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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 32 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 20, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B002TNABKU
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Filled with years of tedium and few moments of action; the story slowly winds its way through Kemal's obsession with the beautiful Fusun. Those years pass as if the rest of his life has absolutely no meaning.
This is a narrative told in the first person by Kemal that presents word pictures of the characters, the neighborhoods and Istanbul itself. The tone captured the times and events and, in particular, the feelings of Kemal.
Only on looking back at the entire book, when the tedium is over, could I appreciate the telling of the lives of Fusun and Kemal, and of the others who were involved with them. Most lives are not 'exciting' to us when described and yet they are as exciting to those living them as ours are to us.
I kept turning the pages and imagining the 'museum' and how the story would eventually end. I'm not always able to predict the ending of a book, but this time I did - and it didn't affect the story. The best way to describe my feelings is that the whole was greater than the sum if its parts.
In The Museum of Innocence, Mr. Pamuk has yet again chosen to undertake a somewhat tendentious cultural issue: that of virginity's cherished sanctity among Turkish women living in an Istanbul metamorphosing with the changing trends. Kemal Basmac', the Byronic hero of this ornately beautiful and bittersweet piece, tells us that "virginity was still regarded as a treasure that young girls should protect until the day they married. Following the drive to Westernize and modernize, and (even more significantly) the haste to urbanize, it became common practice for girls to defer marriage until they were older, and the practical value of this treasure began to decline in certain parts of Istanbul.Read more ›
Museum of Innocence is a love story that alludes to much more. It is said that this is Pamuk's first novel about love (I disagree). The story is centered on Kemal's experience of encountering his love Fusun, as an almost married man, losing her and trying to win her back. Almost the entire story is told from his perspective because he represents multiple oppressive forces that existed in Turkish society in the 70s and 80s, despite his own resentment of these forces. The story is divided into short chapters with titles that convey metaphysical inquiries about love and happiness in the most colloquial and at times cliché language. The writing itself is rather poetic but contains a greater dose of realism than Snow. The storyline is punctuated with breathtaking imageries. Kemal's obsession with Fusun, manifested through his fetish of collecting the objects with associations with Fusun, is absurd by nature but made real and even what somewhat sensible by Pamuk.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the book immensely. Surprising twists, exciting, history, melancholy. So Pamuk. I look forward to seeing the actual Museum of Innocence while in Istanbul. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Raymond L Herbst
This book captures something very weird so very beautifully. Although the story and the details can be summed up in a few pages, Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Siddiqi
Read the last page on the day I visited the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul. Incredible to see the book come alive.Published 3 months ago by Lily
Infuriating and frustrating and oddly compelling at times. I wondered if author knew what a destructive, narcissistic character he was creating in the guise of devoted and loving... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J.M.C.
The novel was required reading for a master's course. I was interested through the first 2/3 of the novel, but it eventually lost my interest.Published 6 months ago by Britt
In his slowly unravelling style, dressed with lots of detail, the story of his tragic obsessive love affair develops. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S.Dickinson
You replicate the narrator's obsession in being unable to leave off reading his very long tale of his unshakeable, undying and joyously obsessive love for a woman.Published 6 months ago by EnglishProf
There has to be a ‘wordy’ way to ‘explain’ something like The Museum of Innocence. Then again, ‘wordy’ and ‘explanation’ don’t seem to fit here on Amazon. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matko Vladanovic