Title: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
Authors: Shafak, Elif
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 306
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: 10 minutes and 38 seconds, the time it takes for the brain to shut down after death, and the time now allotted to Tequila Leila to share the story of her life. From Leila's childhood in a rural Turkish town to life as a prostitute, from her cherished outcast friends to the events bringing her to her final resting place, this structurally original novel lays bare the life of a lively and complex woman.

Compassionate and powerful, this is an insightful story combining lyrical prose with an unflinching portrait of modern Istanbul.

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, Gender Issues, Social commentary/perspectives, Turkey, 2022 Titles


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By: CHCH 503 2021-07-05 10:24:06
We all really enjoyed this book. We have read other books by this author, and find her way of expressing herself is meaningful and insightful. Felt the 'cemetery' a bit "slapstick".

By: AUCK 143 2021-06-28 11:22:15
There was universal appreciation of the beautiful writing style, and also the power of characterisation of the friends.

By: LITRIV 003 2021-06-17 11:07:17
Most of the group rated this book highly but many commented that if they'd picked it up in a shop/library and read the back cover they wouldn't have bought it -they're now pleased that bookclub made them read it! The writing was fantastic and the structure and themes made for lively discussion. We would read more from this author.

By: NELS 086 2021-05-20 14:51:35
Enjoyed by all the group. Particularly enjoyed the cultural feel, and those who had travelled to Turkey found it very relatable.

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