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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,122 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orhan Pamuk Narrator: Emrhys Cooper, Jonathan Cowley, John Lee, Juliet Mills, Steve West Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an old mansion in Cennethisar, a former fishing village near Istanbul, a widow, Fatma, awaits the annual summer visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idealistic young doctor, ran afoul of the sultan’s grand vizier and arrived to serve the poor fishermen. Now mostly bedridden, she is attended by her constant servant Recep, a dwarf, and the doctor’s illegitimate son. Despite mutual dependency, there is no love lost between mistress and servant, who have very different recollections, and grievances, from the early years, before Cennethisar grew into a high-class resort surrounding the family house, now in shambles.

Though eagerly anticipated, Fatma’s grandchildren bring little consolation. The eldest, Faruk, a dissipated historian, wallows in alcohol as he laments his inability to tell the story of the past from the kaleidoscopic pieces he finds in the local archive; his sensitive leftist sister, Nilgün, has yet to discover the real-life consequences of highminded politics; and Metin, a high school nerd, tries to keep up with the lifestyle of his spoiled society schoolmates while he fantasizes about going to America, an unaffordable dream unless he can persuade his grandmother to tear down her house.

But it is Recep’s nephew Hasan, a high school dropout, lately fallen in with right-wing nationalists, who will draw the visiting family into the growing political cataclysm issuing from Turkey’s tumultuous century-long struggle for modernity.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “So very pleasurable.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Propulsive…The author’s most accessible novel to date…The work of a great engineer.”

    Washington Post

  • “Luminous and stylistically inventive…Energetic and exuberant.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Impressive…It proves once and for all that Pamuk is truly one of the world’s most versatile fiction writers, no matter the language in which he is read.”

    New York Observer

  • One of the 2012 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/2/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. I was a little bored and there didn't seem to be a point to the story. If someone has read this and it has a phenomenal ending...let me know and I will try to finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 1/19/2014

    " I know this is an early novel and so understand why I enjoyed Red and Snow much more.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tonymess | 1/2/2014

    " This novel is written in five different first person voices over 32 chapters. The narrative being linear and picking up with a new set of eyes where the last narrator left off. For a full review visit my blog at messybooker.blogspot.com "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Carolyn | 12/13/2013

    " Not for me. I hate books with long stream-of-consciousness ramblings, that go on page after page with not even paragraphs to break them up. I couldn't get past the third chapter. "

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