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Author: Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely (Translator)
From the acclaimed author of My Name Is Red, comes a spellbinding tale of disparate yearnings–for love, art, power, and God–set in a remote Turkish town, where stirrings of political Islamism threaten to unravel the secular order. — Following years of lonely political exile in Germany, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbu...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375706868
ISBN-10: 0375706860
Publication Date: 7/19/2005
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.

3.1 stars, based on 187 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Snow on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Beautifully written and translated from Turkish. It is about a poet who returns to his homeland -- an area subject to invasion from all sorts of neighboring governments and regimes. The language itself is pure poetry. The aching of the characters is clear throughout. Excellent book. I'm better for having read it.
lectio avatar reviewed Snow on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I really hated to give up, but I just couldn't hang in there any longer. Just when I was beginning to think maybe I was catching on, I''d move on to the next paragraph only to discover I was just as lost as I'd been a few pages before. On the other hand, there was something magical and dreamlike about the way I kept getting drawn into the narrative which is why I kept reading even though I was totally bewildered (much like being in a dream.) And I very much liked the way Pamuk kept using the image of the snow that kept falling and falling and falling so tranquilly while at the same time so much violence was taking place. That being said, I have a hard time sticking with books that make me feel uncomfortable about not being able to understand what's going on. And this was definitely one of those books. It made me feel like I needed someone much more clever and erudite than I to give me some hints. I guess I'm getting to old to spend my time trying to figure out books that baffle me. There are are too many other ones waiting on my TBR list.
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Helpful Score: 5
This is a beautifully written book, with a flowing, poetic style. The fact that it's translated from Turkish speaks to the skill of the translator. It will pull you in to the story and open your eyes to a completely different city, culture, and political system. This may be the best book I've read this year.
Judyh avatar reviewed Snow on + 227 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I found this book fascinating. It gives an interesting view of modern-day Turkey and the conflict between religion and nationalism. Beautifully written.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a difficult but important read. The book exposed me to Turkish life and culture--not something we read a lot about here in the U.S.
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reviewed Snow on + 16 more book reviews
Snow is the story of a Turkish poet named Ka who returns to Turkey after living in Germany many years.Ka becomes interested in renewing a friendship with a woman who married another man and has now divorced him. The story also involves Ka's journalistic research of girls who are committing suicide allegedly because they are not permitted by Turkish secular law to wear the veil. It is almost the opposite of what is going on in other countries where women are required to wear the veil.

This is an excellent book and beautifully written. It gives you insight to the lives of women in Turkey . Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel prize for literature. There was some controversy over his selection. I have also read "MY NAME IS RED" and enjoyed it immensely. The writing styles are very different . I am currently reading Istanbul, the memoir of Orhan Pamuk.
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This book is phenomenal. Had to read it for a literature course at Salve Regina University. It's about Turkish poverty and the struggles that one man searches for in order to find out his identity and go back to his roots.

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