Weekender Bahrain, Tuesday, July 07 2020

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admin 17-Nov-2019

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Book reviews shouldn't require excuses except for the obvious sentiment "here's another great book I found, read it!". Featuring bookworms and their sentient opinions about their best friends, Weekender brings you book reviews for you to pick up the best ones off the shelf and tuck in for a cozy weekend in another world. 
This week, Mariyath A.K reviews Three Daughter of Eve by Elif Shafak
“There was something frighteningly dangerous in the expectation that someone had the answer to most of our questions, and that through that person was a shortcut to all that was left unsolved henceforth.”
Elif Shafak’s spiritual and poetic style of writing always has an effect of invoking a sense of awakening in the reader's mind. 'Three Daughters of Eve' is an intense and absorbing novel set in the backdrop of 2016. The novel begins with Peri, a mother and a wife, stuck in traffic on their way to a fancy dinner to meet her husband, who then decides to abandon her car in the middle of a traffic jam, in pursuit of an opportunistic handbag thief. This incident and the memory it takes her to, unfolds Peri’s past in Oxford University and her childhood. 
The three daughters are the three girls who appear in the photo that falls out of her handbag during the attack, referred to as the sinner, the believer and the confused. They are three young Muslim students pursuing their education at Oxford University, including Peri (the confused), who takes the same class with Professor Azur as the rest and for a time they all live together.
Elif Shafak’s the 'Three Daughters of Eve' brings in echoes of her previous novels. From her childhood, Peri is fascinated by the meaning of divinity and at the Oxford University, falls under the spell of a charismatic professor, Azur, who takes a course on understanding Divinity. Elif Shafak’s account of Peri’s parents and her family is brilliantly characterized and the author's portrayal of Peri reflects why Peri was labeled ‘confused’ all along; her two brothers are polar opposites while Peri, loaded with empathy, understands all of their positions, but cannot stand in either of their shoes. 
While I enjoyed Elif Shafak's philosophical style of writing, the ending of the book was not quite up to the expectation. It was confusing as to why the author chose to bring scenarios together in the manner that she did; as for me personally, it distracted me from the original thought process spent during my time reading the work. An excellent and thought-provoking novel that I recommend, despite a somewhat less well-executed ending