It is a perfect spring day in Istanbul. Kemal, a wealthy heir, is about to become engaged to the aristocratic Sibel, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shop girl. He falls in love and finds his established world of Westernized families, opulent parties, society gossip, and dining-room rituals is shattered.
©2008 Orhan Pamuk (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd
The ability of the writer to combine beautiful descriptive writing with character development and plot structure. The book has soul.
John Lees, narrator, does a super job.
Kemal, of course. He is the ringmaster of his life and a great, rich character. He
is never easy to decipher and it will be along time before I feel I have truly discoveredI him; But then
that's the reason Pamuk is such a great writer: he lets the reader be involved.
Early on, the chapter of the sacrificial goat. The final chapters of the love story - but that would be
spoiling it for you !
Fuzun of course. An enigma, a mystery. A classic, romantic woman with a strong
Pamuk is reputedly not to everyone's taste. But why not, is beyond me. He is a
wonderful story teller. I suppose you have to work a little harder or be a little patient as he takes his
time developing the characters, plot. I love the sub-plot with Istanbul as the
Proust hovers in spirit over this masterful story of obsessive love.
John Lee's reading captures beautifully the tone of the book.
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