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This book follows a Turkish family who come to England to live bringing their culture with them. The children though grow up with a more western outlook which causes untold misery when one character perceives his family's honour has been breached.
The book moves back across generations in Turkey and forward to the young adults who have been raised in England.
This is not fast-paced or gripping - it s more a slow, thinking type narrative where the characters slowly advance to the ending - which is a surprise. It is worth a listen if you like unusual authors who have a different viewpoint to British/US/Australian writers and if you enjoy a story that unfolds steadily.
Read well - no problem with the narration.
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This is a heart breaking story of twin sisters from Turkish Kurdistan who live in the second half of 20th century with customs, superstitions and restrictions alien to Western society. There are so many threads within this story that it feels like Persian carpet. The main threads are position of women within Kurdish culture, love and rivalry between siblings, pressure of community, lives of immigrants and their perception of country in which they arrived for various reasons and where they live double lives - one within family and own community, the other within the host culture which feels as strange to them as their is to us. Their own children become strangers and are forced to act as translators between cultures. All characters are so alive: Pembe, fearful when found a man that she could love, Iskender who tries to be a Kurdish man at the age of sixteen, daughter, a girl of our time who fights her own battle for equality, lovely Yunis with big heart, weak husband Adem lost between love for most unsuitable woman and addicted to gambling. Not to mention sister left in Kurdistan, barren stepmother, strong willed mother who dies during last labor with unfulfilled wish to have a son, abuser father, pontificating uncle and so on., The book is full of vignettes to make the rich picture of this contemporary story. All the clashes lead to a tragedy which is completely avoidable if only all characters in this story open their eyes and accept norms of society and time they live in, but this is impossible, so they pay a price.
The reading is so good that I nearly forgot to mention it.
Could not recommend this book more highly.
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