The Architect’s Apprentice By Elif Shafak
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
Follow me on social media: