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Acclaimed Turkish novelist Pamuk offers this fascinating murder mystery set against the backdrop of 16th-century Istanbul. The story surrounds a sultan who commissions a book to celebrate his life and times, as well as a set of talented artists hired to recreate the work in the European style. But when one of the artists disappears, the answer to his whereabouts seems to lie in the images themselves. British narrator John Lee reads with a classical tone, drawing on his theatrical experience to create a rousing, epic, but personal reading sure to appeal to a wide range of listeners. Lee reads with such inherent skill that his words seem to be coming straight from memory, recreating Pamuk's ancient world in colorful clarity. A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 6).
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In 16th-century Istanbul, master miniaturist and illuminator of books Enishte Effendi is commissioned to illustrate a book celebrating the sultan. Soon he lies dead at the bottom of a well, and how he got there is the crux of this novel. A number of narrators give testimony to what they know about the circumstances surrounding the murder. The stories accumulate and become more detailed as the novel progresses, giving the reader not only a nontraditional murder mystery but insight into the mores and customs of the time. In addition, this is both an examination of the way figurative art is viewed within Islam and a love story that demonstrates the tricky mechanics of marriage laws. Award-winning Turkish author Pamuk (The White Castle) creatively casts the novel with colorful characters (including such entities as a tree and a gold coin) and provides a palpable sense of atmosphere of the Ottoman Empire that history and literary fans will appreciate. Recommended. Marc Kloszewski, Indiana Free Lib., PA
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This is a good book I understand. I want - amazon to let me read it and not bother me about a review. ThanksPublished 29 days ago by Anxious to read not review
I chose the title only because of a couple of scenes....read the book and you find out why
This book is about 14th century art in Istanbul. Read more
I got lost in some of the detail the author provided on the historical aspects of art.Published 1 month ago by Valerie Lober
It's a perfect thriller !!! And love story
All you can hope from a novel
The 1-star reviews said it best. Boring...cubed or squared it was painful. I can say I read 75% maybe and got to the boring end. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Peter Corrigan
A most enjoyable read, recommended to all readers who enjoy the written word on its own as well as to those who enjoy historical setting in passed ages. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dougmad
For all this was on everybody's list among best novels ever, the writing style is overly verbose and it takes forever to tell if the story is going anywhere. Read morePublished 2 months ago by yes-fan19
Our poor bookclub could not get through this book. We really wanted to love it. Only 1 out of 11 enjoyed the book.Published 3 months ago by Audrey