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THE ISLAND OF THE MISSING TREES BY ELIF SHAFAK (BOOK REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION)

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Today I shall review The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. I was actually gifted this book. What a wonderful present it proved to be! Published in 2021, this postmodern  novel  follows two  story lines and uses framed narration.  The Island of Missing Trees  tells the life story of a Greek Turkish couple and their adolescent daughter.  This novel examines and explores a number of topics such as identity, migration, immigrant life, war trauma, memory, love and family. It's an ambitious novel that examines serious topics with due respect and sensitivity . I read it months ago, but I remember it vividly. Honestly, I cried a lot while reading this novel. It really moved me greatly. In fact, that is probably why it took me this long to finish this book review. I needed to emotionally process the story.   The Island of Missing Trees is   set in London and Cyprus. The narration isn't chronological .  The story jumps back and forth, following two main timelines, one set in moder

THE LITTLE PRINCE, A NOVELLA BY ANTOINE DE SAINT- EXUPERY (BOOK REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION)

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 In this post, I shall review  The Little Prince (   Le Petit Prince) , a novella by  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry .   Published in 1943,  The Little Prince became  Antoine's most successful and best known work. In many ways,  The Little Prince is  a labour of love.  This world renown novella is what Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a   French aristocrat, writer, and military pilot is best known for. Antoine had quite an interesting and eventful life!  The Little Prince  contains some autobiographical elements. It might be what adds that special something to it. The writer included both his personal experience and meditations in it. Moreover, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry laboured hard over this little novella, aiming for and reaching literary perfection.  Supposedly, the author would cross out whole pages of  The Little Prince  to leave just one sentence, resulting in a poignant and poetic prose this novella is known for. Moreover,  The Little Prince   was not only written but also illustrated b