The Gaze By Elif Shafak – A Book Review

The Gaze by Elif Shafak

Introduction of The Gaze By Elif Shafak

‍‍‍The Gaze is a novel which is written by Turkish writer Elif Shafak and its publication occurred in Turkey in 1999 with Turkish title “Mahrem” and was translated into English in 2006 and won the prize of the best novel by Turkish Writers Association.

‍‍‍While going through the pages of The Gaze by Elif Shafak, the generality of thoughts and perceptions paved it’s root to my mind, these perceptions were about, self-hood, love of a different kind, of hankering to be accepted and believed, and at the same space of time wanting for the world to leave you alone with your beloved one.

The Gaze is the book that’ll make you believe in the philosophy of seeing and being seen.

The general idea of The Gaze by Elif Shafak

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍The Gaze by Elif Shafak, consists of four separated, but orderly and interrelated stories confined into one. One about a couple – an obese woman and her lover B-C a dwarf who are fade up of people’s gazes and want to alter things for themselves. B-C (dwarf) the lover of the narrator and they are frequently gazed by the surrounding because of their reversed physical appearance. B-C is addicted to writing the Dictionary of Gazes. They are pissed off by the strange stares of people but after huffing and puffing of things they come to know that those who don’t like us might they had an issue with their eyes.

They both believe in the concept that:

This is a world of spectacles About seeing and being seen

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍In the characters of‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍ The Gaze B-C is my favourite character, his Conceptions about things, strangeness in his eyes, the way he looks at the things and observes deeply is absolutely startled. Oftenly B-C is in the search of Kesif (discovery). He is curious to gaze at everything in order to reveal the enigmatic and strange stories throughout people and then he jotted down that stories in the dictionary of Gazes.

B-C believes that all of our woes, worries, our felicity and our deepest moments of memories, our very existence in this ephemeral world and also our love has to do with seeing and being seen. In the dictionary of Gazes, this concept is magnificent to memorize Yasm (Life). The secrecy and the sublime passages of life can be seen in solitude.


ask (Love)

Love is a merchant of dreams, and love makes a person more beautiful Unhealed wounds can be healed by the simple gaze of love. Ziya ( light ) gazing is that light which makes all the mysteries visible.


‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍ The most interesting thing about “The Gaze” is that it’s setting and characters are swirling around in different space and time but the proximity of characters is set in the same rhythm with one theme

“*Yabanci (gazing) gazing at the things the eye has not seen before “

Though ‍‍in its most succinct and concise lesson, it’s teaching is vivid that,

See all the aspects of life microscopically because the way people think of us it all starts from the way they gaze at us, and above all find a gap in the curious crowd of world and learn the art of gazing at things and see what world has not seen before, and make your life liveable and loveable.

Favourite Quotations of The Gaze by Elif Shafak

Sometimes we get our deepest Wounds through our eyes.
Whenever a person hurts That’s where his heartbeats.
Our entire existence, as well as Our non-existence, is founded On seeing And being seen.

Some of the most famous Books of Elif Shafak:

  • 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World
  • Honour
  • Three Daughters of Eve
  • The Bastard of Istanbul
  • The Gaze
  • The Architect’s Apprentice
  • The Happiness of Blond People
  • Black Milk
  • And the most famous:  The Forty Rules Of Love

Note: The author was supervised By Mr Farhan Ali Soomro (PhD Scholar) & Teaching Assistant Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Management Sciences, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.

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