The Idiot

The Idiot

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 in subjects she has never heard of, befriends her charismatic and worldly Serbian classmate, Svetlana, and, almost by accident, b...

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Title:The Idiot
Author:Elif Batuman
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ISBN:1594205612
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages

The Idiot Reviews

  • Evan Klein
    Aug 23, 2016
    Adored this book! Selin is 19 years old and new to Harvard when she falls for Ivan in their beginners Russian class. They begin corresponding by email, and as they open up to each other, they realize there's an unspoken attraction that neither acts on. When Ivan decides to go home to Hungary that Su...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Feb 27, 2017
    (3.5) This is such an odd debut novel that, though I ultimately thought it a very funny anti-Bildungsroman, I’d hesitate to recommend it too widely. Nostalgia for pre-technology college days, some familiarity with Eastern European literature (especially the absurdist tradition), and a fascinati...
  • Dea
    Mar 07, 2017
    I really hate when books with titles like The Idiot make me feel like I’m the person the title is referring to. This book is either really smart or faux smart, and I don’t feel smart enough to figure out which of the two it is (though I’m kind of leaning towards “faux smart”...
  • Blair
    Feb 23, 2017
    With the abrupt sadness of The Idiot's final sentence, I felt a near-physical wrench, as if forcibly separated from someone who had swiftly become a good friend. I probably read the second half of the book too quickly – I loved it so much, and wish I'd taken more time to savour it – but on...
  • Gill
    Feb 20, 2017
    'The Idiot' by Elif Batuman 4 stars/ 8 out of 10I have not read anything by Elif Batuman previously. I decided to read 'The Idiot' because I was intrigued by the description of the story. The book is a first person account, from the point of view of Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, of her ...
  • Terri Jacobson
    Apr 26, 2017
    It's 1995 and Selin, the daughter of Turkish immigrants living in New Jersey, is starting her first year at Harvard University. She has vague plans of wanting to be a writer, so she is studying languages and linguistics. She falls in with a group of friends that include Svetlana, a Serb, and Ivan, a...
  • Jessica Weil
    Mar 29, 2017
    2.5/5 Stars.I had a really complicated relationship with this book. On the surface, it appears to have everything I enjoy in a novel—a quirky protagonist, smart insights, dry humor, a character-driven narrative—but if I'm being honest, it was completely tedious and desperate for some more ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 07, 2017
    Part of my warm feelings to this book must be because the author is reflecting so much of my own experience, that era (95-96) of life-changing technology and the normalization of the internet right at the gateway to college, with suddenly changing relationships and interactions, especially how email...
  • Patrick Brown
    Apr 17, 2017
    Unlike anything else I've read. Very funny, but with a bunch of layers to peel back. Highly recommended, especially if you like campus novels. ...
  • Bruno
    Apr 19, 2017
    NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS. IT'S LIKE KNAUSGÅRD BUT WITH HUNGARIANS....