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Snow Paperback – July 19, 2005
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All the conflicting political and religious movements of the country are exemplified in Kars--socialism and communism, atheism, political secularism, Kurdish nationalism, and the most rapidly growing movement, Islamist fundamentalism, and Ka comes into contact with all of them. As he investigates the girls' suicides and becomes reacquainted with Ipek, he also witnesses the coffeeshop shooting of the Director of Education, the man who has carried out the government's orders to ban the "headscarf girls" from school. His assailant is a young member of the Freedom Fighters for Islamic Justice, a group Ka comes to know. A military coup at the National Theater begins when soldiers burst in, shoot randomly into the audience, kill a number of people, then round up "dangerous" citizens, including some of the people Ka has visited. Ultimately, Ka's life is in danger, and Ipek must choose whether to go with him to Germany or to stay in Kars.
Articulate in its depiction of almost inexplicable contradictions, Snow is not a western novel and does not adhere to western literary conventions of plot or character.Read more ›
The book's central character is a poet named Ka. Its setting is the Turkish frontier town of Kars. What falls throughout the book is snow, which, translated in Turkish, is "kar." Hmm. Let this be your first warning that you are deep in the throes of post-modernist art.
The plot of "Snow" is drawn straight from headlines in Turkey today. Religious young women, pressured by the State to take off their headscarves, are committing suicide. While Pamuk has plenty of value to say about this and other issues which define modern day Turkey -- on the crossroads of East and West -- the problem is how he goes about saying it:
'Does your father have to be out of the hotel for you to get into bed with me naked?' asked Ka.
'Yes. And he hardly ever leaves the hotel. He doesn't care for the icy streets of Kars.'
'All right then, let's not make love now. But let's kiss some more,' said Ka.
Ipek leaned over Ka, who was sitting on the edge of the bed, and they enjoyed a long and sensual kiss.
Hmm. Maybe it's not fair to blame Pamuk since his prose must first be dragged through the filter of translation.Read more ›
Whether you are new to the writings of Orhan Pamuk or like me, a convert to his work in translation, you will find the book, "Snow," is packed, nay; overflowing with Turkish humanity. In Orhan Pamuk's self-avowed first (and last) political novel, the disaffected and somewhat anesthesitized inhabitants of Kars find their imperfect voice in his newest novel. Through mad-cap theatrical coup and broad, windy statements to an imagined and unhearing "Western Press," the reader is ingeniously treated and sometimes led by the nose through the complexity of an Islamic society desiring access to its past and admittance to the modern world.
Therein lies the rub.
Understanding is everything, although it can't immediately change anything. The readers of "Snow" will find many intricately drawn zany characters, who represent a spectrum of political fundamentalist Islam; adherents, admirers and detractors. All are deliciously served up on an exotic Turkish platter and are no less appealing for the remote locale of Kars.
As a reader, I am consistently amazed by Mr. Pamuk's stellar ability to give authentic, credible voice to a wide array of eccentric characters, each effortlessly recognizable for all their foible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pamuk incorporates history, intrigue, love, religion, danger, twists in the story and fate. It helps to understand something of the culture and history that is Turkey. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Raymond L Herbst
In many ways this book--the writing, the characters, the quirks, the meandering narrative--is reminiscent of John Irving. OK, but a long way from being great literature. Read morePublished 24 days ago by now what
I am sure I will carry images of Kars in my heart for a long time. The interweaving of the poet's story with the novelist's tale is enchanting.Published 1 month ago by Donna Birdwell
I bought this book because he was a Nobel Prize winner and I hope it wasn't for this book. He's no Saul Bellow.or Mario Llosa. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Oconnor
Boring by an author who should reach out beyond the Turkish-centric audience.Published 3 months ago by Donemus
I will 'listen' to this book again because of John Lee's excellent narration.Published 3 months ago by Barbara
Orhan Pamuk is a great author, At times this novel reminded me of some of the great Russian novelists. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very frustrating read....couldn't go past half of it and got bored and sick with it...nothing makes sense in it.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Suleiman
I did not enjoy this book at all. Needed an editor; repetitive, trite.Published 4 months ago by patleon