It is a perfect spring day in Istanbul. Kemal, a wealthy heir, is about to become engaged to the aristocratic Sibel, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shop girl. He falls in love and finds his established world of Westernized families, opulent parties, society gossip, and dining-room rituals is shattered.
©2008 Orhan Pamuk (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd
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"The Museum of Innocence"
The ability of the writer to combine beautiful descriptive writing with character development and plot structure. The book has soul.
John Lees, narrator, does a super job.
Kemal, of course. He is the ringmaster of his life and a great, rich character. He
is never easy to decipher and it will be along time before I feel I have truly discoveredI him; But then
that's the reason Pamuk is such a great writer: he lets the reader be involved.
Early on, the chapter of the sacrificial goat. The final chapters of the love story - but that would be
spoiling it for you !
Fuzun of course. An enigma, a mystery. A classic, romantic woman with a strong
Pamuk is reputedly not to everyone's taste. But why not, is beyond me. He is a
wonderful story teller. I suppose you have to work a little harder or be a little patient as he takes his
time developing the characters, plot. I love the sub-plot with Istanbul as the
"Sad and brilliant"
Proust hovers in spirit over this masterful story of obsessive love.
John Lee's reading captures beautifully the tone of the book.
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