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Tuesday, 07 January 2014


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How interesting to see some of the formal devices of Black Milk repeated in this novel! Or at least it seems so to me with the Aunties and the Djinn and so on. And I may be reading too much into things, but it feels like the emotional climate of the work is similar too - really weighty issues but dealt with a light hand (and perhaps too light a hand at times?). Your comments about the cover of The Forty Rules of Love did make me laugh - I have that book on my wishlist but haven't been able to bring myself to order it yet for the same reason!! This desire of publishers to make everything look generically related to everything else isn't always wise, is it?? Wonderful review, Helen.


Thanks litlove (I was afraid I was rambling on a bit too long and readers would fall asleep)!

Yes, you're absolutely right about the formal devices of Black Milk being used here - and Zeliha has a list of rules of prudence, and Asya has a personal manifesto of nihilism... And the tone is much the same too, yes and the emotional climate. Whether that's simply because she was writing both of them around the same time, or whether these are her traits, I couldn't say. Go on, read and review one of her other novels, I'd love to know what you think! (If you get Forty Rules from the internet, nobody else need see the cover...)

Jenny @ Reading the End

I'd have gone with The Forty Rules of Love, I think, sappy cover notwithstanding. I have a crush on Rumi is why. I cannot resist Rumi.


Ah Jenny, what can I say? I am a very shallow person. :)


I really need to read Elif Shafak. For only spending 8 minutes in a bookshop you did pretty good I'd say! Since you mentioned ashure was vegan I looked up a recipe and oh, it looks so good! I might have to read the book and then make my husband cook up the pudding :) Have you tried it yourself?


I haven't tried it yet, Stefanie (and there's a good recipe in the novel - well, it looks delicious anyway!). I am not sure where I could find some of the ingredients here in deepest, darkest Belgium. Let me know if you make it! And do try reading Elif Shafak, I'd love to know what you make of her work.

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