Harvard Club of Georgia Book Club - November
Book: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds In This Strange World by Elif Shafak
In ordinary times, we take turns meeting at member homes and share food and drink. In COVID times, we meet by zoom.
“10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World” tells the story of Tequila Leila, an Istanbul prostitute. The novel’s title and firstn half describe the last moments of Leila’s consciousness as she crosses from life into death. When the book begins, Leila’s heart has already stopped beating, but her thoughts sputter on: “People thought you changed into a corpse the instant you exhaled your last breath. But things were not clear-cut like that. Just as there were countless shades between jet black and brilliant white, so there were multiple stages of this thing called ‘eternal rest.’ If a border existed between the Realm of Life and the Realm of Afterlife, Leila decided, it must be as permeable as sandstone.” –The New York Times
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