The Architect’s Apprentice — Elif Shafak

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Set in 16th-century Istanbul , this is a story of a boy, his master and his elephant.  When Jahan’s elephant is given to the sultan as a gift, he follows it, unable to part with his much-loved pet. And it is through the elephant that Jahan meets the sultan’s daughter and his master, the celebrated architect Mimar Sinan who recruits Jahan as his fourth apprentice.

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Set in 16th-century Istanbul , this is a story of a boy, his master and his elephant.  When Jahan’s elephant is given to the sultan as a gift, he follows it, unable to part with his much-loved pet. And it is through the elephant that Jahan meets the sultan’s daughter and his master, the celebrated architect Mimar Sinan who recruits Jahan as his fourth apprentice. This fascinating city, its wars, plagues and evolution serves as a backdrop for the story of Jahan: his love for the sultan’s daughter; his guidance from two strong father figures in his life and his ultimate passage to adulthood. But also, on a simpler level, this is a story of the love between a boy and his elephant.

 

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