10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak- Our Review
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, ‘10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World’ is an incredibly powerful read.
Elif Shafak is a wonderfully gifted British-Turkish author who is the most widely read female author in Turkey.
Set in Istanbul and told through the memories of Leila. Each minute, ten minutes in fact, immediately after her death before the human mind has stopped working Leila remains in her body.
During this time, Leila is taken on a journey back through her life by different triggers; a thought, a scent, a memory or a sensation.
Each chapter is a profound marker, and it is through these moments we are given a raw insight into her story.
So vivid is the storytelling, one is transported to the streets of Istanbul completely struck by Leila and the instrumental gaggle of friends she has made along the way.
A wonderful story that brings out the power of shared humanity- that gender, race, class, religion and culture are all but barriers in our society, waiting to be broken down.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books