Honor

Honor

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An honor killing shatters and transforms the lives of Turkish immigrants in 1970s London

Internationally bestselling Turkish author Elif Shafak's new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children.

In London, they face a choice: stay loyal to the old traditions or try their best to fit in. After Adem abandons his family, Iskender, the eldest son, must step in and become the one who will not let any shame come to the family name.  And when Pembe begins a chaste affair with a man named Elias, Iskender will discover that you could love someone with all your heart and yet be ready to hurt them.

Just published to great acclaim in England, Honor is a powerful, gripping exploration of guilt and innocence, loyalty and betrayal, and the trials of the immigrant, as well as the love and heartbreak that too often tear families apart.
Publisher: [New York] : Viking, 2013.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780670784837
0670784834
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 24 cm.

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ArapahoeSofia Oct 27, 2016

Turkish novelist Elif Shafak has received international recognition for touching novels about love and misunderstanding, which entwined motifs of East and Western Europe.
The lives of twin sisters born in Turkey in 1940s diverge when one stays in their childhood village and becomes a revered midwife while the other moves to London with her bitter husband and three children.
This is the family saga of love, loyalty and honor. The book is about an extremely traditional Muslim family, about the customs, attitudes in the culture between the woman from the man, between mother and sons, between mother and daughters, between society and the family.

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uncommonreader
Jan 15, 2016

The author is to be applauded for tackling the cultural practice of honour killings. However, on a literary level, there are too many minor and irrelevant family narratives for the book to succeed. The author does not offer any explanation for this practice except patriarchy and does not point to any way forward.

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writermala
Aug 22, 2013

This is the story of a Turkish family over generations. Starting at the Banks of the Euphrates the characters move to London, England. The book now talks of the angst that immigrants face when dragged from familiar surroundings to a totally unfamiliar culture.

Shafak's language is so picturesque and her analogies so delightful that I would like to read and re-read this book. She likens London to butterscotch toffee - rich, intense, and traditional. Istanbul on the other hand is like cherry licorice -capable of turning sour into sweet and sweet into sour.

The plot appears reasonably straightforward but every now and then there is a twist in the tale which makes the book a page-turner.

A tough combination - rich in characterization book which is also somewhat of a thriller.

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cblainey
Mar 29, 2013

I give this 5 stars…..compelling, complex story and beautiful writing.

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