The Architect's Apprentice

The Architect's Apprentice

Book - 2015
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"From the acclaimed author of The Bastard of Istanbul, a colorful, magical tale set during the height of the Ottoman Empire. In her latest novel, Turkey's preeminent female writer spins an epic tale spanning nearly a century in the life of the Ottoman Empire. In 1540, twelve-year-old Jahan arrives in Istanbul. As an animal tamer in the sultan's menagerie, he looks after the exceptionally smart elephant Chota and befriends (and falls for) the sultan's beautiful daughter, Princess Mihrimah. A palace education leads Jahan to Mimar Sinan, the empire's chief architect, who takes Jahan under his wing as they construct (with Chota's help) some of the most magnificent buildings in history. Yet even as they build Sinan's triumphant masterpieces-the incredible Suleymaniye and Selimiye mosques-dangerous undercurrents begin to emerge, with jealousy erupting among Sinan's four apprentices. A memorable story of artistic freedom, creativity, and the clash between science and fundamentalism, Shafak's intricate novel brims with vibrant characters, intriguing adventure, and the lavish backdrop of the Ottoman court, where love and loyalty are no match for raw power"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2015
ISBN: 9780525427971
Branch Call Number: FIC SHA
Characteristics: 424 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 29, 2017

Amazing story. Careful with the details, without overwhelming us, the author opens a window in time and let us see the beauty of Istanbul, while celebrating Friendship and Life. Amazing writer.

Mar 26, 2016

A beautifully written story. I enjoyed it immensely.

Jan 02, 2016

A fascinating story of Turkish culture in the time of Suleiman. Very well written, a good storyline, and historically enlightening.

May 25, 2015

An engrossing tale for fans of elephants, architecture, and the 16th century.

May 06, 2015

This is a wonderful book. Elif Shafak has captured the essance of what life in the court of the Sultan of the Ottoman Turks of the 15th century when it was at its epoch. Its also a love story about young Indian boy his elephant and an elusive princess. Set in the era when a number of the great buildings and mosques of Instanbul were designed and built the story will draw you in to its intrigues and a time of wonder

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May 06, 2015

ll58057 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over


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