Title: Honour
Authors: Shafak, Elif
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 342
Year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books
Language: English
Description: When Pembe and Adem Toprak migrate to London from Turkey in the 1970s, it is not just their children who accompany them but also the Turkish and Kurdish traditions of many generations. As they adjust to their new life as immigrants, a family crisis unfolds and the challenge of upholding these beliefs in a Western setting reaches breaking point.

Multiple narrators present this powerful story of faith and love, examining the resulting family tragedy with compassion and cultural insight.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This is the best book I've read in a long time. I loved everything about it, the writing style, the characters and the setting."

"This book raises important issues regarding multi-culturalism."

"This would be a good book for those interested in learning more about Turk/Kurd cultures and the impact of migration on different types of society."

"A very topical book even though it's set in the 1970s; it could be the 2010s."

"Fantastic read that will encourage a lot of discussion."

"The book is a quick read with the story unfolding gradually. You do need to pay attention as it is sometimes out of sequence and narrated by several of the main characters."

"The characters are interesting and likeable. The Turkish/Kurdish background, with very patriarchal beliefs and values, is unusual and adds further interest."

"An excellent book to discuss."
Categories: Fiction, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Family Saga, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Religion, Social commentary/perspectives, Tragedy/disaster, England, Turkey, 2019 Titles


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