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10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World – Elif Shafak
I wasn’t keen on reading 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak.
I’d previously read The 40 Rules of Love by Shafak, and despite the hype, I was not impressed.
Still, there was a lot of chatter about this book on Bookstagram so I thought I would give it a go.
The book is about Tequila Leila who we find at the point of her death, being discovered by a gang of boys.
During the 10 minutes 38 seconds of her death, each chapter deals with a memory of Leila’s life as she is dying and the friends she made along the way.
Leila starts life as a carefree young girl, but a secret at the point of her birth causes cracks to appear.
We learn the reason Leila left home at such a young age and why she ends up becoming a prostitute and how she ends up dying.
Finally, we watch the aftermath of her death as her friends try and give her a proper burial after she is relegated to the Cemetery of the Companionless.
What follows is nothing but farcical if it wasn’t so tragic and ends up changing the lives of her friends forever, because even in death, Leila helps them realise what they’re all really meant to do and be.
Surprisinly, I really enjoyed this book!
My love and desire for Turkey has increased massively since reading this book which is ironic because it’s about a dead prostitute and her equally colourful friends.
But Shafak has a way with words that are so colourful it makes you swoon.
I’d highly recommend this and this a great book to read or listen to in Qurantine during these weird and wonderful times.
I’ve had an Audible account for a long time, and at various times tried to get into it but with an attention span of a goldfish and this challenge looming over my head, I knew I wanted to get through this book but I’m not able to read as much now.
So, I decided to try listening to Audiobooks on my commute into work and so far I really enjoyed it!
I would highly recommend 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak!