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Elif Shafak is a great storyteller. This weekend is a great time to grab her work "The Island of Missing Trees." Set against the backdrop of Cyprus, this compelling tale weaves together history, love, and the enduring power of human connection.

Shafak's vivid prose transports readers to the war-torn island, immersing them in a rich tapestry of emotions. Through her evocative descriptions, the landscapes and characters come alive, enveloping readers in a world both familiar and unfamiliar.

At the heart of the story is Kostas and Defne, whose lives are intricately entwined with the island's turbulent history. As their paths converge, Shafak delicately explores themes of love, identity, and the indomitable spirit of those caught in the crossfire of conflict.

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Larger historical narrative

What sets "The Island of Missing Trees" apart is Shafak's ability to seamlessly blend the personal and political. She effortlessly navigates between past and present, intertwining stories of love and sacrifice with the larger historical narrative.

Through her meticulous research and attention to detail, Shafak sheds light on a forgotten chapter of Cyprus' history, inviting readers to contemplate the consequences of war and division.

Shafak's characters are multi-dimensional and deeply human, each grappling with their own demons and dreams. Their struggles and triumphs resonate on a universal level, making their journeys all the more poignant and relatable.

With her lyrical prose and unwavering empathy, Elif Shafak has once again proven herself to be a master storyteller Image Credit: Gulf News

An unwavering empathy

The novel's pacing is expertly crafted, with each chapter revealing new layers of the story. Shafak skillfully balances moments of tenderness and heartache, building suspense while keeping readers emotionally invested.

"The Island of Missing Trees" is more than just a historical novel; it is a testament to the power of storytelling. Shafak's narrative serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving collective memory, challenging us to confront the ghosts of the past and build bridges towards understanding.

With her lyrical prose and unwavering empathy, Elif Shafak has once again proven herself to be a master storyteller. "The Island of Missing Trees" is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that lingers in the reader's mind long after the final page.

Ahmad Nazir is a UAE-based freelancer writer