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Snow - Orhan Pamuk, Maureen Freely
Snow
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375706868 (0375706860)
ASIN: 375706860
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 463
Edition language: English
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Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
3.0 Snow
Suffocating prose; monologues in spades; hard to understand without footnotes, which made me care less for the plot; I have a feeling English translation is not too good - at some point, accidentally, I switched from a print copy in English to an e-book in Polish and the change in the ease of readin...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it
2.0 Pamuk's Snow
In the end this book was a disappointment. As I began to read, I was intrigued, but I became less and less interested as it goes along. The book is a postmodern novel. It reads a lot like Milan Kundera and is about, love, relationships, politics, and Islam versus the West. It is somewhat dreamli...
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it
3.5 Blinding Love and the Presence of Allah: Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 17 January 2014 The Turkish novel Snow by the Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk is set in a winter of the 1990s when Ka, a middle-aged poet of small renown suffering from writer’s block, travels from his exile in Germany to the Eastern Anatoli...
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it
3.5 Blinding Love and the Presence of Allah: Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 17 January 2014 The Turkish novel Snow by the Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk is set in a winter of the 1990s when Ka, a middle-aged poet of small renown suffering from writer’s block, travels from his exile in Germany to the Eastern Anatoli...
JulieM
JulieM rated it
3.0 Snow
This book was a bit of a roller coaster ride for me. It starts out with the main character, Ka, an exiled Turkish poet returning to the small town of Kars to investigate the suicides of the 'scarf-girls' - girls who due to a new law are no longer allowed to wear their head scarves in school. The s...
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