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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World
10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World | Elif Shafak
122 posts | 90 read | 5 reading | 90 to read
An intensely powerful new novel from the best-selling author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Honour - available for pre-order now 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...' For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . . 'One of the most important writers at work today' Independent
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Eggbeater
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The memories of a sex worker in Istanbul as her brain dies for 10 minutes and 38 seconds past her life. I thought the book was quite well done, but it is a necessarily heavy story in many parts. If you are triggered by sexual abuse you may want to consider that before you read this. It was upsetting, but I considered it worth it.

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Martta
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I LOVED this! I'm so going to read more of her books. I really liked the way she makes her characters feel alive with their relationships with eachother and in the internal life inside a character.

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Centique
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Mehso-so

I loved the writing in the first half of this book. It really felt like it was going to be a 5 star book for me, the story of Leila as she lies dying and remembering her past and meeting each of her friends. However the rapid fire nature of each episodic chapter, and the introduction and quick summation of each friend‘s back story left me wanting more. Once it got to the “Body” section of the story ⬇️

Centique I felt it wandered away from the richness and meaning of the first half. I think Shafak has an amazing talent but perhaps I will see that really hit its stride in the next book. 3mo
Graywacke Didn‘t work for me either. (But I still might be interested in her latest) 3mo
Lindy I read two of her other books (Bastard of Istanbul & Island of Missing Trees) and found them not quite to my taste, but this one has remained on my TBR because I‘m intrigued. Paula, the things you didn‘t like about this might work for me. 3mo
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Centique @Lindy I will be SO interested in what you think. It‘s certainly got some great pieces that I‘m glad I read. 3mo
Lindy @Centique okay, I will tag you when I read it… but it will probably be quite a while before I get to it. 😊 3mo
Centique @Lindy yes, I know that feeling. My TBR is pretty much laid out well in an advance. 3mo
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Martta
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Some midsummer reading. 😎☀️

Happy midsummer to everyone!!! 🥳🌅🌞

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You too!! 💛 3mo
Weisubei I love this book, hope you enjoy it 💞 3mo
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Bibliophilia
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Martta
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Starting a new book and looking at the sunset while travelling home by a ferry. I love when the book's color theme matches the scenery! 😁☀️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💙 5mo
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thewallflower0707
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Mehso-so

I really liked the first part, The Mind. However, around 55%, it didn‘t feel so special anymore.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,75/5

#elifshafak #novel #kindle #bookerprize

Megabooks Agree 6mo
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Mirazzles
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So far, this book is harrowingly beautiful.

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SqueakyChu
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Happy New Year, Littens! This is my choice for the #AsianBookChallenge2022 on #LibraryThing. I‘m less than enthralled with it at the moment, although I‘m not sure why. The writing is done beautifully, but yet there is some element that makes me less than eager to keep going in this story. I‘m not sure what that is because this novel by a Turkish author (this month‘s challenge) was on the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist.

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KaraAnn90
Pickpick

Really enjoyed it

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honeydew_reader
Mehso-so

Somethings missing from this book.

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NovelNancyM
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Perhaps it was not that different when it came to death. People thought you changed into a corpse the moment you exhaled your last breath. But things were not clear-cut like that. Just as there were countless shades between jet black and brilliant white, so there were multiple stages of this thing called 'eternal rest'. If a border existed between the Realm of Life and the Realm of Afterlife, Leila decided, it must be as permeable as sandstone (3)

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NikkiKey94
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Pickpick

I received this as my Literati Book Club selection several months ago and I didn‘t really know if I would enjoy it but once I started reading I could not put it down!! I read the majority of the book in one day and finished it tonight! I loved it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟!

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Gracelovesreading
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Enjoyed this just as much as Three Daughters of Eve. 💛 Such a talented writer. Sensual novel. Tragic but mighty powerful characters.

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sailu112
Mehso-so

I was very intrigued after reading the blurb of the story that I immediately got my hands on it. This is one of the books which starts off great but falls flat almost immediately. There was 0 emotional connect. At no point have i got connected to Leila. I felt sorry for her a couple of times but that's it. I don't know if author went with the fact that not everything has closure in life, but the story was so disjointed and all over the place.

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Tove_Reads
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My book club chose this book, and there are 900 peeps waiting for the physical copy at the library. I just checked if Overdrive had some new books for me, and there it was, available. Wow! Anyone read it?

kellock I loved it 1y
Tove_Reads @kellock 👍🏽 1y
CaroPi I really enjoyed this book. Totally worth it. 1y
LeeRHarry Really enjoyed it 😊 hope you do too! 1y
BookwormM I loved it 1y
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ImmaEdeli
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Elif Shafak is publishing a new book this year, and I for one couldn't be more excited.

I simply adored 10 Minutes and 38 seconds in this strange world. Reading all works of her is one of my reading goals this year!

What is your favourite Shafak and are you hyped for this one as well?

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bekakins
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Reading books by Elif Shafak always makes me really hungry! Love how she ties memories to smells or meals, it‘s definitely how my brain works! This was a really interesting way to frame a story of a young sex worker in Istanbul. Definitely need to work my way through the rest of Shafak‘s work.

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Panpan

Elif Shafak‘s vocabulary is really great. The concept that the subconscious can live on for a few minutes after the physical body is dead is also compelling. But! This book was so much longer than necessary, & didn‘t build any emotions for Leila or her five friends. I could feel no camaraderie or friendship between them. Filled with random bits of info that added no value, I found this book to be quite lukewarm, inconsistent and unmemorable.

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Currey
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#turkey #istanbul Not sure how I missed reading this 2019 Booker short listed book about the strength of friendship when one‘s family turns their backs. Although I did not love the ending, the first part of the book with the introductions to all the characters and to that messy, wonderful city of Istanbul, I thought was wonderful.

BookwormM I loved this 2y
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Loretta
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Sbk89
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Mehso-so

She had love.. no matter how unconventional it was to society and tradition.

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MinnieTimperley
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...finding the familiarity of captivity more reassuring than the strange call of freedom.

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MinnieTimperley
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They respected him the way cruel and powerful people have been respected since the dawn of time - with abundant fear and not a speck of love.

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kellock
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Pickpick

I loved this! The second part I didn't love as much, almost felt it would have been as good with out it, but part 1 was so good it still makes it a pick. A very clever premise, very beautifully written.

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kellock
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I simultaneously don't want this book to end but also want to know what happens.

BookwormM I loved this one 2y
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kellock
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Next up. Things arent sitting in my TBR pile for long at the moment, I must be making exciting choices 📚

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kellock
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I shoild notnwatch book group shows, I always end up buying something 🤦‍♀️

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Caroline2
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Mehso-so

Leila is lying murdered in a dumpster and it takes 10mins 38 seconds for her body to shut down. In some ways, I loved this book. The flash books to her childhood, the religious extremism in Turkey, her friends and all their back stories. But I didn‘t want to pick the book up and keep reading. The second half is strange and long winded. This book needed serious editing!
#teamslaughter #scarathon2020 151 points #readingeurope2020 #turkey

TrishB I have this one but not been drawn to yet! 2y
Caroline2 @TrishB I kinda liked it but I never wanted to pick it up, it felt like a chore. But then it was hard to put down once I got started. 🤷‍♀️ prob my crazy brain at the mo! I‘m so impatient with books lately. 🤦‍♀️ 2y
Cathythoughts I‘m not drawn to it either @TrishB 2y
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TrishB I know that feeling! 😘 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts sometimes those books take years to get to the top of the pile! 2y
BarbaraBB I hope you will be joining us for #ReadingAsia2021! 2y
Caroline2 @BarbaraBB oh that sounds good. Count me in. 😀 2y
BarbaraBB Yay! I‘ll tag you in my post so you can fill in the form! 😘 2y
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KatieB
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I loved this book. There were a couple of chapters towards the end that weren‘t quite as good as the rest for me but otherwise this was close to a 5* book. October is off to a great start!

#bookspinbingo (book number 1)
#doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 2y
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KatieB
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It‘s a good day for cozying up on the couch

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KatieB
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Loving this book so far, and the writing is fantastic!

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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

I‘ve finished this book while waiting on Schiphol Airport for a flight to Florence, Italy (for work). It‘s spooky and dystopian, being in such an empty place that normally is so busy!

The book is way too fragmented for my taste and with too many characters who never really came to life. For me it was a disappointing and incoherent story, as unfinished as Leila‘s life.

#ReadingEurope2020 🇹🇷

Cathythoughts Yes anyone I know who has flown for work say it‘s eerily quiet in the airports & planes. That‘s good though ... that it‘s quiet I mean 2y
Hooked_on_books That‘s too bad. I loved it but it‘s unusual for sure. I would not expect it to be to everyone‘s taste. (I can‘t imagine that airport being empty. The only time I flew out of it was total chaos and I think that was a normal day!) 2y
Librarybelle I have this one on my to read list - it sounds so unusual! 2y
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Megabooks Came to life...nice pun there 😜 I actually loved this. I‘m sorry it wasn‘t for you. I hope you‘ve safely arrived. 💜 2y
Cinfhen I agree, the second half of this book was a hot mess. 2y
anushareflects I just finished this and I completely agree with this review! 2y
BarbaraBB @anushareading I jus read yours! We feel the same indeed! 2y
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 37/20

I have the tagged book in progress for #ReadingEurope2020 as well as Misery. I am no SK fan and reading this for a challenge but I have to say I‘m really enjoying it. Also planned to start Despised and Rejected, the #Persephone the wonderful @Megabooks sent me and I have planned to read for #Booked2020‘s #BannedBook prompt. Also another Ogawa. Because I‘m a fan!

Ruthiella I‘ll be curious to know your thoughts on the Shafak title! I‘ve only read The Forty Rules of Love which wasn‘t a favorite. 😀 2y
Megabooks The tagged is great and I hope you enjoy the Persephone 💖💖 2y
Caroline2 I think Misery is SK‘s best book. 👍 2y
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BarbaraBB @Caroline2 That is good to know! I did like some of his earlier works but hated 2y
Caroline2 Yeah I loved Carrie too but I was underwhelmed by The Institute. 🙄 2y
Cinfhen I LOVED the first half of Shafak book but the last half wasn‘t my favorite @Ruthiella it felt like 2 different books 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen Nice mash up of genres, Barbara xx enjoy 🧡 2y
LeahBergen Despised and Rejected is good! 👍🏻 2y
Kalalalatja I‘m definitely interested in your review of the Shafak book. I think I liked it more than @Cinfhen but a lot of it was timing, too 😊 2y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I‘ll let you both know. I am about 50 pages in and have not really warmed to it yet. 2y
TrishB Misery is great (and for once the film is also great!) 2y
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Lesliereads
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I liked the first 194 pages or so — the last 115? Not so much.

rmaclean4 I have been tempted by this book! 2y
Lesliereads @rmaclean I would be curious to learn your thoughts if you read it. I have only recently become acquainted with Elif Shafak, and liked Three Daughters of Eve enough to seek out more of her work. 2y
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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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Mehso-so

Sometimes where we feel safest is where we least belong. We move to big cities, join protests, and find new friends in the strangest of places. While Tequila Leila‘s crew seemed too unlikely to me, I appreciate the book‘s ideas about life‘s turmoil and death‘s peace. The joys here on Earth are found in the rumbling present. Crying out, after all, is the best way to let everyone know you‘re alive.

CaroPi Try to watch the video of the author in YouTube about the book. It give a nice perspective 2y
BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks Will do. Thanks! 2y
Kempii I loved this book and its quirky characters. I need to check out the video you mentioned, @CaroPi 2y
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ImmaEdeli
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One of the more powerful books I have read this past two years.
Told in two parts we follow the life of Tequila Leila and the people she meets along the way.
This book was beautifully written, believable every step of the way and perfectly paced. It was emotional and everything that was meant to hit you in the feels succeeded in doing so.
The characters were all very fleshed out and just feel like people you would meet on the street.

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rachaich
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I sped through this, adored her writing and found the first part absolutely brilliant. Love how she used the time to remember and introduce the friends. The descriptions and tales ate wonderful although some tinged with sadness.
The second part didn't flow as well... a little far fetched in story. Still beautifully written but almost silly.
The end parts I liked, they kept the book together.

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rachaich
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Just pinged through from my library hold account- better get reading 😊😊😚

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CaroPi
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Pickpick

I really enjoy this book. Beautiful narration and amazing way how all the stories get together. Is a nice read of a tragic story

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TrishB
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Always been a bit on the fence about this one, but....

Cathythoughts Me too , on the fence. It‘s a great deal all the same 👍🏻 2y
jenniferw88 Thank you - can unstack now! 2y
squirrelbrain I was going to read this for #readingeurope2020 but then the library closed.... I read something else by the same author instead so I don‘t *need* this one but..... 2y
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain I may have brought it anyway 😉 2y
Hooked_on_books It‘s unusual, but I really liked it. Plus it‘s easy to bail if needed when it‘s such a great price! 2y
Mishu94 The first half of the book was good but the second half got a little hard to read, had to force myself to finish it! 😩 2y
BookwormM I loved it 2y
TrishB @Hooked_on_books @Mishu94 @BookwormM thanks 👍🏻 will see how I feel when I get to it! 2y
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BekaReid
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one from Leila's reflections on memories throughout her life and of friendships formed. And the dynamic of those friendships was beautiful!

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BekaReid
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Seren is not impressed with today's reading plans. I love Elif Shafak's writing, and the premise of this book really intrigues me. So here goes...if Seren permits anyway.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
JamieArc I didn‘t think I would like this one as much as I did (I expect all man booker nominees to be harder reading that is not as enjoyable). I really loved the dynamics of the friends. 2y
Leftcoastzen Cute kitty! 😻 2y
Nute Love that face!😺💛 2y
BekaReid @JamieArc yes! The friendships and their dynamic was everything! 2y
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Kempii
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Terrific book about the last 10 minutes of a prostitute‘s life, as her brain loses consciousness and she relives key encounters with the people who mattered most. Well written, engrossing characters from the underside of society. A loving homage to Turkey's beauty and blasphemy. I enjoyed it very much and found it charming to read. It was sweet and far exceeded my modest expectations.