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Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife and mother, 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.The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, as nineteen year old sent abroad for the first time To her dazzling, rebellious Professor and his life changing course on God To the house she shares with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about identity, Islam and feminism And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.Shirin, Peri and Mona, they were the most unlikely of friends They were the Sinner, the Believer and the Confused....

Title : Three Daughters of Eve
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ISBN : 9780241979921
ISBN13 : 978-0241979921
Format Type : EPub
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Penguin 4 Mai 2017
Number of Pages : 384 Seiten
File Size : 680 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Three Daughters of Eve Reviews

  • Kobisteinchen
    2019-05-09 18:30

    Die Hauptfigur dieses Romans heißt Peri. Zu Beginn ist sie noch ein kleines Kind in Istanbul, das zuhause zwischen den Stühlen sitzt: auf der einen Seite ihr liberaler, aber trinkender Vater, auf der anderen Seite ihre streng religiöse Mutter. Diesen Zwiespalt wird Peri nie mehr los, innerlich fühlt sie sich unentschlossen, dem konstanten Zweifel näher als allem anderen. Als ihrem ältesten Bruder ein unbeschreibliches Unglück widerfährt, verhärten sich im Hause Nalbantoglu die Fronten zusätzlich.Die Kapitel wechseln zwischen der chronologisch erzählten Geschichte von Peri als jungem Mädchen und später junger Frau in Oxford und einem Tag im Jahr 2016, als die erwachsene Peri unterwegs zu einer Dinnerparty bei einem reichen Geschäftsmann ist. Auf dem Weg dorthin wird sie überfallen und bei dem Gerangel mit dem Dieb fällt ein Photo aus Studententagen auf den Boden. Es zeigt Peri mit ihren Freundinnen Shirin und Mona sowie ihrem Professor, Azul. Dieses Bild lässt sie den ganzen Abend nicht mehr los.Der Roman verwebt diese unterschiedlichen Zeiten sehr geschickt miteinander, immer wieder kommen ähnliche Fragen, aber eben in unterschiedlichen Settings auf. Wie selbstbestimmt kann eine Muslima leben? Welche Rolle spielt die Religion in der Türkei? Was ist Gott? Gibt es ihn (oder sie) überhaupt? Und wenn ja, wieso passieren dann so viele scheinbar willkürliche und grausame Dinge? Peri ist und bleibt die gesamte Zeit die Zögerliche, bzw. "the confused", wie es im Roman heißt. Zwischen ihren Eltern als Kind, zwischen ihren Freundinnen Shirin und Mona, zwischen der High-Society des modernen Istanbul - Peri stellt sich dieselben Fragen, ohne zufriedenstellende Antworten zu finden.Peri auf dieser Reise durch ihr Leben zu begleiten, an ihren Zweifeln teilzuhaben und sich gemeinsam mit ihr diese Fragen zu stellen ist sehr interessant, die Figuren wirken sehr echt, sind sehr vielschichtig und komplex. Der Verlauf des Romans ist aber auch durchaus sehr spannend, denn nach und nach kommen verschiedene Geheimnisse ans Licht. Was hat es mit dem "baby in the mist" auf sich? Wieso wird Professor Azul sowohl geliebt als auch gehasst? Und auch die scheinbar harmlose Dinnerparty hält die eine oder andere Überraschung bereit.Insgesamt ein spannender und sehr interessanter Roman, der mir so manche Frage mitgegeben hat.

  • Amazon Kunde
    2019-04-22 19:05

    Ich finde das Buch ist sehr schön geschrieben jedoch war es für meinen Geschmack ein wenig zu sehr auf die Religion ausgerichtet. Ist jedoch Geschmackssache.

  • bookkate
    2019-04-27 15:14

    There is a lot of wisdom in this book, a wonderfully balanced way in which to approach important philosophical issues with tolerance and empathy, which is why I finished reading it and will keep it, but it felt as if the story was simply a rather insubstantial framework in which to present these wisdoms, as the story is flimsy at best, the characters are stereotypical and their actions are largely unexplained and random (for example -SPOILER ALERT-!: why does Peri try to commit suicide?!? It comes out of nowhere, is not supported by anything that came before and seems out of proportion) and the plot is not much of a plot, rather far fetched and disjointed. As a novel, this book doesn't score for me, as far as the contents of the philosophical parts and the wisdom go, it does get high marks.

  • Joan C. Curtis
    2019-05-12 16:29

    There might be some spoilers in this review: Read at your own risk.What didn't I like: 1) I got so tired of hearing about the dinner. That had to be the longest dinner party in the history of the world. 2) We get that she fell for her teacher, but there was never any mention of thoughts of suicide. That seemed to come out of nowhere. We are in the character's head for the entire book. Why not mention some suicidal thoughts? 3) Who is her husband? How did they meet? He seemed to be just there. 4) OMG the ending was awful. Left hanging as if she didn't know how to end the book. 4) How could the prof be nice to her on the phone after what she did? Please! 4) How many times must we hear about God? I ended up skimming much of the latter parts of the book.One of the few books my book club agreed was awful. Everyone hated it. So, purchase this one at your own risk...Oh, yes and the title? Where did that come from. What did I miss? Yeah there are three women but Mona hardly appears. Strange.

  • Doug
    2019-05-18 21:28

    Now and then when you finish a book, you get that warm feeling inside, that feeling of love and gratitude for an author who has been able to draw you into the life of another person, to explore the background and thoughts of someone from a totally different culture and upbringing, in a way that can help explain and explore some of your own deep thoughts and idiosyncrasies regarding God, religion, deep cultural beliefs, the immature jealousies of our youth, uncontrollable young love and attraction, the reasons you perhaps sometimes failed, ran, did things based on your parent's expectations, and then the effects these sometimes poor decisions have on your life going forward.I would compare certain elements of this book with some of may favorites over the years: "Narcissus and Goldmund" by Hermann Hesse, "And the Mountains Echoed" by Khaled Hosseini, "My Brilliant Friend" series by Elena Ferrante , and even "Sea of Poppies" by Amitov Ghosh.In each of these similar and well written coming of age stories, we see the effects of the culture, the upbringing, the interaction with schoolmates and close friends, the prevailing philosophies and different school teachers, mentors and religious beliefs. Over time, each character reacts and grows into the adult person with all of their strengths and weaknesses.Elif has accomplished this in such a compelling and great way. We end up having great respect and love for each of the three directions that the three muslim friends take, the theist, the atheist and the agnostic. I think I loved this about the book the most.If you had a great time in college, wish now that you'd've been even more diligent, had a few professors who challenged some of your core beliefs, and hopefully helped you out of your protected little world and open to brilliant ideas from multiple sources, I think you'll enjoy this book even more.I'm glad I found this author. I've heard of a few of her other books and now I'll read some of them. She is brilliant, her writing is crystal clear, well organized, her insight into human relationships and how real life operates is amazing. This was a five plus Goodread for me. Thanks to Elyse and Michael for their glowing five star reviews.

  • Bernard . Pucker
    2019-04-24 14:19

    Exceptional novel of life as it was and as it is. A love of her Istanbul in all of its complexities as portrayed by as Peri's family circa 2000 and contrasted with her life in 2016. Profound questions of faith and hatred are presented through the lives of Shafak's 3 Daughters of Eve. Caught in between the love of learning and ideas and the search for truth Peri is confronted by her past in 2016 Istanbul. Many questions are left unanswered as I believe as a reflection of Shafak's own inability to find the answers. Modern life is not simple. A blessing and a curse. It is all that we have. Be blessed in it.

  • Manya
    2019-05-05 15:16

    Must admit I kept turning pages, so it must have held my interest. I was a bit disappointed at the story's resolution, but then, I didn't write the book. Elif Shafak is always worth a read; my favorites of her title are "The Bastard of Istanbul" and "The Flea Palace."