The Oracle of Stamboul
A magical historical novel about an astonishing eight-year-old girl in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. It is 1877, on the shores of the Black Sea, and the omens for the newborn Eleonora Cohen are hardly promising. Not only does her mother die in childbirth, but her village is being attacked... show more
A magical historical novel about an astonishing eight-year-old girl in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. It is 1877, on the shores of the Black Sea, and the omens for the newborn Eleonora Cohen are hardly promising. Not only does her mother die in childbirth, but her village is being attacked by the Tsar's Royal Cavalry. However, despite this bad beginning, a sour stepmother and a traumatic journey in the hold of a ship, young Eleonora grows into a remarkably clever but very engaging child. And when a heartbreaking tragedy leaves her marooned in Istanbul, where spies and boarded-up harems and sudden death are as much a part of life as delicious spices, Paris fashions and rosewater, it is Eleonora's extraordinary courage and character which lead her straight to the Sultan's court, and to her salvation.
Publish date: February 1st 2011
Publisher: Headline Review
Pages no: 306
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Magical Realism
A precocious young girl, an ancient prophecy, and an empire in decline—classic elements of historical fiction. But the setting (late 19th-century Ottoman Romania and Istanbul) is unusual; the heroine, Eleonora Cohen, beautifully portrayed; and the ending satisfying. My one complaint is that even an ...
Mi mette sonno la sola idea di continuare a leggerlo.. Magari lo riprendo. Chissà.
Dedication: To my siblings -Adam and Anna, Coleman and Allison -for reminding me what matters;and to Hayley,for everything.Acknowledgements at the front; what a gentleman.Opening Quote: 'Ah, Stamboul! Of all the names that can enchant me, this one re,mains the most magical.' Pierre Loti.Opening: Ele...
Wow. Beautifully written. The author uses the most delicious metaphors, and I found myself breaking off reading at times to re-read & savour some of the more striking ones. Not quite sure why it's taken my 3 weeks to read this - it's not a difficult book by any means, and the story was a bit thin in...
I was ready to be charmed. After reading too much violence and gore lately, I was ready for history and subtle intrigue. Unfortunately, The Oracle of Stamboul was flat and lifeless for me. The descriptive writing was nice in places, but I never felt the heartbeat of the characters. They moved about ...