Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
Authors: Shafak, Elif
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 306
Year: 2019
Language: English
Description: What if, after the moment of death, the human mind continues to work for a few more precious minutes? Ten minutes, thirty-eight seconds exactly...

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. . . [Taken from book cover, Viking Books]

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Amazing point of view, great writing, insightful into the culture of Turkey and especially Istanbul."

"This is a fabulous book, easy to read but not easy to digest. Many issues are touched on and it would be great for discussion."

"It's such an original story, telling the story after death!"

"The author brings it all together in a way that is sympathetic to the characters and it portrays how love, loyalty and friendship can flourish in these circumstances."

"A book I think many would enjoy. Easy read, funny and satisfying."

"I enjoyed this book very much. The reader gets a look at different cultures and beliefs through the eyes of those involved."

"Because sexual abuse and prostitution are involved, it will not be suitable for all."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Love story, Social commentary/perspectives, Turkey, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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