The Gaze [Elif Shafak] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ‘I didn’t say anything. I didn’t return his smiles. I looked at him in the wide mirror in. From award-winning writer Elif Shafak, the Orange Prize long-listed author of The Forty Rules of Love and The Architect’s Apprentice, The Gaze is a humorous. Turkish Title: Mahrem. ‘I didn’t say anything. I didn’t return his smiles. I looked at him in the wide mirror in front of where I was sitting. He grew uncomfortable and.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Gaze Elif Shafak, Author ; trans. Because of gxze suffering in a newly modern society where appearances are of supreme importance, Efendi develops an ability to see what others cannot; he resolves to create a theater of spectacles in the city of Pera under a cherry-colored tent where the ugliest creatures will be displayed.

Each part may include different characters and narrator. It is a weird book, the story is divided into small parts, scattered among a long timeline.

The historical stories are written in linear mode, well, and easy to read. Everything is teh over. Even though I gave the book only 3 stars, I am definitely going to read some other books by her.

Got few other stories besides, and didn’t really feel I got to know either of the main characters until near the end.

Memis is also different from the others, and what had caused him to be lonely and live in pain is the look of his eyes. She was so fat that wherever she went, people would stop whatever they were doing and stare at her. About differences and the human condition when it comes to dealing with the differences.


The main message that the book carries out, in my opinion, is that everyone is judged by their outward appearance to some extent. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To make a statement, the man in turn then goes out wearing makeup and the woman in turn draws a mustache on her face. Flifin the blink of an eye, I I’ve read this book during almost two months. Try and walk in the shoes of beauty.

Book Review: The Gaze by Elif Shafak

Like a breath that you take when you got kindda familiar with one story that you are involved-reading,, For example I like that fat woman most, that’s why I read the other parts faster as to get to pieces together which ll place a whole story of the fat woman and her absurd-like lover: At some point shafaak looks like the separate stories are beginning to overlap, but this is only briefly hinted at and not pursued any further.

Jul 29, Datsun rated it it was ok.

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It is composed of three stories, set in three different times, all exploring the subject of body image and desirability. Unfortunately, B-C decides to write a Dictionary of Gaze, and the narrator feels that she is being neglected while the Dictionary of the Gaze becomes the first thing in B-C’s mind. Nothing is left the way it is, the way nature intended it to be. The couple lives in Turkey and that is where the action takes place. Learn how and when to remove these template messages.

The prejudices are laid out the way they are and the reader is forced to think about them, also maybe ask the difficult question: Feb 25, Kumar Anshul rated it did not like it.


These thoughts were about identity, love of a different kind, of wanting to be accepted and at the same time wanting for the world to leave you alone with your loved one.

The Gaze by Elif Shafak

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Do you like being looked at? He creates the dictionary based on incidents and movies. The narrative is fragmented into separate stories that delve into the gaze concept, focusing on characters with unique mythic circumstances that revolve around seeing and being seen—how a passive act such as seeing can alter our perception and understanding of those around us, and, more importantly, of ourselves.

This is where it all begins and almost where it all ends.

Book Review: The Gaze by Elif Shafak | Of Books and Reading

It talks about ugliness as though it’s the most natural thing and “Adam and Eve: Within the story itself, we have some entries of words from a dictionary, a different kind of dictionary.

The novel is divided in 2 parts: Do you work in the book industry? Be the first to discover new talent! I will agree that at some points I was on the urge to leave the book in the middle but whafak the end of the book I was completely shaak in the book. This page was last edited on 4 Aprilat