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5 raisons pour lesquelles tu vas aimer Peaux Échappées

J’avais d’autres reviews dans les tuyaux mais Peaux Echappées m’aura coupé le souffle en une matinée et une seule. Alors j’ai décidé de vous en parler avant tout le reste. Bon alors, qu’est-ce que Peaux Echappées allez-vous me demander les yeux pleins d’une impatience à peine contenue. Tout simplement, le meilleur livre Antillais que vous lirez cette année. Mais reste avec moi, ami lecteur. J’ai bien 5 bonnes raisons à te donner pour que tu te rues à la librairie du coin (ça existe encore, hein, rassurez-moi?)

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Elif Shafak: The Architect of Love

I am a French literature lover. Really, I am. I’ve started reading at age 4 and never stopped since with an ever growing love for my native language. It has something magical to me, a poetry I couldn’t find anywhere else. Baudelaire and Duras are my ultimate favourites. But since I live in a place where putting my hands on French books has been quite a challenge, I now mainly read in English.

Going from book store to book store, I stumbled upon many books from the same author, Elif Shafak.  To be honest, I was first attracted by the gorgeous covers more than the stories. I mean, I knew nothing of this woman before I set foot in Kuwait one year ago, so forgive my shallowness.

Elif Shafak is a prolific writer. I still have many of her oeuvres to discover but everything in its due time. However, three of them have caught my attention so far:

  • The Bastard of Istanbul
  • The Architect’s Apprentice
  • Honour

Three stories with very different backgrounds and even timelines: if The Bastard of Istanbul takes place in a very modern Turkey, both The Architect’s Apprentice and Honour take you more or less back in time. Nevertheless, Shafak affectionates a common theme throughout all of them — love and family.

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