I enjoyed this book mostly because it was deeper than so many books out there today. The author writes with intelligence and beautiful word and sentence usage. I loved learning about such a fascinating country as Turkey in a time of complete change and turnover of history. My only trouble with this book was the numerous characters to try to remember and keep in order of who they are in relation to the others. Because the names are not typical (in English) it is often difficult to understand at first if the person is even male or female. That frustrated me at first, but I hung in there and was ever so glad I did as it was a book worth reading!