Sofia Hardcover – April 1, 1996
"Dovetail" by Karen McQuestion
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312861100
- Hardcover : 364 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312861109
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Forge; 1st edition (April 1, 1996)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,547,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I thought this book was supposed to about a young European girl's experience in a Turkish harem during the Ottomen empire, but it's really just a coming of age tale about the young man Giorgio and what he suffers for being in unrequited love.
I did not particularly like Giorgio, and since the book was written in first person, it was very difficult to get through. I kept hoping at some point it would actually be about what the preview says, but like previously mentioned any chapters directly about Sofia are few and far between.
Sofia was a pleasure to read, with its prose reminding me of the complex seriousness of Neal Stephenson, mixed a bit with the cerebral, sanguine feel of Isabell Allende.
The story itself is rich in contemporary historical detail, though not so much insofar as historical facts and events are reviewed, rather that the mindset and daily facts off life are portrayed accurately. The characters are well developed, the dialogue sharp and the story ark entertaining.
Most enjoyable to me were the thought provoking passages, such as the one on page 23 where the main character elegantly weaves together the anonymity of a costume party with what women wearing a full face hijab might feel throughout their lives.
I'm giving this book five stars because it has been a fun and intelligent read. The fact that we meet the author and that she signed our copy has not biased this opinion! Sofia is a mature work of literary art on par with books like ' the physician' by noah gordon. Buy it and support your local artists!