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Morning People Paperback – April 16, 2017
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About the Author
Sevda Khatamian, nineteen eighty-nine, her family was already living in Tehran when she was born in the month of July. Although her parents were in touch with friends and other members of the family, it was mostly the four of them hanging out together. Her father used to run his own business and her mother worked in a hospital. Later she became a lawyer. Soheil, her older brother, moved abroad right after he graduated from high school. Sevda took the same path and moved out of the country by the time she was eighteen. After six years of living in Ankara, studying, working, and eventually living an unemployed life concentrated on personal creative projects, she decided to move to Istanbul, and discover life on another level, and back up new experiences for the future. She now travels as an artist in residence, and lives in different countries for short periods of time. She believes creativity dawns as she moves along with the road.
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Being stream of consciousness, the author jumps from one thing to the next, but interestingly, although nothing whatsoever that she relates is of any great interest, or is particularly perspicacious, you are carried along with the force of the writing as if born on the torrent of words. Strong writing indeed. This is literary exuberance at its best and deserves considerable praise for that.
It is the second book by this author, and it will be interesting to see if in her next work she begins to inject either a theme, a sense of purpose, or a narrative thread.
This second book stands, nonetheless, as a remarkable example of literary strength and is a tribute to the writer.
Author: Sevda Khatamian
Blurb/Theme : Morning People is a memoir, selective series of moments of an everyday life in an endless city with friends living along the same path, observing the twisted and bitter beauties of the city, and keeping track of unexpected incidents along the way, random stuff that seemed unimportant, but gained meaning when seen in the perspective of time. It’s the story of the city that was surrounded by bad news, and the stormy political rain pouring in the area was not settling down for good
The book cover is very simple but I liked the font.
Everyday the same routine life happens and as rightly pointed out, no one has the time to see sun rise or sunset. The moments are to be lived. Everyone is running after money and fame and most of the time this leaves a confused, chaotic and sorrowful life. No one has the time even for an eulogy!
So many times people are labeled as creating chaos in one’s life but I am of the opinion that we can shut the gate of our mind ourselves when we have the priorities right.
A house should be filled with laughter, with children, with love coupled with real hugs and passionate kisses and not with fights over money or ego or relationships.
This book has perfectly portrayed daily life events and moments and very well explains that they do have the perfect meaning in life.
I read the author travels to different countries and I would like to invite her to India in the month of July to celebrate her birthday with us.
I enjoyed reading this book and I wish the author all the very best for her future authorship works.
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This young foreigner does not shy away from the darker side of her adopted city: the poverty hidden among the terrtaced apartments and the cold, unforgiving days when there is no money for heat. She also expresses the daily struggle of life as an immigrant, as she tries to pay for her transportation in the city and her telephone service, an integral part of her life among young roommates and staying in touch with her family. Throughout the book, she poses a veneer of gaiety as she makes new friends and spends her money on cafes, but there is a sense of violence, perhaps trauma, underlying it all, as she continues to escape a country that is too upsetting to watch on the news.
At one point, the character is eating out with friends. She slips into what appears to be a feeling of alienation. Her words are poignant but her meaning mystifies as she writes: “My brain lets me know that it’s freaked out, and it couldn’t do much for me at that moment. Sit calm and look away, it probably ordered to the rest of my body. It happens a lot, and sometimes never. Feeling uncomfortable, facing the unexpected, sipping distasteful emotions. Although, after a few years of life experience, I’ve learned that keeping a neutral silence is the best solution. Keep touching the fingertips. Let things take place by themselves, just as they would anyway.”
There is a Gertrude Stein quality to this writer’s work. Stein, who rebuffed the use of quotation marks and scoffed at literary rules, reasoned that no writer should be shackled by the expectations of others. As a result, this book’s character slips into thoughts, dialogue, and memories without a hint of a quotation mark. For the reader, it involves climbing into someone else's brain and plowing through thoughts and feelings. It involves figuring out if the character is thinking, talking out loud, or conversing with someone else.
However, there are sensitive nuances and varying layers of reality this talented author portrays in her writing. There is also beauty and ongoing collective truth when she writes: "There are a lot of things you need to take care of before you could think about the color of the sun when it rises or sets. People are busy—no time to look up. They might be going to work, or on their way to visit a friend they know, and we don’t. They might miss the ferry. Sun and clouds, very distant from our everyday lives."
I received a copy of this book without promise of a review.