Back from a much-needed vacation, and here we go again. Whereas the usual expression is “nature or nurture” relating to major factors influencing human development, what happens when we think of it as “nature versus nurture”? Take the case of a woman born with high IQ but stuck in a culture that does not value women, does not educate them, and does not give them opportunities. This actually was mostly the case in 1920s Ottoman Turkey but not when I…..
Going on a well-needed vacation. So this blog is going to be short. Last time, I described briefly my Turkish counterparts of Jane Austen’s characters I used in House of Daughters. My hope is that you’ll read the book and find them just as interesting as the originals. The transformation of the well-known story from the early 19th century England to 20th century Ottoman Turkey is quite a stretch, I agree, but it works, if you ask me. When…..
TURKISH CAST OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE In this blog, let’s talk about my Turkish portrayal of the characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice I wrote about in my new novel, House of Daughters. Here is the cast: Emin Efendi – Mr. Bennet Semahat Hanim – Mrs. Bennet Melike – Jane Perihan – Elizabeth Handan – Kitty Lydia – Selma Mary – Zekiye Major Murat – Mr. Darcy Kaan – Mr. Bingley Lt. Ferit – Mr. Wickham These are not…..
FROM ENGLAND TO TURKEY AND FROM EMPIRE TO REPUBLIC Why take such a familiar story as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and plant it in such an unfamiliar place like Turkey, one might ask. Well, I’m Turkish-born and, like most novelists, I feel more comfortable writing about places and people I’m familiar with, than not. However, in this case, I did also have a solid rationale for doing so. Let me explain. Once I decided to retell the story of…..
BLOG 2, March 14, 2017 In my last blog, I mentioned that my love affair with Jane Austen started when I was a sophomore at the American College for Girls in Istanbul, Turkey. I could sympathize with her characters. Although about a century and a half apart, the behavior expectations for young girls had not changed that much. We were to behave modestly, be obedient, respect our elders, act not too forward with boys, expecting them to approach us and…..
I was eighteen and a sophomore at the American College for Girls in Istanbul when I first read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. My English wasn’t very good then, but since then, I read the novel regularly every year and never stopped enjoying it. I was born and raised in Turkey. I came to America in 1959 on a Fulbright scholarship to attend Duke Graduate School. Duke gave me my Ph.D. and, as a bonus, a husband! We’ve been married for…..
Welcome. My name is Engin Inel Holmstrom, author of House of Daughters. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here. I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about House of Daughters, expanding on some of the topics in it and blogging on some of the ideas related to my book. This…..