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Havva'nın Üç Kızı

Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the groundan old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a pastand a lovePeri had tried desperately to forget.The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as an eighteen year old sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life-changing course on God. To her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart....

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Havva'nın Üç Kızı Reviews

  • Anastasia Vishnivetskaya

    I really wanted to love this book: the language and opulence of the first chapter completely seduced me. However, as I progressed through the book, more things started to grate on me.

    I loved the language: rich, seductive, intelligent and atmospheric. I loved all description of Istanbul, shaping it into yet another inadvertent protagonist in the book. I liked the story of self-discovery and adolescence; even Oxford setting looked realistic and mysticism did not bother me.

    My main problem was with
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  • Sherif Metwaly



    رواية مُفككة، شتتت أهدافها حتى ضلت الطريق، بلا أحداث تُذكر وتستحق أن نحكي لمحة عنها، بلا فكرة واضحة في ما قرأته من ثلثيها الأولين حتى فاض بي الملل، بلا شخصيات مرسومة بإتقان، بلا أي طعم ولا فائدة، فقط أسلوب سرد جيد، ولكنه وحده لا يبني رواية، ولن يكفيني لتحمل عناء ستمائة صفحة، حتى الأسلوب نالت منه الترجمة المتواضعة لمحمد درويش في مناطق عديدة. كل مكونات الرواية الجيدة إما ناقصة أو غائبة هنا تمامًا، فقط ثرثرة لا طائل منها، ومحاولات إليف شافاق لإضفاء بُعد فلسفي ديني عليها كانت بائسة تمامًا وغير مقنعة
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  • Nada EL Shabrawi

    من أجمل أعمال شافاك, رواية عن المغتربين و المذبذبين و كل من هم في منزلة الـ بين-بين.

  • Rebecca Foster

    (3.5) My first from Shafak, and overall an absorbing story of religion versus secularism. The title trio are young women who meet as international students at Oxford, where they are all drawn to Professor Azur, a charismatic and unconventional don who teaches an infamous seminar on God. Shirin is a boisterous Iranian, while Mona is a feminist Muslim from Egypt. However, the novel’s focus is very much on Peri, from Istanbul. In the present day she’s a wife and mother on her way to a glitzy party ...more

  • AnisaAnne

    Struggling through the clogged streets of Istanbul, Peri is driving through traffic to attend yet another stifling dinner party of the elite. With her almost teenage daughter in tow, she mistakenly throws her purse to the backseat, and with unlocked doors, someone from the outside grabs her personal belongings. Peri pulls the car over and runs. She confronts the beggar, but he divulges the contents of her purse to the ground. A photo slides out. A man, and three women. The distant memory of Oxfo ...more

  • Britta Böhler

    Sadly, I didnt enjoy this one as much as I thought I would.

  • Deniz Balcı

    Henüz kitabı bitirmedim ancak zihnimi sürekli olarak düşünceler böldüğünden bir şeyler yazma ihtiyacı hissettim. Eğer bu kitap Şafak'ın değilde, yeni bir Türk yazarın olsa idi, olumlu anlamda çok fazla sayıda eleştiri alacağını düşünüyorum. Şafak'ın son yıllarda değişen yazarlığı ve sivil hayatı; eseri okurken bir çok kez eseri garipsememe sebep oldu.

    Düşünün, Tanrı felsefesi yapan bir kitap bu! Tam da doğulu bir kadın yazardan beklenecek, dünyada da ilgiyle okunmasını sağlayacak anektotlarla dol
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  • Margitte

    1st of February, 2018. MY REVIEW

    (my previous message yesterday) I finished this book late last night and had to drive 800 km today, so did not have time to review it. Review will follow. This is a though-provoking, intense book. Loved the experience.

    Istantbul. The city that encompassed seven hills, two continents, three seas, and fifteen millions mouths.

    The book opened with wealthy 35-year-old Peri (Nazperi) who discovered that she is able to kill someone during a mugging. It is the most import

    She had always suspected that if chewing-gum flavours were political regimes, peppermint would be Fascism – totalitarian, sterile, stern.
    Her parents, Mensure and Selma Nalbantoğlu were like two different poles to their own planet. Divided into two zones, Selma was Dar al-Islam and Mensure Dar al-harp – the realm of submission and the realm of war.

    As a young girl, the thought that she had to make a choice, once and for all, between her mother’s defiant religiosity and her father’s defiant materialism almost paralysed her. She learnt early on in life that there was no fight more hurtful than a family fight, and no family more hurtful than one over God.

    It was the discovery of her brother Umut's books, by the police, that brought the first junction of despair, where her mental paralysis prevented her from choosing between 'right' and 'wrong'. Hakan, her second brother, was not much of a reader. The police had only one young man to arrest for being in possession of The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, The Condition of the Working Class in England by Friedrich Engels, The Permanent Revolution by Leon Trotsky, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Utopia by Thomas More, Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell and Kiss of the Spider Woman by Leonard Schrader.

    Eight years of jail awaited Umut. It would be the final step to turn her parents into two very different directions, and her brother Hakan surpassing his mother in religious devotion.
    Over the years, Mensur and Selma’s marriage had hardened into a hollow husk. Now the shell cracked wide open and they found themselves on separate sides of the rift. The air inside the house turned stifling, heavy, as if it had absorbed the sadness of its inhabitants. It seemed to young Peri that no sooner had the bees and the moths entered through the open windows, than they rushed in panic to fly out. Even those insatiable mosquitoes no longer sucked the Nalbantoğlus’ blood, for fear of ingesting their unhappiness.
    Selma promised Peri that Hell was so deep, it took seventy years for a pebble to reach Hell underground. Selma said it was Mensure's destiny. Mensure made Peri promise to include a pickaxe in his grave one day so that he could dig a tunnel out of wherever he ended up.
    Well, I’m not really heaven material, no? There are two possibilities: if God has no sense of humour, I’m doomed. Express train to hell. If He has one, there’s hope, I might join you in paradise. They say they have rivers flowing with the best wine!’
    He was still fond of God though. Because He is lonely, Pericim, like me... like you. Besides, what was piousness other than selfishness in disguise. All prayers were always about 'me'. Protect me; give me money, give me a Ferrari, do this do that...!

    God was like a Lego set. You could build an angry God, all-punishing; a peaceful God, all-loving; or maybe built nothing.

    Mensure was all about science. Civilization was built on it and reason and technology, not on unfounded believes. Mensure believed that he and Peri belonged in his world.
    God was a maze without a map, a circle without a centre; the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that never seemed to fit together. If only she could solve this mystery, she could bring meaning to senselessness, reason to madness, order to chaos, and perhaps, too, she could learn to be happy.
    The photo confronted a secret from long ago...

    It is Peri's paralysis that lead up to her relationships with her professor and two friends at Oxford. Four people stood together in the Polaroid. Shirin from Iran, Mona, the Egyptian-American, the feminist, Peri, the timid Turk. The three daughters of Eve, three young Muslim women: the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused, with their professor Azur.

    Peri, the good person, befriended people she could relate to, like anybody else. Takes one to know one.
    Whether men or women, it was always people with rough journeys in their pasts, uncertainty in their eyes and invisible wounds in their souls that intrigued her. Generous with her time and loyal to the bone, she befriended these select few with an unflagging commitment and love
    That fateful night after the mugging, a psychic draw three figures on a napkin for Peri. Under the first one was written: ‘She Saw Evil.’ Under the second: ‘She Heard Evil.’ And under the third were these words: ‘She Did Evil.’

    With her memories whirling in her mind and the machine guns raging in her nearby vicinity that night of the mugging, Peri finally came to a conclusion...

    A last comment: the prose was so rich in textures and color, I just wanted you to experience some of it, without giving away too much of Peri's philosophical journey to find her own place in this world.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    PS. I did not understand the ending so well. Hence the four star rating. ...more