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Snow | [Orhan Pamuk]

Snow

As the snow begins to fall, a journalist arrives in the remote city of Kars on the Turkish border. Kars is a troubled place - there's a suicide epidemic among its young women, Islamists are poised to win the local elections, and the head of the intelligence service is viciously effective. When the growing blizzard cuts off the outside world, the stage is set for a terrible and desperate act.... Orhan Pamuk's magnificent and best-selling novel evokes the spiritual fragility of the non-Western world, its ambivalence about the godless West, and its fury.
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As the snow begins to fall, a journalist arrives in the remote city of Kars on the Turkish border. Kars is a troubled place - there's a suicide epidemic among its young women, Islamists are poised to win the local elections, and the head of the intelligence service is viciously effective. When the growing blizzard cuts off the outside world, the stage is set for a terrible and desperate act....

Orhan Pamuk's magnificent and best-selling novel evokes the spiritual fragility of the non-Western world, its ambivalence about the godless West, and its fury.

©2004 Orhan Pamuk; ©2013 Canongate Books Ltd

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  • Robin
    London, United Kingdom
    1/1/14
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    "Snow - A world apart"
    Would you try another book written by Orhan Pamuk or narrated by John Lee?

    NO


    Would you ever listen to anything by Orhan Pamuk again?

    I might re-listen to MY NAME IS READ but otherwise probably not; and certainly not if narrated by John Lee I'm afraid.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I am on Book 2 and given that the story essentially has a contemporary setting (last half of the 20 century I think) the society described and its preoccupations are so far removed from anything that and even a mildly Islamofile white caucasian westerner can relate to that it comes across as third world nonsense. I am finding it quite dull - not sure I will finish it but we'll see. Finally I may be in a minority here but I am not keen on John Lee's voice or accent as a reader; particularly the continual use of the short A in every single path bath fast pass passerby fasten cast ask after afternoon etc etc. To best of my knowledge most people in England do not speak like that; I can take it if it is combined with a proper North county accent but really not otherwise. I would be interested to know if this grates on other listeners too.


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