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Beautifully written story crossing decades of history and heartbreak. It begins with a curious twist in Orhan's grandfathers will which sends him on a journey revealing not only a family's history but an understanding of why we should not always try to forget the past.
I have to admit to not knowing much about the Armenian involvement in the war and the atrocities they suffered. After listening to this book I can understand why so many people suffer mental trauma throughout their lives as a legacy of war - how could anyone possibly forget such horrors.
Assaf Cohen's excellent narration only adds to the enjoyment of this book.
This is a beautiful, haunting book that will stay with you long after you have finished it.
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
This is a quick read, but packs a big message. It's multi generational, spanning the Armenian genocide to the early 1990s. It conveys a lot of themes-war, love, fathers/sons, family, and the notion of the oft mentioned 'past'. While it sometimes gets a little preachy and self righteous, it's an important book that captures a period of history that is often forgotten as part of the larger narrative of World War One. The narration was pretty good, but the cheesy Turkish accents were laughable.
22 of 24 people found this review helpful