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Turquoise: A love story Paperback – January 31, 2012
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From Kirkus Reviews
An engrossing work. Look out for the sequel, Emerald, which is currently underway.
Wendy O'Hanlon, Acres Australia
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorites 18 March '12
Turquoise is not a simple romance but a tale of passion and love - the love of a child, a job, two countries and a man. --Dot Whittington, The Weekender
With characters who come across as completely flawed and human, you will be pulled into this well-written novel that runs the full gamut of emotions and relationships. --John Morrow's Pick of the Week
Turquoise is a beautifully written novel: an unconventional love story set partially in Turkey and partially in the USA. It is about unrequited love, marriages of convenience, family love, love for a child.
Chris Broadribb, NSW Writers' Centre Newsletter
Top Customer Reviews
So, why did I dislike this book so much? Well, it was extremely wordy, over 150 pages too long, and incredibly self indulgent. A lot of the conversation I found quite immature and the endless ranting about the main character's 'one and only true Love' (with a capital L) was almost impossible to read. She pined after him for endless pages, especially in the last third of the book. I hate to skim read but at times I could do little else.
"My eighteen hours with him...skin on skin, breath in breath. Pristine and ordained. Brimming, Hieros Gamos, sacred union of the beloveds. Our bodies feel like a Homecoming with one another, like a cherished poem remembered verse and line. A sense of deep familiarity, of knowing and awaiting for from a time immemorial." Grammar and punctuation accurately copied.
The story begins in the early 1980s, although it is not until 100 pages into the book that we discover this.
Yasmin (who calls herself Yas when she talks *a lot* to herself), is a Turkish national who moved to the US with her parents to study in an American university. Her father is the Turkish Consul General and the family settle in Los Angeles. Her brother, Memo, stays in America but Yasmin eventually returns to Turkey to work as a child psychologist. She runs into an old school friend, Ani, and her husband, Renan. From this moment on she is smitten with Renan.Read more ›
I enjoyed exploring her inner dialog. Through her experiences we question morality, purpose, history and ethnicity. We also look at gender roles, issues of fertility and what it means to be a parent. There were some unanswered questions for me in the end, but all in all, I found this a satisfying read, and I sincerely recommend it.
It was hard to feel a connection to the other people in the book. The author told how she went to work and came home. Sam was home with them...hubby was home or away..not giving any details to anything but her love for a Married man. Now when it came to that, she would go on and on and on about it. For a book to capture me, I need to feel that connection with everyone. There just wasn't any way to have that kind of connection when most times, each other person in the book was talked about with just one sentence. A good bit of the book was about her work...but again, she never really talked about her work except she was opening this center or that center..but never really going into details about her days at work. Anyhow, this could have been so much more...but as it stands, just was not for me.
I did give it 3 stars just because it had the means to be a great story, but just didn't quite make it, in my mind.
Ayshe Talay-Ongan has a very unique writing style that makes Turquoise an easy read. I had no problem reading the story, but it was a little hard to get excited over the characters' actions and motivations and hard to understand the focus of the novel. Turquoise is set in the 1980's and follows Dr. Yasmin Akatol as she ventures through a loveless marriage while dividing her time between her best friend's husband, business, and family life.
The summary of Turquoise is a little misleading. At least, it caused me to expect much more focus to fall on the political tension between the Turkish and Armenian citizens. Yasmin is Turkish and her friends Ani and Renan are Armenian. There are several instances and events that show the hate and violence between the Armenians and Turkish, it even hits Yasmin's family with a devastating outcome, but in the end it didn't have a strong bearing on Yasmin's affair with Renan. For all that Yasmin talked and dreamed and wrote about her desire for a life with Renan, the story becomes less engaging and I felt detached from their heartache and yearnings. Yasmin mentions passion between her and Renan but the story was just too summarized, with events that lead up to a anti-climatic and quick ending, to give readers a chance to experience that passion.
There are several aspects of the novel I appreciated. The tension between the Armenian and Turkish mentioned in the story is still relevant today, whether it's talked much about or not. Ongan's writing style has a poetic elegance that distinguishes Yasmin voice. Overall, Turquoise is a love story that would appeal to the intellectual crowd, or readers who love a novel's narration to take on a light-hearted tone.
*review copy provided through Netgalley for blog tour*
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a thrilling book - full of honest emotion and passion. Vivid descriptions of relationships and cultural conflicts. Read morePublished 22 months ago by GG
A truly heart warming story of true love that spans several decades. Love endures much in this story! A very real life tale!Published on November 25, 2012 by Irene Martin
Author Ayshe Talay-Ongan's down to earth yet mildly abstract novel, follows the seemingly star-crossed relationship between a young woman and her old friend's husband. Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Amy Edelman
The only reason I do NOT rate some books is because the books end at 97% or less and I refuse to page forward to the ratings page. This book was well written and I enjoyed it. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Grannyannie
Interesting concept....I originally liked the main character, but it is such a slow read. It's almost should have been broken down into more books rather than a daily, yearly... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by reader1
During the summer months, in particular, I am drawn to romantic and/or adventure pieces that can take me to a different part of the world, make me escape in a relationship and... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Kathy Weick
Loving this love story - find a comfy spot and curl up in your pj's with this book, because you won't be getting up until you finish!Published on July 16, 2012 by Marissa DeCuir
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Published February 2012 by Sid Harta Publishers
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