Recently I was given the opportunity to review Honor by Elif Shafak. Ever since I was little I have loved reading. I love reading all Genres, I love getting lost in the story I am reading and I have rarely came across a book I did not like.
I was very much looking forward to reading Honour.
The back of the book states:
‘My Mother died twice. I promised myself I would not let her story be forgotten….’
‘Pembe and Adem Toprak leave Turkey for London. There they make new lives for their family. Yet the traditions and beliefs of their home come with them – carried in the blood of their children, Iskender and Esma. Trapped by past mistakes, the Toprak children find their lives torn apart an transformed by a brutal and chilling crime’
‘Set in Turkey and London in the 1970’s. Honour explores pain and loss, loyalty and betrayal, the clash of tradition and modernity, as well as the love and heartbreak that can tear any family apart.’
Honour Book Review
I really enjoyed reading this book. However I did find it confusing at first with the skipping between characters and time zones. The book became easier to follow once I got to know the characters.
The first chapter ends with Esma telling us that her brother is a murderer. I liked the fact that this book had a bit of a mystery to it. It made me wonder more about her brother and how he came to being a murderer.
I found the culture and religion of the characters of great interest and it is one that differs so much from my own. It also made me realised just how difficult it is for people from different backgrounds to come to the UK and fit in.
The focus on Honour also had me intrigued. I found it interesting that when Esma’s Dad left the home and had an affair, nothing was done about it. However when Esma’s Mother, Pembe, fell in love with another man, she was the one in the wrong, she had dishonoured her family and brought shame upon them all.
I felt that the end of the book was a bit rushed. It left me with so many questions in my head. I felt, needed to be answered. I would have loved to read more about Esma as a child and also Iskender as to what really ticked in his head to commit a murder.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from the author.
Disclaimer: I did not receive any money for writing this post. The book was sent to me by Britmums as part of their Bookclub. I did get to keep the book. All views and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated. This post also contains an affiliate link. This means if you buy the book through that link, I receive a small amount. This does not effect the price you pay.
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