Havva'nın Üç Kızı

Havva'nın Üç Kızı

Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground—an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past—and a love—Peri had tried desperately to forget.The photograph takes Peri back to Oxf...

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Title:Havva'nın Üç Kızı
Author:Elif Shafak
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Edition Language:Turkish

Havva'nın Üç Kızı Reviews

  • Lucy Banks

    I was really happy to receive

    on Netgalley, as I'd recently read an interview with the author and thought the book sounded fascinating.

    It certainly lived up to expectations. The book is set both in the past and the present, focusing on Peri as a student in Oxford, and as a wealthy wife (14 years lat

    I was really happy to receive

    on Netgalley, as I'd recently read an interview with the author and thought the book sounded fascinating.

    It certainly lived up to expectations. The book is set both in the past and the present, focusing on Peri as a student in Oxford, and as a wealthy wife (14 years later) in Istanbul. It starts with something of a red herring, focusing on Peri's attack (and almost rape) by a beggar, then develops into an exploration of her past, as a Turkish Muslim at Oxford University.

    She's flanked by Shirin, a non-believer, and Mona, a devout Muslim - making them 'the sinner, the believer and the confused'. They're united by a man called Professor Azur, who has a major influence in their lives, both positive and negative.

    The book is an intriguing exploration into religion, belief and culture-clash - and in particular, the scenes detailing Peri's past, with a non-believing father and a devout mother, worked particularly well. A few moments jarred slightly - for example, the sudden revelation about the twin brother towards the end, and the abrupt shift in perspective from Peri to Professor Azur (again, towards the end), but for the most part, this book was masterfully executed and beautifully sustained throughout.

    I think Shafak has a strong, resonant style, combined with a philosophical approach - which works really well. I'd definitely like to read more of her books.

  • Sara M. Abudahab

    Every time I read something for Elif I love her even more, I can understand why some people don't enjoy her books, you have to pay attention to the details, to the conversations not to the events, and that's why she is my favorite author <3 life is about the journey not the destination right? :P

    In this amazing novel Elif tell the story of Peri, Shirin and Mona.

    Peri is a Turkish girl who was always confused about the subje

    Every time I read something for Elif I love her even more, I can understand why some people don't enjoy her books, you have to pay attention to the details, to the conversations not to the events, and that's why she is my favorite author <3 life is about the journey not the destination right? :P

    In this amazing novel Elif tell the story of Peri, Shirin and Mona.

    Peri is a Turkish girl who was always confused about the subject of God, her mother is very religious while her father is quite the opposite, she went to Oxford to continue her education. she meets Shirin on her first day who introduce her to the "Azur" a professor who changes her destiny in someway, how and why? you'll have to read to find out.

    The story goes back and forth between Istanbul in 2016 and Oxford in 2000-2002 which I think was perfectly written, I was on edge sometimes waiting to know more. In 2016 Peri is married with a daughter and we get to know her a little by little and then we go back in time to see why she made her life choices back when she was in Oxford.

    This is definitely going to my all time favorite shelf, I'm sure I haven't done this book justice with this review, all in all I highly recommend it.

    ..........................................................................................

    *Yaaaaay* Just got myself a paperback copy of this.

    Isn't the cover just gorgeous

  • Michael

    This is a compelling tale of a woman, Peri (Nazperi), who gets shaken out of her stable, well-adjusted mode of upper-class living in contemporary Istanbul by a random mugging event and by the responses she surprises herself by making. Here’s the effective hook in the first sentence of the book:

    She gets a lot of

    This is a compelling tale of a woman, Peri (Nazperi), who gets shaken out of her stable, well-adjusted mode of upper-class living in contemporary Istanbul by a random mugging event and by the responses she surprises herself by making. Here’s the effective hook in the first sentence of the book:

    She gets a lot of fulfillment as a mother, as a gracious partner to her affluent husband (a real estate developer), and as an all around do-gooder from charity work to routinely carrying treats for homeless cats:

    Still in the first paragraphs, we are pitched a second curve ball in this additional foreshadowing:

    What Peri does that that day is hard to justify to her daughter, so she keeps it under wraps. In her soul’s ferment we can detect a liberating experience in becoming more of an active agent in her life. But the downside is that it opens some emotional doors to painful things in her past that she has banished from revisiting. These include family traumas from her childhood and from a bad outcome from when she was a college student at Oxford. I am a big fan of character development and development in general (aligning with a past career in biology), and I find a lot of insight here in how both the strengths and weaknesses set into one’s character in early challenges hold the key to adaptive change in the face of ongoing threats and hurdles in our present life.

    In her childhood Peri took a hybrid path between the atheism of her academic father and the Muslim devotion of her mother, adopting a mode of respectful uncertainty about God’s nature and role in her life. When it came to terrible injustices in this world, such as the terrible fate of one of her brothers whose political activities ran afoul of a repressive regime in the 80s, she can’t understand how God can let undeserved suffering happen without intervening:

    Instead of following paths of the extreme left and right of her brothers, she seeks the mental liberation and pathway to accomplishment in literature and languages. Under her liberal father’s encouragement, she succeeds in getting into Oxford, where she is both exhilarated and challenged. It was lovely to experience her success in getting past the culture shock and bonding with her two roommates. Together they make up the “Three Daughters of Eves”: Shirin the rebellious “Sinner” whose family escaped the repression of Iran, Mona the devout Egyptian-American, Muslin “Believer” who is also a feminist, and Peri, the timid and studious Turk who acknowledges her status as “Confused” with regard to religion and thus once again the hybrid. All three are shaken up by a seminar that explores in radical ways different conceptions on God and his possible existence which is run by the charismatic Professor Azur. We experience Peri’s mind soaring with the fascinating content of the studies and debate of this course, and but something happens that melts her wings and leads her to drop out and return home as the epitome of “going with the flow” and settle into mundane existence as a mother and housewife.

    In the scenes of her life in the contemporary world, the need for accountability comes to roost in many forms. All day since the incident I referred to, Peri feels compromised as a model for the moral development of her daughter, who never knew she was once an ambitious scholar at Oxford. Her mind’s flights during a dinner party with her husband’s circle of affluent business leaders and professionals has her in a struggle I would call a crisis of conscience. She has done something cruel and damaging to another in her youth, and she needs to find a path to self-respect. The talk is of the perils of terrorism, problems over the vast influx of refugees Turkey was taking in, the helpless feeling of fighting rising Islamophobia, and growing sympathies in the direction of a conservative nationalist agenda. In response to the sad results of the “Arab Spring” uprisings, one of her husband’s colleagues suggests that democracy was a luxury not worth pursuing. The sense of accepting the bad cards dealt one like inevitable fate is no longer the philosophy she can accept in this dangerous world.

    I loved this late blooming of a woman trapped and suckered into a submissive position in an ostensibly modern and secular society. Much food for thought in a well-told tale. Personally, it represented a nice complement to a recent read of Bettany's history of Istanbul through the epochs of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires (

    . I look forward to finding more works of Safak in translation, which includes 9 novels and 4 works of non-fiction. The book was provided by the publisher for review through the Netgalley program.

  • Elyse

    ZERO SPOILERS.....

    Am I just allowed to SCREAM to the world how TOTALLY ENJOYABLE THIS BOOK WAS TO READ? It’s soooooooooo GOOOD!!!!!! It’s incredibly- I mean INCREDIBLY ENGAGING and THOUGHT-PROVOKING!!!

    It’s just SOSOSOSOSO GOOD.... I’m dying to move right into ‘discussion’.

    Grab a ‘buddy’ - friend - group - and read this book ‘with them so that you will have the pleasure to discuss it. My poor husband! I’m chewing his ears off.

    JUST READ THIS BOOK - don’t miss it! But, you want to know a few thin

    ZERO SPOILERS.....

    Am I just allowed to SCREAM to the world how TOTALLY ENJOYABLE THIS BOOK WAS TO READ? It’s soooooooooo GOOOD!!!!!! It’s incredibly- I mean INCREDIBLY ENGAGING and THOUGHT-PROVOKING!!!

    It’s just SOSOSOSOSO GOOD.... I’m dying to move right into ‘discussion’.

    Grab a ‘buddy’ - friend - group - and read this book ‘with them so that you will have the pleasure to discuss it. My poor husband! I’m chewing his ears off.

    JUST READ THIS BOOK - don’t miss it! But, you want to know a few things, right?

    For starters - There is no ‘EVE’ as a character in this story. There are no THREE DAUGHTERS.....not in the way the title might have you assume.

    So - why is this book called “The Three Daughter’s of Eve”? Well...AFTER, you read it - we can discuss it!

    The woman we ‘do’ follow in this story is named Peri.....from childhood in Istanbul to Oxford University. As a small child Peri listened to her parents fight often. Her mother, Selma, a Muslim, was religious and valued the Middle East culture and traditions. Selma felt her husband, Mensur, was righteous, arrogant, pompous, and pretentious. She hated that he looked down on centuries- old traditions.

    Peri was a very bright observant child. She knew that what her parents lacked in love, they made up in resentment.

    Along with her parents influence- and her brothers - Peri was formulating her own thoughts about life, relationships, religion, and identity. The points of view were extreme in her family — creating confusion for Peri. That confusion traveled with her to Oxford University.

    Peri’s was constantly uncertain when she arrived at Oxford. It’s a very interesting ‘center so-to-speak’ from which one lives life from. I can’t remember the last time I spent so much time thinking about “uncertainty”. I thought back to my own Freshman year in College —I, too, had an unconventional class that I’ll never forget — but not like Pari had with Professor Azur, who held a seminar on the question of God. Students in the class from various backgrounds with contradictory views.

    A ‘thought’ that Peri has early in the book at home with her family , was more of the same way of thinking she had when she first arrived at Oxford University.

    “There was something about a family row that resembled an impending avalanche: one wrong word and it threatened to turn into something so huge it brought down everyone”. I often thought back to this sentence — it’s so frightening to a child to watch parents fight - especially when you love them both - and think ‘both’ of their points of view have validity.

    Throughout this book — the way the story is told: from Istanbul 2016, present day: a ‘ha’ ...crazy adventure on the way to a party you won’t forget - and the party itself......... to ‘looking back’ on her years growing up —-and her college years with two other specific friends and a professor .....we see flaws - tragedies- haunted memories - and ongoing confusion from Peri.

    AND.....I THINK SHE IS A FASCINATING CHARACTER TO DISCUSS.....as a human being ——-and capturing an eye view of THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

    Themes...identity-beliefs, religions, Muslim/Turkish society/ Politics, friendships,family, East-Western conflict, morality, integrity, humanity .....

    ENJOYABLE- GREAT STORYTELLING- REFLECTIVE! -note....the last 30 or so pages might have your mind spinning with thoughts! Up to the last page ....you’ll be thinking about the ending long after.

    I want to Thank Bloomsbury Publishing for sending me this book.... PERFECT BOOK ....sooo satisfying...It was great to read over the Thanksgiving weekend before having surgery this coming week.

    A great thanks to Elif Shakak ....WOW! An author who can write! Such a treat!

  • Amira Mahmoud
  • Tammy

    Peri, our central character, is a native of Istanbul who has a close relationship with her secular, hard drinking father and a tense relationship with her devout Muslim mother. The novel begins as the adult Peri makes her way to an ostentatious dinner party with her sullen teenage daughter. En route they have a dangerous and potentially deadly encounter that causes Peri to reflect upon what she is capable of doing. The rest of the novel alternates between the dinner party, Peri’s childhood and y

    Peri, our central character, is a native of Istanbul who has a close relationship with her secular, hard drinking father and a tense relationship with her devout Muslim mother. The novel begins as the adult Peri makes her way to an ostentatious dinner party with her sullen teenage daughter. En route they have a dangerous and potentially deadly encounter that causes Peri to reflect upon what she is capable of doing. The rest of the novel alternates between the dinner party, Peri’s childhood and young adult years spent at university.

    At university, Peri meets and becomes friends with two women who could not be more different from each other or from Peri, herself. An incident occurs which profoundly affects Peri well into her adulthood. Peri is a complicated character given to pondering god and God among other things. Basically, she is a young woman trying to figure out her place in the world. This book is also about theism, atheism, fanaticism, feminism and terrorism. Whew! That’s a lot of ‘isms”.

    I couldn’t help but feel that in some places there were build ups to scenes that were abruptly abandoned. And, I was dissatisfied with the ending although I understood the point the author was trying to make. Nonetheless, I will read other books by Elif Shafak.

  • Sherif Metwaly
  • Cemre

    Gerek konusu gerek hakkındaki olumlu eleştiriler sebebiyle Havva'nın Üç Kızı'na heyecanla başladım. Sıkı bir Elif Şafak okuyucusu değilim, her kitabını okumadım henüz; ama rahat bir şekilde bu kitabın okuduğum Şafaklar içinde en iyisi olduğunu söylememin imkânı yok. Hatta belki en az tat aldığım kitabı bu oldu bile diyebilirim. Evet, kitap bir hayli sürükleyici, merakla okuyorsunuz; ama kitabı bitirdiğinizde pek çok şeyin eksik kaldığını hissediyorsunuz. Elif Şafak çok şey anlatayım istemiş, top

    Gerek konusu gerek hakkındaki olumlu eleştiriler sebebiyle Havva'nın Üç Kızı'na heyecanla başladım. Sıkı bir Elif Şafak okuyucusu değilim, her kitabını okumadım henüz; ama rahat bir şekilde bu kitabın okuduğum Şafaklar içinde en iyisi olduğunu söylememin imkânı yok. Hatta belki en az tat aldığım kitabı bu oldu bile diyebilirim. Evet, kitap bir hayli sürükleyici, merakla okuyorsunuz; ama kitabı bitirdiğinizde pek çok şeyin eksik kaldığını hissediyorsunuz. Elif Şafak çok şey anlatayım istemiş, toplumun kanayan yaralarının çoğundan bahsedeyim demiş; ama hiçbirini tam olarak anlatamamış. Ayrıca her kesimden insanı katayım romana derken bazı tipler biraz karikatürize edilmiş bana göre.

    Kitabı bitirdikten sonra şu sorularla boğuştuğumu söyleyebilirim:

    - Kitabın ismi,

    ; fakat biz kitap boyunca tek bir kadını okuyoruz, onu da tam olarak okuyamıyoruz diyebilirim. Nerede bu

    ?

    - Şirin kim tam olarak?

    - Peki ya Mona?

    - Kitabın arka konusuna bakınca Tanrı'ya dair tartışmaların kitabın bütününe yayıldığı izlenimini ediniyorsunuz; fakat bu adeta bir sos niyetine sunulmuş. Neden?

    - Kitabın ortalarında Peri, Şirin ve Mona üçlüsünü bir arada görüyoruz; fakat aralarında tam anlamıyla bir dostluk okumamız mümkün değil. Ne zaman bu kadar sıkı fıkı oldu bu birbirinden farklı üç kadın?

    - İdealist Peri neden bu kadar çabuk pes edip eğitimi yarıda bırakıp geri döndü?

    - Kitabın başında Peri ve kızıyla ilgili güzel bir başlangıç yapmıştık, neden yarım kaldı?

    - Umut? Ona ne oldu? Peki ya ailenin diğer fertlerine?

    Baba ve Piç'te okuyucusuna -bence- lezzetli bir

    sunuyordu Elif Şafak. Havva'nın Üç Kızı ise tam olarak bir

    tadı uyandırdı bende; ancak Elif Şafak bu çorbaya tuz atmayı unutmuş, tatsız tuzsuz, eksik bir şey çıkmış ortaya ne yazık ki. Ben en iyisi okumadığım kitaplarıyla yoluma devam edeyim...

  • Abrar Hani

    أنا أحب إليف كثيراً ، واعجابي بها ليس أدبياً فقط وأنما لأن رواياتها ترتبط بذكريات جميلة بالنسبة لي ، لهذا ربما اكون غالباً منحازة لها ، لكن الحق يُقال هذه الرواية ليست بالمستوى المتوقع ، ولم تتمكن إليف من تقديم شيء جديد .

    عندما تقرأ ما كُتب على الغلاف الخلفي وبالاضافة لعنوان الرواية ورسمة الغلاف حتماً سيتبادر لذهنك أن هناك ثلاث شخصيات رئيسية مختلفة التوجهات الدينية تتقاطع مصائرها معاً ، لكن عندما تقرأ الرواية لن تجد هذا فمثلاً شخصية منى المسلمة التي يُفترض أنها شخصية اساسية في الرواية لو سحبتها ت

    أنا أحب إليف كثيراً ، واعجابي بها ليس أدبياً فقط وأنما لأن رواياتها ترتبط بذكريات جميلة بالنسبة لي ، لهذا ربما اكون غالباً منحازة لها ، لكن الحق يُقال هذه الرواية ليست بالمستوى المتوقع ، ولم تتمكن إليف من تقديم شيء جديد .

    عندما تقرأ ما كُتب على الغلاف الخلفي وبالاضافة لعنوان الرواية ورسمة الغلاف حتماً سيتبادر لذهنك أن هناك ثلاث شخصيات رئيسية مختلفة التوجهات الدينية تتقاطع مصائرها معاً ، لكن عندما تقرأ الرواية لن تجد هذا فمثلاً شخصية منى المسلمة التي يُفترض أنها شخصية اساسية في الرواية لو سحبتها تماماً لما فقدت الرواية شيء ولما تأثرت القصة !

    اعترف حقاً انها لم تترك فرصة للملل من التسلل لروايتها رغم انها جاءت في 600 صفحة وكمية الحوارات البليغة والعميقة كانت رائعة جداً اقتبست الكثير منها اما اختلاف ميول الشخصيات وآرائها فاضاف تنوعاً جميلاً للرواية وطبعاً كعادتها فقد دست إليف كمية كبيرة من الاسماء المميزة في الادب والفن والتاريخ وعناوين للكتب ، ولكن رغم هذا شعرت أن الرواية ينقصها الكثير ، قصتها ضعيفة وكان هناك الكثير من التفاصيل والشخصيات التي لم اشعر أن هناك داعٍ لوجودها وكأنها ارادت فقط أن تحشو الرواية او تضاعف حجمها .

    اضافة الى أن هناك العديد من الاحداث المبهمة او المبتورة والتي لم تبدو منطقية او على الاقل يمكننا القول أنها ضعيفة الحجة .

    من الجميل أن يمتلك الكاتب لونه الخاص لكن بشرط أن يكون متجدداً فيه حتى لا يكرر ذاته ، واخشى أن إليف في هذه الرواية قد كررت ذاتها ، المسائل الروحانية ، الحب الآلهي والنظرة المحايدة للاديان لم تكن جديدة بالنسبة لها ولم التمس ذلك التطور الكبير في هذه الافكار .

    "لكل جوادٍ كبوة" ولعل هذه كبوتها ، ولو كانت الرواية تحمل اسم كاتب آخر لربما ما كنت سأكملها.

    اتركها بلا نجوم ليس لأنني أحب إليف ولهذا لا ارغب في ادراج تقييم منخفض لاحدى رواياتها بل لأن القيمة العاطفية التي ارتبطت بهذه الرواية تجبرني على أن اتركها كذكرى جميلة استمتعت بها جداً ، فهي بالنسبة لي ليست رواية بقدر ما هي مجموعة من المشاعر , وهذا امر لا يمكنني تقييمه أبداً .

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