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Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Ayşe Kulin , John W. Baker
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Book Description

International bestseller by one of Turkey’s most beloved authors

As the daughter of one of Turkey’s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life.

But when the Nazis invade France, the exiled lovers will learn that nothing—not war, not politics, not even religion—can break the bonds of family. For after they learn that Selva is but one of their fellow citizens trapped in France, a handful of brave Turkish diplomats hatch a plan to spirit the Alfandaris and hundreds of innocents, many of whom are Jewish, to safety. Together, they must traverse a war-torn continent, crossing enemy lines and risking everything in a desperate bid for freedom. From Ankara to Paris, Cairo, and Berlin, Last Train to Istanbul is an uplifting tale of love and adventure from Turkey’s beloved bestselling novelist Ayşe Kulin.



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“Kulin, a bestselling Turkish author, has penned this brilliant novel using the techniques of historical fiction. Her narrative with numerous characters and a number of subplots is handled deftly … the story is compelling up to the end and deserves a film adaptation. Highly recommended.” – Historical Novel Review

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“Kulin, a bestselling Turkish author, has penned this brilliant novel using the techniques of historical fiction. Her narrative with numerous characters and a number of subplots is handled deftly … the story is compelling up to the end and deserves a film adaptation. Highly recommended.” – Historical Novel Review

Product Details

  • File Size: 696 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477807616
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing; Reprint edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BJ8YD78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Last Train to Istanbul June 30, 2013
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I received this book Last Train to Istanbul from the Vine Program. I picked this book as it stated it was a story from the World War II area a time that I lived through. It also involved inter marriage of a Moslem girl and Jewish boy which was a big event that divided families. This book was written by Ayse Kulin a novel about the difficult time during the War. She is Turkish and it was published in 2002 and translated to English by John Baker in 2006, this book will be available in October 2013. My book was an advance Reader's copy and published by Amazoncrossing.

From the first pages I was engrossed and could not stop reading. There are 434 pages to this paperback book and I enjoyed every page. From the very beginning I was drawn into the lives of the two families in Turkey, the girls Sabiha and Selva were Moslem and Rafo who was Jewish. Sabiha married Macit a Moselm government worker. Selva married Rafo against her parent's wishes and the couple fled to France to start a new life. This was in 1938 the beginning of Hitler's reign over Europe.

The story covers both girls and the life they led during this time. Sabiha missed her sister and tried to keep in touch with her through her husband Macit when he was sent to France on government business. Turkey was trying to stay out of the war and stay neutral and it was a difficult for everyone. When Hitler took over France Selva and Rafo were living in Marseilles in southern France and thought they would be safe. They soon found out they had to be registered as Turkey citizens and became friends with the Turkey Consulate in Marseilles.

Then one day Rafo was picked up by the Gestopo and Selva frantically recruited the help of the Turkey Consulate in both Marseilles and Paris and he was released.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read January 7, 2013
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Ms. Kulin writes very well. She familiarizes the reader with a foreign culture which is definitely very different from life in the US. Once you start reading you do not want to stop until you have finished the book. It kept me awake most of the night, reading of course and, after waking the following morning I continued to the end. I highly recommend this book.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Historical Fiction Involving Turkey & WWII September 3, 2013
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"Last Train to Istanbul" is a remarkable work of historical fiction. I never knew the lengths to which the Turkish Embarrassment went to protect not only its own citizens living in France and other countries following the Nazi invasions, but that they provided passports and identification papers for those with parents of the Jewish faith. Those is the story of a couple who met in Istanbul, one the Muslim daughter (Silva) of a high ranking retired government official, and the son (Rafo) of the Jewish family of the court physicians going f back centuries. They are lovers but despite her father's casting her out of her family's life, the couple flees to Frances where they live and have a baby boy they name after Selva's father. Although it was traditional to have baby boys circumcised in both the Muslim and Jewish faiths, they decide that because of the rise of Nazism and the Nazis identifying Jewish men by asking them to drop their trousers, they feared for their baby's life and abandoned tradition. Other important central characters are Sabiha, Selva's beautiful sister, her husband, a diplomat, Macit, and a Turkish Consul in France, Tarik, who was once madly infatuated with Sabiha. There are many other engaging characters, each with his or own complexities.

Along the way we are introduced to numerous other characters, each with his or her own story of desperation and hope. They all come together on a train in a special car marked with the Turkish Crescent and Star and endure a horrendous, endless train journey where there lives become intertwined.

I found well researched the historical aspects garnered by the author both through written files and oral histories to have the ring of authenticity and the tales engrossing. This is a wonderful work of fiction with textured richness and layers of complexity. An altogether engrossing novel.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Escape from Paris September 24, 2013
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Kulin won the Best Cinematographer Award from the Theatre Writers association for her work in Turkish television and has been chosen as the "Writer of the year" by the Ýstanbul Communication Faculty. She tends to write biographical novels, blending what could be a true biography in novelized form. This is the story of a Muslim woman who marries a Jewish doctor and moves to Paris right before World War II. Naturally, she is in danger as the Nazis invade France. Turkish diplomats struggle to find a way to get them out of France along with some other Turkish ex-pats.

I found the dialog a bit difficult; did this book lose something in translation? Turkish is a very different language; perhaps its sonorities and style doesn't merge well into English. However, this is still an exciting story that reads more like a memoir than a novel.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read in a day..Amazing! January 12, 2009
Format:Paperback
Ayse Kulin has done a marvelous job in combining historical facts with strong feelings of people who pursuit freedom and love. I highly recommend this book..Very easy and enjoyable reading
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Perspective On Turkey October 28, 2013
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As a reader of historical novels, this book popped up as a recommendation on my Kindle. I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I received a new perspective and respect for the Turkish people. I enjoyed learning about Turkish family values and the value placed on all people. Each of the stories was captivating. I also learned more about the plight of people during the Second World War. The author did an excellent job bringing all of these lives together in a heartfelt way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
very well written, captivating. the end is ending abruptly, a little bit more ... would have been perfect
Published 4 days ago by Mariam G. Syoum
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book and it's characters
I seem to read a lot of stories about the 2nd World War, but this gave me another perspective from another country, Turkey. I enjoyed this book and it's characters. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Phyllis Robichaud
5.0 out of 5 stars It does not have passages that are boring. It flaws and it holds your...
It is very well written. It does not have passages that are boring. It flaws and it holds your interest to the end. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Irene Danon
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Okay.
Published 6 days ago by KKookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Good story line. Interesting history.
Published 8 days ago by Roc
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
book is OK. 2.5 stars.
Published 8 days ago by pain doc
4.0 out of 5 stars BUT STILL A GOOD NOVEL.
I THOUGHT IT A LITTLE DRAWN OUT,BUT STILL A GOOD NOVEL.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book,. Could not put it down.
Published 12 days ago by Rita
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
Great story, but a very abrupt ending. Actually, I had a hard time putting it down & have highly recommended it to family.
Published 13 days ago by Janie Marks
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and captivating
Interesting and captivating. Told a story about a perspective during WWII era that was little-known to me, from the perspective of different families -- Jewish and Muslim.
Published 13 days ago by Janice Masters
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One of Turkey's most beloved authors, with more than ten million copies of her books sold, Ayşe Kulin is known for captivating stories about human endurance. In addition to penning internationally bestselling novels, she has also worked as a producer, cinematographer, and screenwriter for numerous television shows and films. Her novel Last Train to Istanbul won the European Council Jewish Community Best Novel Award and has been translated into twenty-three languages.

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