The White Castle
From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Borges, Nabokov, and DeLillo comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West. In the 17th century, a young Italian scholar... show more
From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Borges, Nabokov, and DeLillo comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West. In the 17th century, a young Italian scholar sailing from Venice to Naples is taken prisoner and delivered to Constantinople. There he falls into the custody of a scholar known as Hoja--"master"--a man who is his exact double. In the years that follow, the slave instructs his master in Western science and technology, from medicine to pyrotechnics. But Hoja wants to know more: why he and his captive are the persons they are and whether, given knowledge of each other's most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities. Set in a world of magnificent scholarship and terrifying savagery, The White Castle is a colorful and intricately patterned triumph of the imagination. Translated from the Turkish by Victoria Holbrook.
Publish date: March 31st 1998
Pages no: 161
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Asian Literature
, Nobel Prize
, Turkish Literature
Of course he was conceited: having devoured most of what had been accomplished before his time, he turned up his nose at it all; he had no doubt he'd do better; he had no equal; he knew he was more intelligent and creative than anyone else. In short, he was an average youth. [p6]
Orhan Pamuk has won the Nobel Prize for literature and is supposed to be the premier man of letters in contemporary Turkey. However, I noted that more than one person on my friends' list on Goodreads was less than enthused with his books. Thus, instead of reading his more famous My Name is Red or Sn...
at the beginning I really liked it but after about halfway through it got unbearable although I really tried to go forward. I do not like Hoja anymore at all. I am done with him and the direction of the book goes ... couldnt do it :(
The grass is always greener. Maybe that isn't the central point of The White Castle (Honestly, how many good books actually have one central point?), but it was the one that stuck with me the most.Pamuk, in general, was suggested to me, so I went onto the Brooklyn Library's website and picked one of...
Night-time read.One should be more careful what one puts on the bedside table. This may of been a better read if I had placed it on the morning chair as I may have got more out of it. As it was, we have a master, who just happens to be paranoid schizophrenic and the mirror image of the Italian he re...
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