The Bastard of Istanbul – Elif Shafak – Quotes

Rain is an agony here. In other parts of the world, a downpour will in all likelihood come as a boon for nearly everyone and everything – good for the crops, good for the fauna and the flora, and with an extra splash of romanticism, good for lovers. Not so in Istanbul though. Rain, for …

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The Bastard of Istanbul – Elif Shafak

I may spend the next few paragraphs regretting not knowing Elif Shafak’s prose earlier. But I won’t. Instead, I will be grateful for the spur of the moment decision back in August to sign up for three book subscription boxes. I got The Bastard of Istanbul from Books That Matter. This kind of gems was …

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Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe – Kapka Kassabova – Quotes

The weeks went by in the Village in the Valley, and I felt dark and heavy like the plums in the abandoned gardens. The sizzle of insects intensified with the fragrant decay of summer. I didn’t even have the motivation to take myself to the beach anymore. My sense of impasse was mixed with languor, …

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