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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Gaze by Elif Shafak. Brendan Freely Translator. In her prize-wining novel, The Gaze , Shafak explores the subject of body image and desirability.
An overweight woman and her lover, a dwarf, are sick of being stared at wherever they go, and decide to reverse roles. The man goes out wearing make up, and the woman draws a moustache on her face. The couple deal with the gaze of passers by in different ways. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Istanbul Turkey. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about The Gaze , please sign up. Farah Tarek yes i am reading it now …more yes i am reading it now less. See 1 question about The Gaze…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Gaze. After reading about 20 pages of the novel, while you're confused and searching for everything you begin to understand that you're in capable hands. The only thing you should do is sit "This is a world of spectacles, About seeing and being seen.
The only thing you should do is sit and "See" and let the book unravel the story for you. The main part of the story is about such a tangible, common yet utterly intricate matter seeing and being seen. However, the author doesn't take the easy way to tell it. The book is compromised of two entirely different stories which become as a whole by the end of it. The ideas of time, seeing and being watched are treated as if they are breakable toys ; delicately and playfully. The most challenging parts of this great novel for me were the parts that I had to put the book down and take a deep breath and remind myself that this is a story, real life is even worse.
We all judge people, we all see and interpret based on the troubles that we have suffered. But, that doesn't make it anymore justified.
Do I look at people? Do I enjoy it? When I try to see the unseen. Do I like being watched? Ask these questions from yourselves and I hope that you as well as me would try to lessen the damage inflicted on others by simply looking at them. Sep 13, Philippa rated it really liked it Shelves: turkey , books-i-own. Facts and fiction intermingle in this book which is relatively short, only pages, but is so packed with wonderful things that it feels like a much longer read.
The build-up of the book is quite odd, because you feel like it starts in medias res, i. The story goes round in a circle, and ends up at pretty much the same point where it started. At some point it looks like the separate stories are beginning to overlap, but this is only briefly hinted at and not pursued any further.
The main message that the book carries out, in my opinion, is that everyone is judged by their outward appearance to some extent. It is something that is so inherently human that we can never break free from it completely. What I like about the book is that it forces the reader to think long and hard about prejudices, and the easy manner with which we pass judgement on other people.
The most important thing to remember is that sometimes actions speak louder than words and that one look, one gaze can be enough to hurt someone beyond belief. Dec 24, Sohaib rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , reads. All of our troubles, worries, obsessions, our happiness and our memories Fed up with how people look at them whenever they go out, the couple, an obese woman and her "Our lives are based on seeing and being seen.
Fed up with how people look at them whenever they go out, the couple, an obese woman and her dwarf man, decide to start going out in disguise and reverse roles in adherence to the much vexing eyes of the world.
The dwarf also decides to compose a Dictionary of Gazes in which he defines words based on looking and seeing and the visible and the invisible. Predictably or unpredictably? The narrative is fragmented into separate stories that delve into the gaze concept, focusing on characters with unique mythic circumstances that revolve around seeing and being seen—how a passive act such as seeing can alter our perception and understanding of those around us, and, more importantly, of ourselves.
Although I admit I've found the language irksome at times—probably because of the translation—and got bored with it, I recommend this book. The presentation of the gaze concept in the couple is original, thought-provoking and heartfelt. View all 3 comments. Feb 25, Kumar Anshul rated it did not like it. No, I didn't finish this book. I abandoned it. And this has happened for the 1st time as I never abandon a book in the mid no matter what but this was going beyond my wits.
And what makes me more surprised that I "adore" Elif Shafak. I don't want to review the book as I feel that too is a severe waste of time. Stay away from this if you want to maintain your sanity. View all 7 comments. Dec 14, Rima added it. Some novels are better left "unseen"! View 2 comments. Jan 29, Books.
Before starting to review this book, I'd like to ask a question? Do you look at people? Do you enjoy it? Do you like being looked at? Well, let me answer these questions for you. Yes, I look at people. Yes, sometimes I enjoy it, it's like exploring something new, looking at them, getting inside their heads, looks or shapes and deciphering their feelings and emotions.
And no, I don't like it when people look at me in a certain way, as if there's something wrong with me, but if it's to admire my l Before starting to review this book, I'd like to ask a question? And no, I don't like it when people look at me in a certain way, as if there's something wrong with me, but if it's to admire my looks or whatever I'm doing, then yes, I like being looked at. The story of The Gaze explores the inner feelings of people that enjoy looking at people who are somehow different from us, or that's what we tell ourselves to give our conscious an excuse to look.
That's a huge problem, it's ruining our society in so many ways. We actually do it without noticing the deed itself. So they decide to disguise themselves wearing makeup dwarf and a moustache F A T T Y in order to go outside and have fun. But are they really themselves? Memis is also different from the others, and what had caused him to be lonely and live in pain is the look of his eyes.
So he thought of addressing the eyes of the people that he lacked. Within the story itself, we have some entries of words from a dictionary, a different kind of dictionary.
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It was first published in Turkey in The novel consists of four separated, but coherent and interrelated parts that are split according to the place and the age where each independent story occurs. Each part may include different characters and narrator. The stories explore the philosophy of "gaze" , in which characters may either gaze or become the subjects to be gazed and the fundamental differences between the perspectives of male and female. Soon after B-C and the narrator meet, they become lovers and live together.
Mahrem by Elif Safak
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