Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak

The Architect’s Apprentice By Elif Shafak

(Goodreads | Amazon)

Published – March 31st 2015

The Bastard of Istanbul was the first book I read that was written by Elif Shafak and I loved it. It was a complete page turner for me, I could totally relate to the characters in one way or the other. So I jumped into this book with high expectations.

I wouldn’t say that book disappointed me but it didn’t blow me away like the other book either. May be it isn’t a good thing to compare two books?

The Architect’s Apprentice follows a boy who moves from India who travels all the way to Istanbul with his white elephant which is a gift to the Sultan. I really enjoyed the way the author describes the early relationship between the elephant tamer and the elephant and how they grow up together and learn things from each other. However, I feel like towards the end as the book progresses this took backstage.

The book highlights some of the architectural and trade aspects of the region during the 1500s which I felt like were too modern for that time in some aspects but I haven’t had the chance to go back and verify, I would recommend to do a fact check and learn more if architecture interests you.

There was some beautiful writing in the book which was thought provoking and I completely enjoyed. My favorite was,

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy

When I think back, I liked the characters of the book, each were unique in their own way and well defined but I I couldn’t feel the connect, I just could not turn pages as easily and excitedly and it took a long time to finish. This was especially true after one particular twist in the plot, may it isn’t even a twist because you could see it coming (trying not to give away spoilers) and I felt like everything else was just stated as a matter of fact and writing was bland towards the end.

I enjoyed the book, but this is not a book I will highly recommend or re-read. It is good for a fun and relaxed read.

Rating – ♥♥♥ / 5

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak

  1. I understand what you mean. This book was not as great as other Elif Shafak’s books. I left the read when I had only a few pages left. Which reminds me that I should finish it soon. I am a fan of Shafak and loved Gaze and Bastard of Istanbul. This book was not as impressive, though not a bad read either.

    You have a lovely website. I saw in your About me page that you were not a booknerd and became one as an adult. That was lovely to know. Which book(s) made you fall in love with reading? Do you remember?

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    1. I somehow connected to Asya and Zeliha more than I could connect with Jahan! Although I adored Chota…

      Some of the early books that had a deep impact on me were – The Nightingale, The Kite Runner and The Orphan Keeper

      These stories made me think about some topics which I wouldn’t have thought about before! I remember having long discussions with my husband after reading books that I completely adored and enjoyed and that I wanted more of those book and discussions 😀

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