Snow

Snow

Book - 2004
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Dread, yearning, identity, intrigue, the lethal chemistry between secular doubt and Islamic fanaticism-these are the elements that Orhan Pamuk anneals in this masterful, disquieting novel. An exiled poet named Ka returns to Turkey and travels to the forlorn city of Kars. His ostensible purpose is to report on a wave of suicides among religious girls forbidden to wear their head-scarves. But Ka is also drawn by his memories of the radiant Ipek, now recently divorced. Amid blanketing snowfall and universal suspicion, Ka finds himself pursued by figures ranging from Ipek's ex-husband to a charismatic terrorist. A lost gift returns with ecstatic suddenness. A theatrical evening climaxes in a massacre. And finding god may be the prelude to losing everything else. Touching, slyly comic, and humming with cerebral suspense, Snow is of immense relevance to our present moment.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2004.
ISBN: 9780375706868
0375706860
9780375406973
0375406972
Characteristics: 425 p. ;,25 cm.

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stewstealth
May 08, 2017

An evocative and haunting look at life in a small border city in Turkey, which in the larger picture is attempting to deal with its past and its future. The smaller picture of the novel is how people deal with life in such a setting. Some of the poetic aspect of the novel is surely lost in translation, however the strong themes come through very clearly. Worth reading if you are interested.

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pridi_o
Apr 17, 2017

Beautiful book. Sad. Funny. Poetic.
Very touching, moving… Very European...

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santiano9
Dec 26, 2015

While the writing was excellent I could not wade through the lean story amid the politics. Just not my cup of tea,

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lukasevansherman
Mar 02, 2014

I think it's safe to say that Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk is Turkey's greatest living novelist (Go ahead, name another Turkish novelist) and that this is his most famous and well-regarded book. Turkey is a country caught between Europe and the Middle East, between the future and the past, between secularism and Islam and Pamuk eloquently and perceptively captures these tensions in this novel about an exiled poet returning home. The mixture of the political and personal reminded me somewhat of Czech novelists like Kundera and Klima.

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Hovey1
Dec 26, 2012

Terrible writing,
No Plot's
Terrible book
Terrible author

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Sunny222
Jan 10, 2010

I liked this book as a window onto life in an isolated part of Turkey, and as a story in which Islam is featured. A way to learn about another culture and religion different than my own. Engaging and funny at times, but I found it a bit slow and hard to grasp in places.

AD_Library Aug 08, 2009

One of Turkey’s most notable and admired authors takes us on a journey delving into the blurry push-pull lines between Secular Turkey and the rise of Fundamentalists. Ka, a poet who was exiled to Germany, returns to Istanbul for his mother’s funeral. There he hears of a suicide epidemic in Kars (the east side of Turkey) by young Muslim girls who have been banned from wearing their headscarves at school. Posing as a journalist, Ka travels to Kars to investigate the situation (but also is chasing after his lost love, Ipek, who makes her home there) and finds his atheist mentality confused by Blue, an admired “rebel” who has a romance with Ipek’s sister, Kadife. The work is a translated text, which perhaps impacted my opinion of the writing, which is tender and detailed, but perhaps not to my taste.
Two stars (out of five)

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Sunny222
Jan 10, 2010

“Everything in the world is interconnected and I too am inextricably linked to this deep and beautiful world.” (Chapter 32).

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