I just started reading Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak. And i am loving every bit of it. Though the start was so ordinary and usual yet a promising one that it wont let the readers down. The selection and choice of words is simply beautiful and the writer sure knows how to play with words. She creates magic with her words intriguing the readers to read on. Elif gave an exquisite concept on "FATE" within a sentence <3 She portrayed Peris character in just and equal proportions depicting her as a "modern Muslim woman." Though, a Muslim modern woman is a whole new huge debatable and never ending topic. She amplified the sentences making it more appealing. The way she described Peri's activities in length made a very clear and vivid image in our minds.
The use of uncountable similes in the first few pages brings her words to life. She surely is a talented author who knows really well how to pen down her imaginations and sentiments probably better then that. For instance:
"Time. like a skillful tailor. had seamlessly stitched together the two fabrics that sheathed Peri's life."
And as we read on we learn about another very interesting trait in Peris character and that is her "love" for cleaning. And, cleaning not cleaning on the surface but cleaning the deepest pits from the roots. Another literary device she uses is of a metaphor which she uses for Istanbul when she calls it a "bloated goldfish" and somehow i feel that we humans share more or less the same psyche. Our lust for "MORE" never ends.
So, here we are introduced to one of the most famous cities of the world Istanbul. And like most of the authors the author did not show he city's beauty but more focused on the negative traits. Another extremely alluring simile she uses is
" Like a magic wand in the wrong hands"
Not going too far, jumping off to the right next paragraph,
" Madness, coursed through the city's streets, like an intoxicating drug in the bloodstream." This phrase was strong and had the strength and the power to make the reader stop for a moment and appreciate the amazing simile the writer just used.
"If enough eyes...............joke"~ that line made me perceive that everybody is "SUMMUN BUKMUN UMYUN" (deaf, blind and mute~ a very famous Arabic phrase). They follow the typical norms of the society and hardly anybody has their own meanings and opinions.
"Outside the sun was melting into the horizon"~ the word melting gives a helpless and a feeling of ending and hopelessness.