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Whilst written over ten years ago, my current reading of this dazzling book revealed a name and a talent that was initially new and very exciting.
I remember my own disappointment in wondering why, again, had John Updike been looked over for the Noble prize. Gratifying to reflect now that early nuture and attention was afforded to the obscured source of so much that I am now enjoying was in the gift of Updike’s vision.
Very easy, I’m sure to list the literary links and compact the comparisons into an overview of this book. There is no comfortable route out of this narrative once you start - you have to stick with it, have to. The apologists, the contradictions, the associations and the explanations come by rotation - I found myself hooked, lined and sinkered by each of the arguments that Pamuk lays out in turn Turkey.
Nothing here is written from anything other than the position of the insider’s authority. It is shocking by dint of its authenticity and feeds straight into yesterday and today’s headlines. I found myself, stopping at points and marveling that the book is ten years old. Nothing has changed and yet, what ten years ago was unfamiliar and a bit of a blind alley to wander down once the objective historical perspective had been brush cut away - is today’s news headline tomorrow’s fear and the round the doors reality of where we have arrived in such a short space of time.
It’s as if Noam Chomsky wrote fiction - we’ll give Pamuk the benefit of the existentialist doubt on some of those post-modern literaturisms (although to be fair they do work!) - but entertaining, engaging stories that mirror the past and the sad new direction that our world is currently choosing to take in our now all but post-globalisationalised world.
If you don’t know Orhan Pamuk, know him. If you haven’t read him, read it.
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The book is dripping and easy to listen. This is the first audio book I listened and I really enjoyed the narrating. I'd definitely recommend the narrator!