Three Daughters of Eve

Three Daughters of Eve

Book - 2017
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The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul .

Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, 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 ground--an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past--and a love--Peri had tried desperately to forget.

Three Daughters of Eve is set over an evening in contemporary Istanbul, as Peri arrives at the party and navigates the tensions that simmer in this crossroads country between East and West, religious and secular, rich and poor. Over the course of the dinner, and amidst an opulence that is surely ill-begotten, terrorist attacks occur across the city. Competing in Peri's mind however are the memories invoked by her almost-lost polaroid, of the time years earlier when she was sent abroad for the first time, to attend Oxford University. As a young woman there, she had become friends with the charming, adventurous Shirin, a fully assimilated Iranian girl, and Mona, a devout Egyptian-American. Their arguments about Islam and feminism find focus in the charismatic but controversial Professor Azur, who teaches divinity, but in unorthodox ways. As the terrorist attacks come ever closer, Peri is moved to recall the scandal that tore them all apart.

Elif Shafak is the number one bestselling novelist in her native Turkey, and her work is translated and celebrated around the world. In Three Daughters of Eve , she has given us a rich and moving story that humanizes and personalizes one of the most profound sea changes of the modern world.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781632869951
Branch Call Number: SHAFAK E
Characteristics: ix, 369 pages ; 25 cm


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Nov 13, 2020

I like Elif Shafak as an author and "Three daughters of Eve," did not disappoint. In the beginning I thought it wasn't as good as her earlier books but once she got to describing the protagonist Peri's life in Oxford, the pace picked up. It is then that we read about the three Muslim women, "The sinner, the believer, and the confused." More importantly the discussions with their "God" professor Azur is fascinating. The ending was rather abrupt but then that is Shafak's style.

STPL_Kerry Oct 13, 2020

Elif Shafak is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. I am equally entertained, educated, and transported through her novels. This book flips between Istanbul and Oxford (England), with religion being the main theme running throughout. I loved being transported to the beautiful and historic edifices of Oxford, and being a 'bystander' to interesting and heady conversation/debates about God and religion. As always, she presents so many opposing views of religion, often through unpredictable characters. This novel is brilliant.

Jul 22, 2020

Three friends, representing the spectrum of Muslim women - the sinner, the believer, the confused. An enjoyable story.

Jul 21, 2020

The book “Three Daughter’s Eve” is about a Turkish girl named Peri who moves to England, and there she makes 2 good friends, however a scandal takes place where the friends end up drifting apart. Years later, Peri comes upon a polaroid of the three of them, and with that she goes back to her past, that she had tried her best to forget. It then shows different parts of Peri’s life and all the hardships she’s been through. I personally really liked this book, but I think that this book has a very deep meaning, because Peri’s life isn’t like any typical life, she goes through a lot and she’s a really strong woman. Especially since her family had a rough past, Peri had to stay strong and help them out. And you really start thinking about it, and even though it was interesting for me I think it fits better with an older group of people, due to all the complex thoughts of Peri. I think this book can be suitable from middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students. This is because Peri talks a lot about her life experiences within these ages and I think it could teach lots of morals to students in this age range.

Sep 17, 2019

This was my first time reading Elif and I fell in love with her Writing style which has a melodious hint of poetry throughout! This was an enthralling novel weaving a complex tale of one Woman's journey from a childhood in Turkey to an Oxford University student to a Mother and Wife living in the bustling metropolis of her birth, Istanbul. The Author does a brilliant job of exploring the questions and uncertainties which plague many of us who are not satisfied by staying in the paltry, constricted box our societies might want to place us in. Soulful, memorable, gripping, evocative and untamed, this is a book which will stir your Consciousness and enliven your Heart!

It was a bit difficult to get into this story and I almost put the book down. The political oppression and torture that is life in Turkey was too abhorrent. But when she finally moves to Oxford and starts to question god, herself and civilization the book opens to an exquisite philosophical journey by a bright young woman juxtaposed by the same adult woman living her life back in Turkey 20 years later. I wondered about her final decision when the dinner party ends abruptly, but that will lead to some great book club discussion.

Jun 15, 2018

The book explores the journey of a woman as she sways between belief in God and uncertainty, created in part by childhood trauma and the regressiveness of her religion, Islam. The story is set in two timelines and is interesting, with the characters well developed, but the first half of the book is slow. Nevertheless it challenges beliefs and encourages something deeply lacking today - open minded discussion without hostility.

This book would be a great subject for a book review of discussion on belief and religion.

Jan 22, 2018

The title is a little misleading, since there's just one main character and she was only briefly part of the trio. But I enjoyed the book and thought the abrupt ending worked. Like "The Bastard of Istanbul," it conveys the complexity and contradictions of modern Turkey--and to a lesser degree, western academia and the nature of belief.


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