d be looking out for in future


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    (PDF FREE) [Ustam ve Ben] By Elif Shafak Elif Shafak ↠ 6 Free read Summary Ustam ve Ben The Architect's Apprentice is the latest historical novel by Turkish author Elif Shafak The author said that that a 1559 painting of Sultan Sulieman standing an elephant in the background was the inspiration of the novel The story goes as the indian boy Jahan sneaks into a ship that traveled to istanbul to deliver an elephant a gift from the Maharaja to the Sultan Then he became the tamer of the elephant at the Sultan'

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    (PDF FREE) [Ustam ve Ben] By Elif Shafak Episodic Informative often fun but still episodicMy wife who has been reading this in tandem with me for a book club made the most generous and perceptive remark “Shafak is obviously channeling an earlier tradition of oral storytelling” she said “and her book should be judged accordingly” She is right This sprawl

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    Summary ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Elif Shafak (PDF FREE) [Ustam ve Ben] By Elif Shafak First let's bask in the beauty of the cover uite a sight isn't it?Anyway this book reminded me a lot of The Golem and the Jinni tGatJ They are both historical fictions that take place in cosmopolitan cities told through the eyes of immigrants I

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  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • Ustam ve Ben
  • Elif Shafak
  • English
  • 05 October 2020
  • 9780525427971