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(((FREE BOOK))) ↞ Snow ☟ A Spellbinding Tale Of Disparate Yearnings For Love, Art, Power, And God Set In A Remote Turkish Town, Where Stirrings Of Political Islamism Threaten To Unravel The Secular Order By The Winner Of The 2006 Nobel Prize For Literature.From The Acclaimed Author Of My Name Is Red Comes A Spellbinding Tale Of Disparate Yearnings For Love, Art, Power, And God Set In A Remote Turkish Town, Where Stirrings Of Political Islamism Threaten To Unravel The Secular Order 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 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, 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 Blending Profound Sympathy And Mischievous Wit, Snow Illuminates The Contradictions Gripping The Individual And Collective Heart In Many Parts Of The Muslim World But Even , By Its Narrative Brilliance And Comprehension Of The Needs And Duties


10 thoughts on “Snow

  1. Lisa Lisa says:

    A mystery A social case study.A culture clash.A literary masterpiece.Unreliable narrators.Misogyny.Protest.Political campaigns.Multiple truths.Diverse realities.Deeply moving characters.Darkly funny storylines.Religious fundamentalism.Arrogant humanism.Liberal press coverage.Fake News.National identity divergences This novel contains so many different strands, I am hopelessly incapable of reviewing it Ever since I first read it, just after Orhan Pamuk received the Nobel Prize, it has been one A mystery A social case study.A culture clash.A literary masterpiece.Unreliable narrators.Misogyny.Protest.Political ...


  2. Hallie Hallie says:

    After finishing this book I felt virtuous, relieved Then baffled, irritated, and finally dismissive Other Good Reads reviewers express the desire to like this book, but proceed to be confused, bored, and insecure Most wrap up with the dismal feeling that they didn t GET it, and so didn t succeed in really liking it I felt the same, but in addition was supremely annoyed and turned off by it I m not so good at post modern fiction to begin with, but I decided to leave my bias at the door becau After finishing this book ...


  3. Jaidee Jaidee says:

    5 provocative, desolate, yearnful stars To read Snow is to laugh loudly and cry quietly Kars, a small city in northeast Turkey, a backwater that had glory days and multiple conquerings over the centuries There are Turks, Kurds, Azeris and a few Russians Most of the men are unemployed and spend their days in teahouses discussing politics and religion They are demoralized and oppress their women and children.Ka is a poet of Turkish descent who now lives in Frankfurt and is a political ex 5 provocative, desolate, yearnful stars To read Snow is to laugh loudly and cry quietly Kars, a small city in northeast Turkey, a backwater that had glory days and multiple conquerings over the centuries There are Turks, Kurds, Azeris and a few Russians Most of the men are unemployed and spend their days in teahouses discussing politics ...


  4. N W James N W James says:

    Nine Reasons I strongly disliked this book 1 The author made himself a character in his story I just don t like that I always wonder if they had writer s block and couldn t invent a fictional character to take the reins.2 A snowflake diagram of poetry is involved I ll say no3 The men in this novel are whiny, infantile, and fall in love with every woman they encounter 4 In the same paragraph the female lead character is described as seething in hatred and laughing adoringly at th Nine Reasons I strongly disliked this book 1 The author made himself a character in his story I just don t like that I always wonder if they had writer s block and couldn t invent a fictional character to take the reins.2 A snowflake diagram of poetry is involved I ll say no3 The men in this novel are whiny, infantile, and fall in love with eve...


  5. Bill Kerwin Bill Kerwin says:

    The expatriate poet Ka returns to his native Turkey ostensibly to investigate a growing number of suicides among head scarf girls for an article in a German newspaper, but actually to reconnect with the beautiful divorcee Ipek whom he knew in college While there, he is caught up in religious and political intrigue I thought the book was too long, and the characters didn t interest me much, but I really liked the way Nobel prize winner Pamuk creates the atmosphere of the small city of Kars a The expatriate poet Ka returns to his native...


  6. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    An Aorist CountryReligion is rarely about dogma or belief and almost always about membership in a group and the feeling of belonging it creates Snow is an absurdist novel about religion as community and its communal conflicts.The protagonist, Ka, is a sort of thirty something adolescent who finds himself in a blizzard, in love, in a state ruled by paranoia, and in the midst of a local revolution begun by a provincial theatre group remarkably like a Turkish version of Heinrich Boll s Clown Th An Aorist CountryReligion is rarely about dogma or belief and almost always about membership in a group and the feeling of belonging it creates Snow is an absurdist novel about religion as community and it...


  7. Darcy Darcy says:

    view spoiler In a lot of ways, Snow isn t much different from some of Pamuk s other novels Ka wanders around Kars just as Galip wanders around Istanbul in The Black Book, and Ka s vacillation between acute perception of others and paralytic insecurities about himself is straight from Black in My Name is Red It s almost as though Pamuk keeps writing the same novel over and over a novel about how men define themselves, particularly those men who discover they no longer seem to fit into the ve view spoiler In a lot of ways, Snow isn t much different from some of Pamuk s other novels Ka wanders around Kars just as Galip wanders around Istanbul in The Black Book, and Ka s vacillation between acute perception of others and paralytic insecurities about himself is straight from Black in M...


  8. hadashi hadashi says:

    This novel has won a zillion prizes, and has received deafening international acclaim for the way it takes on the clash of the Islamic fundamentalist East secular West while retaining the humanity of its characters I disagree The book starts out fine, but it devolves into this really odd stream of consciousness craziness that feels like a fever dream and makes little sense of events at the end In addition, the narrator keeps telling you what s going to happen big stuff, like deaths, e This novel has won a zillion prizes, and has received deafening international acclaim for the way it takes on the clas...


  9. Jim Fonseca Jim Fonseca says:

    Written in 2002, this novel predates Pamuk s winning of the Nobel Prize in 2006 The main character is a Turkish emigre, one of many who live in Germany He is returning home after years away We are told he ran into political difficulties with his poetry and decided to leave Turkey He returns to Turkey ostensibly for his mother s funeral, but he has also learned through the grapevine that an old flame of his is now divorced His instinct is that this journey will change his life Once back in Written in 2002, this novel predates Pamuk s winning of the Nobel Prize in 2006 The main character is a Turkish emigre, one of many who live in Germany He is returning home after years away We are told he ran into political difficulties with his poetry and decided to leave Turkey He returns to Turkey os...


  10. Zinta Zinta says:

    I read a few sample pages of Snow in the bookstore, drawn by its blurry, snowy cover drawn by a recent New York Times review drawn by its non westernized roots in Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk drawn, too, by curiosity at this recent Nobel Prize winner for literature The first few pages mesmerized me, the scene of a Turkish poet riding a bus through the snow capturing my imagination even as I left the bookstore The silence of snow, thought the man sitting just behind the bus driver If this we I read a few sample pages of Snow in the bookstore, drawn by its blurry, snowy cover drawn by a recent New York Times review drawn by its non westernized roots in Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk drawn, too, by curiosity at this recent Nobel Prize winner for literature The first few pages mesmerized me, the scene of a Turkish poet riding a ...