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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,407 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orhan Pamuk Narrator: John Le Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Following years of lonely political exile in Western Europe, Ka, a middle-aged poet, returns to Istanbul to attend his mother's funeral. Only partly recognizing this place of his cultured, middle-class youth, he is even more disoriented by news of strange events in the wider country: a wave of suicides among girls forbidden to wear their head scarves at school. An apparent thaw of his writer's curiosity - a frozen sea these many years - leads him to Kars, a far-off town near the Russian border and the epicenter of the suicides.

No sooner has he arrived, however, than we discover that Ka's motivations are not purely journalistic; for in Kars, once a province of Ottoman and then Russian glory, and now a cultural gray-zone of poverty and paralysis, there is also Ipek, a radiant friend of Ka's youth, lately divorced, whom he has never forgotten. As a snowstorm, the fiercest in memory, descends on the town and seals it off from the modern, Westernized world that has always been Ka's frame of reference, he finds himself drawn in unexpected directions: not only headlong toward the unknowable Ipek and the desperate hope for love, or at least a wife, that she embodies, but also into the maelstrom of a military coup staged to restrain the local Islamist radicals, and even toward God, whose existence Ka has never before allowed himself to contemplate.

In this surreal confluence of emotion and spectacle, Ka begins to tap his dormant creative powers, producing poem after poem in untimely, irresistible bursts of inspiration. But not until the snows have melted and the political violence has run its bloody course will Ka discover the fate of his bid to seize a last chance for happiness.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Iffat | 2/6/2014

    " Whether one is an atheist or a die-hard Islamist, the emotion called love over rules us all. The way Orhan has beautifully scripted his novel, with intricate descriptions-made it a very sensuous type of reading. At one point i could literally taste 'snow' on my tongue! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Crissa Cummings | 1/28/2014

    " Fascinating story and look at the cultures and people that are struggling with Islamic extremists. This is not a fast read but is very thought provoking. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Athena | 1/26/2014

    " I couldnt get into this book as it did not catch my attention but it was a good idea... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jenn | 1/20/2014

    " Thought it was a bit "lost in translation" and over written. "

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