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The Architect's Apprentice
The Architect's Apprentice: A Novel | Elif Shafak
From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire In her latest novel, Turkey’s preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan’s menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan’s beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire’s chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota’s help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan’s triumphant masterpieces—the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques—dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan’s four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak’s intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power. From the Hardcover edition.
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Carleneishere
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The husband and I were Unintentional cover twins on this mornings plane ride!

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lorenaramli
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“Busbecq believed there were two blessings in life: books and friends. And that they should be possessed in inverse quantities: many books but only a handful of friends.” I hold the same belief 🙌🏼

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lorenaramli
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Pickpick

My favourite thing to do while I wait is to read. So you‘ll see lots of #whileiwait posts. Today I accompanied dad to run errands. So he ran in and out, and I waited. I hope to finish this book in three days max — it‘s already September, mannn I‘m so behind my goal of 50 books for the #goodreadschallenge2018. I loved Elif Shafak‘s The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve; I know I‘ll love this one too.

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Panpan

This really wasn‘t my book and so it took me forever to read it. The setting in Istanbul at the time of Sulayman the great was cool, and I did learn about places and things I didn‘t know about. But it seemed to on forever and never really focus on anything. It just sort of meandered endlessly. I just kept thinking I should like it and kept at it. But nope. Not my book.

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Eugeniavb
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“Of all the people God created and Sheltan led astray, only a few have discovered the Centre of the Universe - where there is no good and no evil, no past and no future, no “I” and no “thou”, no war and no reason for war, just an endless sea of calm. What they found was so beautiful that they lost their ability to speak.” #firstlines

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bookishnerdy

If you wish to excel at your craft, you have to convince the universe why it should be you rather than someone else.

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bookishnerdy

Resentment is a cage, talent is a captured bird. Break the cage, let the bird take off & soar high

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Laalaleighh
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GondorGirl 😍😍😍 1y
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This is a wonderful historical novel that takes you back in time to 16th century Istanbul. 12 year old Jahan is traveling from India to the Ottoman capital accompanying a priceless gift—a white elephant. Jahan is much more than a mahout, however, & he soon finds himself apprenticed to Sinan, the sultan‘s chief architect. Intrigue, friendship, love, betrayal & above all architecture & Istanbul itself feature prominently in the story. Recommended.

Centique Wow - that sounds so good! 1y
TracyReadsBooks @Centique I really enjoyed it and will definitely read more of the author‘s books. (edited) 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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As a years long publication project (an archaeological field report) winds down, I‘ve started reclaiming my library. Yesterday, the reading nook was filled with stacks of the articles & books I needed to consult as I wrote the volume. Today, it is back to being a reading nook and I plan to use it as such (finally) as I continue with The Architect‘s Apprentice.

DGRachel It looks cozy! 1y
TracyReadsBooks @DGRachel It is! It‘s the best place to read and right now my daughter is busy plotting how she can claim it as hers! 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Ha! So many ways to go with this...

Cinfhen Great cover 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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“Busbecq believed there were two blessings in life: books and friends. And that they should be possessed in inverse quantities: many books, but only a handful of friends.”

Definitely don‘t disagree with the possession of many books.

ElishaLovesBooks ❤️❤️ 1y
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TracyReadsBooks
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“Because...nobody sees you the way I do.”

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TracyReadsBooks
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“Resentment is a cage, talent is a captured bird. Break the cage, let the bird take off and soar high...”

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TracyReadsBooks
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Love this description.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Diving into this one next. Love the cover!

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GatheringBooks
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#FallIntoBooks Day 4: #OccupationInTitle - I have a number of Elif Shafak's novels in my shelves waiting to be read.

Cinfhen Another gorgeous cover💙 2y
RealLifeReading Beautiful! 2y
BookishMe I hope to read one this year ;D 2y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i think i bought this book in istanbul. it does look gorgeous. @RealLifeReading we love beautiful books, don't we? @BookishMe i read her memoir Black Milk and really enjoyed it. 2y
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readsusieread
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@DeweysReadathon is almost over. I didn't read much. But I did buy some. I had a wonderful time! #readathon

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Alma
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#bookstagram #elifşafak #architectsapprentice

It's not everyday that you find the last copy of a pretty #book waiting for you in the store!

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Bibliophilia
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"Sometimes, for the soul to thrive, the heart needs to be broken, son".

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Knjigoholicarka

Can't wait weekend - I have so many books I would like to recommend to you 😊😊😊😊😊 Enjoy working days 😂😂😂😉😉😉😉

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Knjigoholicarka
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What about you 😊😊😊 Often, my friends ask me why my bag is so havy 😂😂😂😂 well instead in closet my imaginary friends are in my bag, always close, actually whole imaginary world of my own - in case I need an escape 😁😁😁😁🎒🎒🎒🎒📚📚📚📚👑👑👑👑👑

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Knjigoholicarka
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Atacking the Othoman Empire 😂😂😂😂 I want to read it for months now #inlove #easterncultures I have a such good feeling about this book 👳👳👳👳💟💟💟💟

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ashsukhdev
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Reading architect's apprentice while in Istanbul! Love geo-relevant books on holiday. Also football..

priymara I love you! What a lovely scene 3y
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