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...
  • Steve Walker
    Feb 12, 2017
    I received an ARC from the publisher for a free and honest review. Everyone has their favorite coming-of-age novel. Sadly, there may come a time for some when this sub-genre no longer works. I had high hopes for this novel. However, I just did not care. Lost interest in the characters, found myself ...
  • Corey
    Mar 26, 2017
    The year is 1995, and our protagonist, Selin, has gone to Harvard to study linguistics. While taking a course in Russian, she meets Ivan, a seven foot-tall senior from Hungary. The two exchange only brief remarks in person, but something about Ivan strikes Selin, who e-mails him later on. The two sp...
  • 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 ...
  • Kimberly V
    Mar 06, 2017
    I won a copy of The Idiot by Elif Batuman here on Goodreads and couldn't wait to read it. Unfortunately, I didn't love it. This is a novel in which nothing truly happens: nothing good, nothing bad, and nothing exciting. At over four hundred pages of what read like a rambling stream of consciousness,...
  • 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...