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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

  • Title: Snow
  • Author: Orhan Pamuk Maureen Freely
  • ISBN: 9780375706868
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 remoteA 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

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    1. Lisa on said:

      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 [...]

    2. Hallie on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Jaidee on said:

      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 [...]

    4. N W James on said:

      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 no more. 3. 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 [...]

    5. BillKerwin on said:

      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 [...]

    6. BlackOxford on said:

      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 [...]

    7. Darcy on said:

      (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 [...]

    8. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan : Snow - Nevisande : Orhan Pamuk - ISBN : 375706860 - ISBN13 : 9780375706868 - Dar 463 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2002

    9. hadashi on said:

      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 death [...]

    10. Zinta on said:

      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 [...]

    11. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Kar = Snow, c2002, Orhan Pamuk (1952)عنوان: برف؛ نویسنده: اورهان پاموک؛ برگردان: شهرام دشتی، مشخصات نشر: تهران، البرز، 1386، در 624 ص، شابک: 9789644425608؛ چاپ پیشین: با ترجمه: سیمین موحد؛ نشر ورجاوند، 1385، در 687 ص. شابک: 9647656572؛ ترجمه از متن انگلیسی؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ترک، ترکیه، قرن 21 مبرف؛ اثر: ا [...]

    12. Jim Fonseca on said:

      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 [...]

    13. Sidharth Vardhan on said:

      "To play the rebel heroine in Turkey, you don't pull off your scarf, you put it on"If you were interested in the whole controversy raised by ban of veil in France a few years ago, then this book too might interest you. It is based on real events in a modern and secular Turkey. Here too there is a ban on wearing head-scarves in universities and like, though this is in a country where the majority of the population is Muslim but rulers are still liberals (or rather ultra-liberals). As a consequenc [...]

    14. Liza Bolitzer on said:

      I have to say, it's been a while since I liked a novel as much as this one and it's been even longer that I've had the chance to lie on a beach and read for a week, so I will say that you may want to take this review with a grain of sand. Pamuk reminded me of what really defines a novel, what moves it beyond a series of events and into a world and Pamuk's Kars is certainly its own world, full of characters whose degree of nuance is exactly as deep as those in a real place--in life you don't know [...]

    15. Spider the Doof Warrior on said:

      Say you pay 100 dollars for good seats at a show. You're so excited and full of anticipation. You sit down in your seat and hear the familiar strains of the instruments tuning.Only for the ensemble to sit, instruments in their hand doing absolutely nothing for 4 minutes and 33 seconds! 4 minutes and 33 seconds of COUGHING, fidgeting and someone shouting "When are they going to start?"This is how this book is to me. You think it's going to be brilliant because it won a Nobel prize. Surely it shou [...]

    16. بثينة العيسى on said:

      رواية قديرة. استحقت كل ساعة أمضيتها معها. التجريب الذي مارسه باموق هنا في الكتابة بالصوت العليم، الذي هو في الباطن صوتٌ ذاتي، عظيمة. والشخوص المتراوحة ما بين قطبين متضادين، الشخوص المركبة والغنية والخصبة يستطيع المرء أن يكتب لأجلها كتبًا.

    17. Anna on said:

      Το βιβλίο είναι φάση η-μικρή-Αννούλα-πήγε-στη-δημοτική-βιβλιοθήκη-και-είπε-να-γνωρίσει-τον-κόσμο. Ακολουθεί επομένως κριτική ανάλογου επιπέδου. .Από καιρό ήθελα να διαβάσω έργο του Παμούκ και με μια μικρή έρευνα που έκανα (βασικά στο ) είδα ότι όλα του τα βιβλία θεωρούνται το [...]

    18. Stephanie on said:

      I would not have finished this book except for reading it for the book club. I haven't been this bored by a book in a long time.

    19. Nelson Zagalo on said:

      “Neve” saiu em 2002, mas foi escrito entre abril de 1999 e dezembro de 2001, e isto é importante pelo que aconteceu a 11 setembro de 2001, um evento que marcaria a consciência do ocidente, ou melhor, a falta de consciência do ocidente para com o Médio Oriente. Depois disso os media ajudaram a que todo o ocidente se tornasse especialista em terroristas, bombas, ataques suicidas, extremismo, pobreza e pouco mais. Para compreender do que falamos, quando falamos da Turquia, Irão, Síria, Ir [...]

    20. downinthevalley on said:

      Ka-Kar-KarsEtkilendiğim kitaplar, filmler ve hatta bazen şarkılar ile bağlantısı bulunan şehirler ve mekanlarda bulununca bir'tamamlanmışlık'hissi ile doluyorum. En sevdiğim yazarlardan biri olan Orhan Pamuk'un okumaya yıllar önce Yeni Hayat ile başlamış; kitaplarını çabuk tüketmek istememiştim. Kars yolculuğum kesinleşince zihnimdeki noktalar birleşti ve gitmeden önce Kar'ı okumak istedim. Okuduktan sonra Kars'a gittiğimde ise her şeyi tek tek yaşadım, karakterleri [...]

    21. Owlseyes on said:

      Surah Al-Ahzaab, Verse #59 ‘O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks veils all over their bodies that is most convenient that they should be known and not molested: and Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful."Ka is travelling by bus: a white scenario outside unfolds: it’s snow, relentlessly falling…and he falls asleep.Ka, or Kerim Alakuşoğlu, a Turkish poet, returns to Kars, an old and small city north-east of Turkey. Kerim, a 42-yea [...]

    22. Niledaughter on said:

      I read excellent reviews here ; which convinced me that I can not add any new ! but since I am a Muslim & An Arab ; I could feel a lot of the depth of this book which showed me Turkey with a very cruel -but caring- anatomy that even the brilliant sarcasm made it more painful! By considering this fictional book as a new and useful approach for me to what are not so far different wounds from ours ; I will write my wordsFor me ; it is a magnificent novel , a heart breaking one ; discussing the [...]

    23. Sotiris Karaiskos on said:

      Ως τώρα δεν είχα ασχοληθεί καθόλου με τον Orhan Pamuk, κάτι που είναι φυσικά ασυγχώρητο, οπότε εμπνεόμενος από τις καιρικές συνθήκες του φετινού χειμώνα επέλεξα να αρχίσω από αυτό εδώ το βιβλίο. Σε αυτό ο σπουδαίος Τούρκος συγγραφέας μας μεταφέρει σε μία μικρή πόλη στα βάθη της Α [...]

    24. Kelly on said:

      When Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize in 2006, his Nobel Lecture, entitled “My Father’s Suitcase” contained many passages expressing what he felt it was to be a writer, why it was that writing was essential to his life. There are a few phrases that I believe directly explain both the reasons for this novel's existence and why it is written the way it is:"A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him, and the world that makes him who he isI wri [...]

    25. Shuhan Rizwan on said:

      জার্মানির রাজনৈতিক আশ্রয় থেকে দীর্ঘদিন পরে নিজের শহর কার্স-এ ফিরলো কবি কেরিম আলাক্সুগুলু, একে আমরা কা নামেই চিনবো। পরের কয়েকটা দিন সেই ছোট্টো শহর কার্স একেবারে বিচ্ছিন্ন হয়ে ছিটকে গেলো দুন [...]

    26. Cheryl on said:

      And the quiet of this empty city was as if the world had come to an end, and it was snowing.If this were the beginning of a poem, he would have called the thing he felt inside him the silence of snow.He walked the city in the cold, alone with his poems. Around him, snowflakes formed a blanket of white silence. He traversed Kars, a remote city in Turkey, where he found the poor forgotten, where democracy he saw was nonexistent and the Western world shunned. He, a prodigal son, never fully welcome [...]

    27. Elizabeth (Alaska) on said:

      This book came to my attention nearly 4 years ago, soon after I became a member of . So, when it came up as an option for this quarter's challenge, I happily put it on my list. I was too stubborn to put it down.The prose is pedestrian and uninteresting, occasionally boring. There is no real character development. The women are beautiful (or fat), and one of the important, but minor, characters has blue eyes. That doesn't count as character development. My biggest objection, however, is content. [...]

    28. Marieke on said:

      This is my fourth Pamuk novel and the more of his work i read, the more i want to read his work. The first one i read, i read in college: The White Castle. All i can remember is that i really liked it and it made me want to read Pamuk (i need to re-read it now). Then a few years out of college, i got My Name is Red and tried to read it. This was well before and i didn't have anyone to save me from frustration, so i stopped reading it thinking i'd take it up later at some point. I read it fairly [...]

    29. Nazmi Yaakub on said:

      Snow novel pemenang Hadiah Nobel (Kesusasteraan) 2006, Orhan Pamuk, diterjemahkan Maureen Freely, mengangkat kekeliruan manusia untuk mengakui kewujudan Tuhan dan mencari cinta sebenar di tengah-tengah pertembungan antara pemikiran Islam yang radikal dengan kebebasan idea Barat.Berlatarbelakangkan kota kecil di kawasan pergunungan, Kars yang tersisih di timur Anatolia, Turki, novel ini menampilkan Kerim Alakusoglu atau lebih dikenali sebagai Ka, penyair yang menjadi pelarian politik di Jerman se [...]

    30. Jale on said:

      2015 biterken ve 2016'nın başlarında, üstelik Kars'a doğru yola çıktığımda okumaya başladım. Kar, Kars, hüzün ve terk edilmişlik duygularının kendini hissettirdiği romanda geçen yerleri aradım Kars sokaklarında. Tren garı, Karadağ oteli, çay ocaklarının bazıları, 400 yıllık köprü, hamam ve bahsettiği evler yerinde dururken Yeni Hayat Pastanesi'ni bulamadım. Benim için memleket kokulu kitaptır. Ve elbet de hüzün kokulu

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