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Selected filters. Shafak the non-fiction writer, the mother to be and then the post-partum diagnosed new mother is something I cannot comment on. It just happens and you deal with it, one way or another. There's no solution she gives for overcoming depression, but there's her own experience to help.

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And then, my favourite, Shafak the researcher, the scholar. While baffled whether it is indeed the right time to become a mother or if she will ever be a good one and a good writer at the same time, she started taking examples from the literary world, successful women writers who either chose not to have children, or had some and successfully managed being mothers and writers, plus others who abandoned them or couldn't have them.

View 1 comment. Aug 22, Andrea Paterson rated it it was ok Shelves: postpartum-depression , pppss-interest , pregnancy-parenting , memoir-biography. I'm pretty luke warm about this book. While some of it is insightful I'm finding it often ridiculous. The "harem" of voices that Elif battles with while she debates the issue of whether it is possible to be both a writer and a mother comes across as silly, which undermines the seriousness of her investigation. I can see using aspects of the self in order to stage internal debates, but I would argue that Shafak takes the trope too far.

Her voices are given literal bodies and are presumed to physi I'm pretty luke warm about this book. Her voices are given literal bodies and are presumed to physically exist in the context of this book. Shafak outlines a scene where her internal "finger-women", all just a few inches high, accost her while she's out walking and she worries that the fisherman will see them or a cat will eat them. I was highly distracted by these fanciful imaginings and it made the book read like a child's fairy tale rather than a serious look at postpartum depression.

Her tiny selves pop up out of nowhere like Disney side-kicks and I kept imagining them as brightly rendered cartoon people. I would have liked to see a less whimsical approach to what was a life-altering series of decisions and experiences in Shafak's life--take out the finger-women and this might have been a really useful book. View all 4 comments. Feb 28, Sawsan rated it liked it. View all 6 comments.

Aug 09, Eslam Abd Elghany rated it really liked it Shelves: memories , favorites , non-fiction , sufism , psychology , thought , romance , auto-biography , my-best-friends , non-defined. May 29, Yelda Basar Moers rated it it was amazing Shelves: turkish-fiction , spiritual-memoir , spirituality , memoir. She writes novels in both English and Turkish, something that Orhan Pamuk should attempt, as it is hard enough to write a novel in one language, writing one in a language that is not your mother language is quite a challenge.

We are not all multilinguists like Joseph Conrad. Shafak was heavily pregnant when she faced a prison sentence for the words of one of her characters in her highly acclaimed novel The Bastard of Istanbul. Apparently, the female character made a reference to the killings of Armenians almost a hundred years ago, calling it a genocide, a taboo term in the Turkish culture.

Turkey denies that there was such a systematic killing. And in a time of war, it claims that many Turks were massacred too. The issue is still a sore spot for Turks and Armenians. When I saw her new memoir Black Milk on display at my neighborhood bookstore, I purchased it without any forethought, so entranced I was by her work.

I had read another novel by Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love, exploring Sufism and the life of the mystic poet Rumi, who lived in central Anatolia in the thirteenth century. Shafak writes of this struggle with the mind of a literary writer but in a style all her own—an utterly refreshing down-to-earth candor. Her story begins with a life altering conversation over a cup of tea. Shafak is invited to the home of a famous Turkish novelist. The woman, who is now in her eighties, confronts her with the choice of motherhood and the writing life after revealing that she herself had forsaken children for the pursuit of writing.

Shafak begins to dwell on the subject, and it is at this conjunction that her harem of finger-women make their debut. Each is a different facet of Shafak, ranging from the ambitious professional to the pure motherly figure. And they can be happy. The key is time management.


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An artist needs to be ambitious and passionate. You breathe your art twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. For the most part the bickering and power struggle between them are engaging and believable. However, at times when they are driving her crazy, they are driving the reader crazy as well. Such a woman is consumed with household chores, cooking, ironing and tending to young childen. How could such a woman ever write? In our day and age, most women have had careers before motherhood.

How are they to simply forget their own aspirations, their thinking, working being, and instead, tend to the needs of a small child? Shafak refers to the Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing, who was highly critical of the manner in which capable women changed after birth. Happy domesticated for a while, Lessing believed that sooner or later, these women became restless, demanding, and even neurotic. Giving the book five stars, which I believe it deserves, I must make a disclaimer that there are parts that fall short: the thumbelinas sometimes drone on, the bios on female writers fail to tie in with the writer herself.

I would have enjoyed Shafak sharing with the reader how these writers shaped her as a writer and thinker. Also, the narrative sometimes reads like a journal, a hodgepodge of topics mixed together, its continuity lost as we switch from artist bios to the thumbelinas, to her writing life to her personal life.

And most importantly, one of the most compelling issues she faces, her postpartum depression, is only discussed at the end of the book during this time she loses her ambition and cannot write for eight months ; the trial is only mentioned in passing.

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How can they both co-exist? She is witty and entertaining. Her ideas are bold, inspirational, brilliant, and universal. Any woman can take her golden nuggets of wisdom, but writer-mothers can especially take great comfort from her musings and conclusions. View all 5 comments. May 08, Sara rated it it was ok. I loved parts of this book, when she writes about well-known authors and their experiences with motherhood and identity, but the finger-women thing never came together for me.

I couldn't take it seriously, and accepting it as a metaphor seemed too obvious. There was no moment of realization, just a clear sense that Shafak decided to make the parts of herself into tiny people to show her internal conflicts. I want to find that clever, but it's far too simple. View all 8 comments.

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Aug 03, Raghda Shabarek rated it really liked it. I realized a very important thing;THAT not only women in middle east suffer from masculinity environment,In this world where girls are discouraged from developing their individuality and are taught that their primary role in life is to be a good wife and mother. A book that every ambitious woman need it in order to know being successful -unsurprisingly- required a lot of bravery and determining.

Jun 02, Resh The Book Satchel rated it really liked it. Loved this book. It couldv'e been a favourite read BUT There are alternative selves of Elif in the book namely some little women with different names; one is motherly, one is cynical, one is practical and ambitious etc.

Which is funny since the whole book revolves around these women through which we understand the thoughts in Elif's head. I hated them so much. But I loved ALL aspects of the rest of the book. Thoughts on writing, motherhood, societal expectations of women Loved this book. Thoughts on writing, motherhood, societal expectations of women, the fear of not fitting in, the fear of not being enough etc. And I loved the various women she wrote about Tolstoy's wife, Zela Fitzgerald etc.


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It was so enlightening. I'd recommend the book. But be warned those little women may or may not appeal to you. Dec 29, Andra rated it really liked it Shelves: autobio-journal. I have two things to say about this lovely book - first: it inspires you to read more, so whenever you are lacking in inspiration regarding what to read next, this gives you a few ideas, and second: this woman gave her antidepressants to her plants : Can't wait to make time for her other books.

Before reading this book, I found it puzzling how people who were neither mothers or writers recommended it. After all, it's a book on motherhood and writing, how much could they possibly relate? But as I started reading I realized this was a book for anyone who has different aspects to their personality, which is to say everyone. How to reconcile your different inner voices, each with its own distinctive calling. You want to build a career, you want to have a family, you don't want to lose your Before reading this book, I found it puzzling how people who were neither mothers or writers recommended it.

You want to build a career, you want to have a family, you don't want to lose your spiritual perspective to the feverish race of surviving in an increasingly materialistic world, yet sometimes you crave indulging the little consumerist inside you, but not at the expense of your deeper self. Shafak's journey towards the reconciliation of her different inner voices, or Thumbelinas as she called them, is a great example of the struggle that could be.

I think the moral of the book is: You don't have to be either one or the other. You can be all of them at once, because they're inseparable, they all infuse and blend to make you who you are. As with all Shafak's books, the pages teem with imagination, despite being an auto-biography, which is inspiring in and of itself. She also mentioned the stories of several women writers, and it was nice to get to know so much about all of them, yet it made me think that reading about the ups and downs in the lives of these women and their turbulent relationships with their children or husbands might give the impression that writing is to blame for that.

Of course writing was an essential part of their lives and their struggles, but I would say that had they chosen any other vocation, it would probably have been the same, because it's a question of attitude and personality, not of being a writer or not, something which Elif Shafak proves herself by the end of the book.

This book has lots of awesome quotes. But it was not the right book for me to read right now, I was just not in the mood and could not really relate to her struggles with marriage and pregnancy blues etc Jun 06, Nihad Nour rated it it was amazing Shelves: feminism. When I read that this book is about motherhood, a subject that's the least of my preferable, I hesitated for a while.

But being it by Elif, I decided that as a loyal fan, I should read it. And to my surprise, I found it more relatable than I expected, filled with the writer's personal experiences, and her change of mind and heart, in addition to the mini biographies of many authoresses and poetesses, I found myself in every page of this book. I believe that this book is an important read not onl When I read that this book is about motherhood, a subject that's the least of my preferable, I hesitated for a while. I believe that this book is an important read not only for writeresses, but for women who try to find the balance in their lives between the internal and external worlds, and all what's in between.

Mar 25, Shweta Ganesh Kumar rated it it was amazing. Elif Shafak is now one of my favourite writers. Through Black Milk, she takes us through her journey of postpartum depression interspersed with wonderfully written diversions to her Self - a mini-harem of six different versions of her and also to the lives of women writers spanning ages and continents. I'd highly recommend this book for women writers irrespective of their views on motherhood.

This book despite its reason for creation is a feast to be devoured for those interested in reading about Elif Shafak is now one of my favourite writers. This book despite its reason for creation is a feast to be devoured for those interested in reading about those who paved the roads today we now take baby-steps on. A Must read! Oct 28, Cricket rated it did not like it Shelves: , glorified-rubbish , nonfiction. I have two main problems with this book: it's disingenuous and it overgeneralizes.

Overgeneralizations Elif Shafak really, really loves to tell you about how all writers are. Or maybe it's just how women writers are. They're recluses. They don't get along with other writers. They don't actually think about things like symbolism and motifs. If she was speaking just about herself, I might give her a pass and say, "Okay, so she doesn't think about literary elements as she writes.

I probably won't wan I have two main problems with this book: it's disingenuous and it overgeneralizes. I probably won't want to read her works, but that's just me. But no. Every woman writer is the same. None of us think about themes and motifs. None of us like talking to other woman writers.