The Island of Missing Trees

by Elif Shafak | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780241988725 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Beryl_Be on 9/29/2023
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2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Beryl_Be on Friday, September 29, 2023
Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. In the taverna, hidden beneath garlands of garlic, chili peppers and creeping honeysuckle, Kostas and Defne grow in their forbidden love for each other. A fig tree stretches through a cavity in the roof, and this tree bears witness to their hushed, happy meetings and eventually, to their silent, surreptitious departures. The tree is there when war breaks out, when the capital is reduced to ashes and rubble, and when the teenagers vanish. Decades later, Kostas returns. He is a botanist looking for native species, but really, he’s searching for lost love.

Years later a Ficus carica grows in the back garden of a house in London where Ada Kazantzakis lives. This tree is her only connection to an island she has never visited - her only connection to her family’s troubled history and her complex identity as she seeks to untangle years of secrets to find her place in the world.

Journal Entry 2 by Beryl_Be at Riddik Cafe in Templestowe Lower, Victoria Australia on Thursday, June 20, 2024

Released 1 mo ago (6/21/2024 UTC) at Riddik Cafe in Templestowe Lower, Victoria Australia


Left at Riddik cafe.

Journal Entry 3 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe Lower, Victoria Australia on Monday, June 24, 2024
Caught today at Riddik.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmarmee463wing at Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Monday, July 1, 2024
This is extraordinary storytelling, with great characters. Elif Shafak writes of pain and heartbreak through the prism of hope, renewal and healing...

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