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The Happiness of Blond People: A Personal Meditation on the Dangers of Identity (Penguin Specials) by [Shafak, Elif]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 160 KB
  • Print Length: 25 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069YVWOE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,774 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Read this having no idea that my thinking about immigration would be challenged in some way. Found it to be immensely readable and at the same time thought provoking. Will be reading it more slowly again. And will read some Rumi too. At nearly 70 it is only too easy to be content with previously held views. Will have to be wary of this tendency so thank you.
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I whole-heartedly recommend this book. It's a great, short, read for a good price (a couple of pounds). I think I heard about it in the 'Guardian' newspaper. You could google it to see if the article comes up. My interest was piqued. I bought the book and I'm glad I did, especially since I'm in a mixed-race/mixed-culture/mixed-religion marriage with kids!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this short ebook. The author's style and use of language, together with her vivid perceptions of cultures and the lives of others within those cultures make her books both an exciting experience and a journey into much broader appreciation of the world we live in. This download can be read in less than an hour, but remains in the mind for much longer.
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This was an interesting essay on identity in a multicultural context. What identity means both for migrants and for those traditionally native to a particular country who receive migrant groups. As the world becomes smaller as it were with a constant flow of migration, the interpretations of identity will also be challenged and changed... This is particularly poignant at this present time where the migrant crisis is very much at the forefront.
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An intelligent, eloquently-written essay focussed on the changing face of the globe, and the dangers of stereotyping 'others' who are different to ourselves, how we are all interconnected in some form, and how intercultural dialogue needs to step away from the political arena.
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A well written and thoughtful essay on angst born of immigration. We are too quick to condemn from a well rehearsed repertoire of media influenced ideas. The ideology of being better than those who are different sadly denies us the greatest opportunity to reflect on our own experience and learn from others
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This is a look at how society and the individual's perception of happiness is shaped and influenced, both by our cultures and politics.

The author explores how Westerners view their cousins in the East and vice versa and how this colours our view of those of different beliefs, living in our midst and potentially what might be the consequences.

Definitely worth taking the time to read and would highly recommend.
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If you like Elif, get this. Approaches cultural boundaries-imaginative and real ones in a different way. It should be read by everyone and anyone whether or not they think they are multicultural
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