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The Flea Palace Paperback – April 1, 2007
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'...you do need to take special notice of this multi-populated, enchanting work set in delapidated flats dominated by an over-powering stench. It is wonderful...The palace is a block of 10 flats, and this traces its history and the lives of the residents, covering a lot of ground in a fascinating text that really impressed me. It is going to sell.' -- Sarah Broadhurst, The Bookseller 22 April 2005
'Every now and again an absolute gem of a novel arrives and is tragically ignored by all and sundry. The Flea Palace is one such book. I rate it as highly as The Shadow of the Wind and am on a personal crusade to encourage as many people as possible to read it this year.' -- Scott Pack, Waterstone's
...this novel takes off into a hyperactive, hilarious trip, with farce, passion, mystery and many sidelights on Turkey's past. -- The Independent, 17 June 2005
Ms Shafak is well set to challenge Mr Pamuk as Turkey's foremost contemporary novelist.' -- The Economist
take notice of this enchanting work set in delapidated flats dominated by an over-powering stench. It is wonderful... -- The Bookseller, 22 April 2005
From the Back Cover
Shafak uses the narrative structure of A Thousand and One Nights to construct a story-within-a-story, as the mystery of the apartments' stolen garbage is considered from a variety of perspectives. There is the narrator, a womanizing, raki-swilling academic with a penchant for Kierkegaard; Hygiene Tijen, the 'clean freak', and her lice-ridden daughter Su; madly flamboyant Ethel, a lapsed Jew in search of true love, and the charmingly naive Blue Mistress whose personal secret is just one of many hidden within the confines of the building. Add to this a strange, intensifying stench, the cause of which is revealed at the end of the book, and we have a metaphoric conduit for the cultural and spiritual decay at the heart of Istanbul.
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Top Customer Reviews
The garbage is the connector , and we -readers- come across the inhabitants of the Bonbon Palace through different chapters and situations. It is possible to gather that the inhabitants in some way are like the building , they are very special in their idiosyncrasy and psychology. As reader we know some pieces of information because we have the knowledge of a previous chapter and some words connect people and situations.
I really recommend to read this book if we are following Elif Shafak- It is easy to read and not easy to put aside !!!
I'm quite surprised as it seemed so different from her other books.