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Snow | [Orhan Pamuk]

Snow

Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school.
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Publisher's Summary

Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school. An apparent thaw of his writer's curiosity - a frozen sea these many years - leads him to Kars, a far-off town near the Russian border and the epicenter of the suicides.

No sooner has he arrived, however, than we discover that Ka's motivations are not purely journalistic; for in Kars, once a province of Ottoman and then Russian glory, and now a cultural gray-zone of poverty and paralysis, there is also Ipek, a radiant friend of Ka's youth, lately divorced, whom he has never forgotten. As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, Westernized world that has always been Ka's frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions: not only headlong toward the unknowable Ipek and the desperate hope for love, or at least a wife, that she embodies, but also into the maelstrom of a military coup staged to restrain the local Islamist radicals, and even toward God, whose existence Ka has never before allowed himself to contemplate.

In this surreal confluence of emotion and spectacle, Ka begins to tap his dormant creative powers, producing poem after poem in untimely, irresistible bursts of inspiration. But not until the snows have melted and the political violence has run its bloody course will Ka discover the fate of his bid to seize a last chance for happiness.

©2007 Orhan Pamuk; (P)2007 Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Wiinner, 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature

"Ka's rediscovery of God and poetry in a desolate place makes the novel's sadness profound and moving." (Publishers Weekly)
"Pamuk's gift for the evocative image remains one of this novel's great pleasures: Long after I finished this book, in the blaze of the Washington summer, my thoughts kept returning to Ka and Ipek in the hotel room, looking out at the falling snow." (Ruth Franklin, Washington Post Book World)

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    "love, religion, and literature"

    A beautiful book read with similar beauty.
    I never wanted to stop listening.
    There is a hypnotic quality to the reading, but reality is never far away as the events of the story continually force their way into the literary music and dreamy descriptions.
    Politics, religion, love, and literature manage to communicate with each other in the snowy border city of Kars.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth B. Robinson ramsey, MN USA 01-02-09
    Kenneth B. Robinson ramsey, MN USA 01-02-09 Member Since 2003

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    "bruceagain"

    the literary value is great but the subject is maudlin. Good political commentary mixed with human situation.

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    Lisa philadelphia, PA, USA 04-02-08
    Lisa philadelphia, PA, USA 04-02-08 Member Since 2003
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    "the first book I couldn't finish"

    After listening to hundreds of audiobooks, I could not finish this one. I agree with the reviewer who states that Mr Pamuk rehashes his characters over and over until they are lifeless. The constant forshadowing of doom is overbearing as well. Too bad, since there are some beautiful moments, but I couldn't tolerate it.

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    "Book of snow book of time"
    Would you listen to Snow again? Why?

    Snow particles have unique structure but each have an special shape different from other particles exactly like people .snow particle dissolve immediately after reaching ground and soon after forming like time and like events .so novel is about snow .not only this but the novel itself is like snow particle . With a sophisticated and delicate engineering but very soft and natural . With facing mirrors and many parallel and vertical axises .this is the best way for showing hot middle east conflicts .peoples who are originally the same with same instincts with different ideologies fighting and killing each other . K is Orhan in different time ,snow over snow!!.BLU is originally same SONEI both are extremist first Islamist and second atheist both of them are snow particles .they are ruling and playing with people but both of them will be covered with snow .snow is sad and depressing but simultaneously sign of hope because shows everything is passing and covered by snow Babak Zamani MD


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was too long


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He is familiar with pamuk


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I had no time


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    Thank you for audiobooks it changed my life

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    Peggy Portland, OR, USA 11-26-07
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    "Nobel Prize"

    Perhaps because I have listen recently to books concerning the middle east that the theme fell short or was repetitious.The subtle undertones of fear and boredom within a restricted life style are a prevalent tone in the book. Yet at the same time the freedom of the women to explore sexual territories surprise me in this rigid framework. The narration was in line with the author's voice and captured the emotions of the main character.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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