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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.

Critic Reviews

  • 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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  • babak
  • tehran, Azerbaijan
  • 12-29-11

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

Any additional comments?

Thank you for audiobooks it changed my life

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  • Peggy
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 11-26-07

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.

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