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It is , a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Füsun. Editorial Reviews. tioplacsubhesu.ml Review. site Best Books of the Month, November The story of Kemal, the half-hearted industrialist who is the hero of. Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence. Some writers have always been identified with particular cities: Dickens and London, Dostoevsky.
There is a master at work in this book. Istanbul—its sounds, its smells, its history—permeates everything. A classic, spacious love story. Engrossing and sensual. Granular and panoramic, satirical and yet grounded in reality.
Great writers have made the failed love stories of desperate, self-involved men pulsate. A master, like Pamuk, makes the story feel vital. In its sensuousness of the life observed, its Olympian insight into the clashes of classes and professions, and its fearlessness in tackling the great themes of human existence without dilution by showiness, tricks, or superficiality, it evokes the great novels of love and obsession by Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Mann.
A tour de force. Museum digs deep into memory, and the inescapability of the past. And just as Dostoyevsky did in critiquing a Russia that looked outward to Europe rather than inward to find its soul, Pamuk portrays an upper class that takes its cues from the West, while threatening to dislodge itself from its native culture. A haunting and evocative depiction of the passion and frailty of youth and beauty and of the enduring character of memory.
Reading The Museum of Innocence , most readers will find themselves falling deeply in love with that magical city. His writing [is] lush, grand and masterful. Beyond the brilliant story line and the exquisite writing and imagery lies the soul of a man laid bare, a man who we should find at best intolerable and at worst possibly despicable but who yet finds such joy in this single-minded love that we cannot help but admire him.
An expansive, delicate and deceptively straightforward romance. Against the backdrop of a shifting, evolving city, attracted to, yet sceptical of, the West, Pamuk gracefully, at times teasingly, pursues his themes of memory, custom and sacrifice. Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book!
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Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Snow Vintage International. Orhan Pamuk. The Signature of All Things: A Novel. Elizabeth Gilbert. Caimh McDonnell. Editorial Reviews site. The story of Kemal, the half-hearted industrialist who is the hero of The Museum of Innocence , Orhan Pamuk's first novel since he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, is a deeply private one, built around an often inexplicable obsession that he attempts to justify to the reader.
From Kemal's passion Pamuk constructs a masterful meditation on time, desire, and possession, saturated with the details of the city of Pamuk's youth: Starred Review.
Nobel laureate Pamuk's latest is a soaring, detailed and laborious mausoleum of love. During Istanbul's tumultuous s, Kemal Bey, year-old son of an upper-class family, walks readers through a lengthy catalogue of trivial objects, which, though seeming mundane, hold memories of his life's most intimate, irretrievable moments. Though its incantatory middle suffers from too many indistinguishable quotidian encounters, this is a masterful work.
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Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. I read this as a school requirement for my study abroad to Turkey.
It was good as opposed to a traditional history book. I liked the book, but it ran a bit slow, was really obsessive and came off creepy. All of the characters were really annoying and hard to relate to. Kinda of an affair no one would want to be apart of. I am still open to reading some of his other works though because my teacher said this wasn't the style of all his books.
I did visit the actual Museum of Innocence while I was in Turkey which was interesting just because its weird. A man wrote a fictional work and then spent time finding actual objects to create a museum with including hundreds of cigarette butts. If you read the book its worth it to go to the museum while you are in Turkey.
This is an enjoyable read that is very smoothly narrated, with an easy-going quality. The story is divided into numerous small segments that serve well as digestible bite-size chunks, each one a temptation to read the next. Structurally it is also flawed, however- it drags on too long and could be improved by the ommission of four or five chapters of extraneous detail that go nowhere and contribute little to the plot.
The author documents every detail of Turkish domestic life in the 's with the zeal of a curator, but goes slightly overboard. Despite this he manages to hold the tension right through to the final denouement, with his appealing and delightful evocation of romantic feeling. The tragic ending is far too predictable though, and it follows an age-old literary pattern: For once it would have been so much more satisfying to let love continue into old age.
Pamuk parodies lovesickness and the cult of virginity to ridiculous levels. We are expected to believe that a wealthy and succesful 30 yr old man would obsess to the point of pursuing his lost love for 8 years without even a hint of reciprocation or encouragement from her; that he is ecstatic to ceremoniously rub himself down in the hint of scent lingering on her discarded cigarette butts; we are asked to accept that she spends 8 years in a marriage that is never consummated.
Given that Pamuk humorously chooses to resort to such an unoriginal formula, it strikes me that we are probably being asked to view this tale in light of its wider concepts. The heroine Fusun, while adorable, is essentially a powerless figure. Her charm lies in her non-threatening girlish cuteness, her attractiveness in the somewhat inept lack of threat she presents to the patriarchy.
Reliant on her looks and the favours of men to get ahead, she is also continually trapped, hampered and subtly controlled by men. In a male-dominated society still repressed by islamic tradition, she can find no way to self-development, self-expression or self-realisation. Her only escape, therefore, her only means of taking control of her own life, is ultimately suicide, and that becomes the most powerful action she undertakes.
Despite the absurd review from the Washington post on the front cover "with this book he literally puts love in our hands! The protagonist, Kemal, lives entirely for his own gratification and never puts the interests of his "beloved" first. A self-absorbed and pampered young man from a priveleged background, he never really gains the readers sympathy and while much of the intimacy is touchingly worded, it still reads like a parody of a sixteenth century chivalric romance.
Ultimately Fusun is objectified for her beauty and in the final pages there is a strong sense of her being just another trophy, a prized possesion to be collected and looked at. It is almost as if the author is unaware of having created this final impression.
Hardcover Verified download. As I read this book, nearly giving up several times, I kept asking, "Does the world really need another novel about a man obsessed with an unobtainable woman? Didn't Proust and Nabokov cover that ground pretty well? Just try to find an interesting metaphor or captivating turn of phrase in this book!
The only element that really kept me going was the museum references, which at first I took to be the one literary conceit of the book, but gradually realized was meant literally--the guy really did plan to build a museum to memorialize his love. But finally I was glad to have finished the novel just to have that last sentence rear up and reward me with a slap me in the face No no no! Do NOT jump ahead and read that final sentence!