The Happiness of Blond People: A Personal Meditation on
the Dangers of Identity (Penguin Specials) by Elif Shafak
2011 | eISBN: 9780670921768, ASIN: B0069YVWOE |
English | 25 pages | EPUB | 0.1 MB
Penguin Specials are designed to fill a gap. Written to be
read over a long commute or a short journey, they are
original and exclusively in digital form. This is Elif Shafak's
examination of national identity.
"You know, I never understand. How come their children
are so quiet and well disciplined?"
"Yeah," said the distressed father, his voice suddenly
softer. "Blond children never cry, do they?"
As Elif Shafak stands in line at the airport, she overhears
a Turkish father expressing to a friend his bewilderment
at the cultural differences he's experienced since
immigrating to northern Europe. Is it true, she wonders,
that the citizens of these countries are genuinely
happier? Why do people leave their homes for other
countries? And what lessons can we all learn, for the
creation of truly harmonious societies, from the
experiences of immigrants?
In the light of the recent backlash against multiculturalism
and the influx of millions of Muslims into Europe from the
east, this powerful and personal essay uses the lived
experience of immigrants to examine this most hotly
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