Book Review: Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

Three Daughters of Eve
Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak (Published by Bloomsbury USA in 2017)

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Three Daughters of Eve is an ambitious and multilayered novel that explores the feeling of being caught in between the tensions that plague the modern era – between traditionalism and modernity, between religiosity and secularism, between East and West – and the consequences of being ideologically unmoored in a polarized world. While Three Daughters of Eve succeeds in scaling down these lofty ideas into the ways they shape the everyday life of the protagonist, it also uses the rest of its characters as caricatures of these ideas, turning moments of potentially genuine connection into staged battlegrounds where the clash between dichotomies can play out. The result is the reinforcement of such dichotomies rather than their dismantling. Despite that, I enjoyed the novel for the author’s skill in evoking time and place, and her depiction of the modern existential crisis.

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First Line Friday #1 | Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

First Line Friday

Hi everyone! I’m really having fun with these book memes lately. This one is hosted by Hoarding Books, and all you have to do is post the first line of the book nearest to you, or any book you’re reading.

The one I decided to post about today was a book I got from the remainders table in a book sale, and I bought it on impulse just based on the first line. You’ll see what I mean. 🙂


Three Daughters of Eve

by Elif Shafak

Three Daughters of Eve

First Line

It was an ordinary spring day in Istanbul, a long and leaden afternoon like so many others, when she discovered, with a hollowness in her stomach, that she was capable of killing someone.

Intriguing, right? I’m really excited to read this! I’m one chapter in and I have high hopes that this’ll be a good one.

Also, belated congratulations to Ms. Shafak, since her latest novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year. Hopefully I can get a copy of that after reading Three Daughters of Eve.


Do you have any book on your TBR with a great opening line? Let me know in the comments, or head over here to see other first lines posted for this week!

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