The Idiot by Elif Batuman

423 pages first pub 2017 (editions)

fiction literary funny reflective slow-paced

Description

A portrait of the artist as a young woman. A novel about not just discovering but inventing oneself.The year is 1995, and email is new. Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, arrives for her freshman year at Harvard. She signs up for classes i...

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Moods

reflective 86%
funny 66%
emotional 30%
challenging 19%
lighthearted 15%
sad 11%
adventurous 10%
hopeful 7%
informative 7%
relaxing 6%
inspiring 5%
tense 5%
dark 3%
mysterious 3%

Pace

slow 67%
medium 29%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 87% | A mix: 9% | Plot: 2%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 42% | Yes: 29% | No: 27%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 47% | It's complicated: 31% | No: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 75% | No: 14% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 79% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 4%

Average rating

3.8

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