The Idiot – Elif Batuman

I had been desperate to read this book ever since I saw it had been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. The title also drew me in – it reminds me of Dostoevsky, and I love Dostoevsky.

The story follows Selin, who has just started her studies at Harvard University. It is a story filled with nostalgia, the innocence of youth and yearning. Although Selin’s university days did not mirror mine in almost any way, I still related to the character and her struggles to find her path and her way in life.

Selin’s love interest is one of those we have all met at some point. A slightly older man, filled with a sense of his own importance. We view him through Selin’s shimmer of adoration, and it is easy to see how she becomes blinded.

It is one of those books where really, nothing much happens, but you get to the end of it with a brand new outlook on life and a filled with inspiration.

Highly recommended. 4.2/5

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