Already an international best-seller, this lyrical and moving story embodies the sweep and contradictions of modern Turkey. In a rural Turkish village, young Meryem is raped by her uncle, a sheikh in a dervish order. Outcast for shaming her family, she is locked in the cellar, where she is expected to kill herself. But she is defiant. Her commando cousin, Cemal, with whom she grew up, has returned a hero from fighting terrorists in the mountains. It is he who is chosen to execute his cousin outside the town, telling her he is going to "take her to Istanbul".
In Istanbul, a celebrity professor named Irfan leaves his wife and charters a boat to sail the Aegean. By chance, these three fugitives cross paths and embark on a journey that shows what unexpected things can happen in the space between wounded people. (Translation by Cigdem Aksoy Fromm.)
©2002 O. Z. Livaneli (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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"Livaneli offers readers a fascinating look at the diversity of Turkey today in his American debut....Highly recommended." ( Library Journal)
"[A] romantic yet clear-eyed translation....Livaneli deftly folds his philosophical and political questioning into the psychology of his characters. Eye-opening and deeply moving - essential for anyone looking for decency in the world today." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kathleen on 11-06-07

A fascinating journey

The author guides his characters on a journey of self-discovery, and along the way we gain insight into the traditions, contrasts and conflicts of modern Turkey. Anna Field gives another bravura performance, adding immensely to the listener's enjoyment. The translation was a little weak on the nautical terms, but apart from that minor quibble the book was very enjoyable and added to my understanding of the region.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 16-06-08

If you liked The Kite Runner

If you liked the Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, you will enjoy this novel that also takes place in the world of Islam and explores the values and traditions of those people whose treatment of women is so different than those in the West. The author explores fully all stratas of Turkish society.

The characters were well drawn and a triumphant ending made for a satisfying listen. Anna Fields will be sadly missed as a wonderful narrator.

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