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Pamuk has created a rich tapestry -- part love story, part political story, part religious.
Although highly recommended, the novel is mired by too much pithy prose, little character development and even less description of place.
The story portrays the life of the poet, his love affair, and his passion to write poetry amidst the fundamentalist struggle for power.
Interesting premise bogged down with endlessly repetitious considerations of the anxiety-ridden protagonist's inner monologue. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Hickethier
It is a good book. the writer is giving a lot of information in order for the reader to understand the culture and the various interactions that affect the story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dimitra Dova
I started this book with expectations that I would be learning more on the depth of Turkey's dualism between their secular and religious societies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Earl Ripling
Very good, by this excellent author. It creates a vivid atmosphere of a small town Turkey, with the intense conflict between
the lay militaries and the radical muslims. Read more
I enjoyed reading this book. It was highly educational about the Middle East, Turkish traditions and perceptions of Western Culture. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ingrid Gartan
Couldn't put it down, even though at times, I hated it. So well written, you feel you are there. It has a rhythm that mimics the constant snow fall. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kathleen trenchard
Good novel, but its great ambitions are not realized in the endPublished 5 months ago by M. van Rossem