10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World : A Book Review

This book was such an easy read. I think I am official a sucker for books with multiple POVs (am I considered a bookish person yet?). The writer, Elif, pushes what we know about death and makes it palettable to the mind. It wasn’t as heavy a read as I thought it would be.

Ps. This review might contain spoilers

Things I loved about the book:

1. Although it jumped around timeline it still kept its flow and readability.

2. It gave insight to all the important characters. All questions about characters where answered before you even asked them.

3. I appreciated how the story when beyond the 10minutes 38 seconds insinuated by the title. I remember when I finished that part of the book thinking but what else is there? But it was there.

4. It one is quirky but I loved how it had no contents page! I didn’t page through so I had no idea what was on the next page til the very end and I loved the Journey.

5. The glossary at the back! This my first read based in Turkey and there were some words I was not familiar with. I really appreated the glossary as it gave more context.

If you are looking for an easy, laid back read without too much drama then this one is for you.

10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World is a book by Elif Shafak shortlisted for The Booker Prize in 2019, giving context to a lot of social dynamics in Turkey during the late 1900s. In as much as the story is fiction there a lot of real events and places within the story.

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