©2004 Louis de Bernieres; (P)2004 Books on Tape
Loved this book. The characters float around in my head and remind me of the universality of human existence. Such a clear window the author gives us into a place and I time I can only imagine. Narration is flawless.
If you want to grow attached to quirky characters set in what we now know as Turkey and then listen to hours of their lives being ravaged by war, then this is for you. Provides interesting historical, cultural, and political background. Awesome performance. Ratio of peace to war was effectively oppressive.
A great combination of history and art. Some critics say, "He's not Tolstoy".
True enough. Why should he be? But he's just as interesting with that wonderful reader. Highly recommended.
This haunting, stirring, frightening and sometimes hilarious epic is a perfect fit for Audible. The story is so intensely human, the period characters so vivid, I listened to it over a year ago and I'm listening to it again. The content of the novel provides a real education for ill-educated Americans in a manner that is provocative, exciting and endlessly entertaining.
This marvelous book kept me enthralled. The characters are fully developed - I felt as if I knew them, and I deeply cared about them. The narration is superb and adds greatly to the feeling of personal intimacy with each character. The historical sweep is grand, covering the period immediately before the first world war and continuing to well after, paralleling the rise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, whose biography is interwined throughout. I am sorry that the story has come to an end. My only question: when will Audible offer another of Louis de Berniere's books to its listeners?
This MAY be a profoundly good book.
Frankly, the narrator alienated me with his snarky voice and horrible female impersonations.
Also, the book seems heavily weighted towards the Turkish side, with a rather degrading view of the Greeks.
Had expected a little more balance in such an observant writer. War description is detailed and fascinating, but the smug, nasal narration really lets it down.
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