A Strangeness in My Mind

A Strangeness in My Mind

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2015
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"Mevlut, an Istanbul street vendor, has spent his whole life selling a local alcoholic drink. It is the 1990s, and although there were once thousands of boza vendors walking the frozen streets of the city, Mevlut now cuts a lonely figure on snowy winter nights. Falling deeply into debt, and desperate to marry off his incompetent son and satisfy his mistress, Mevlut turns to his old friend Ferhat, who collects payments on electric bills. The partners traverse the city, Istanbul is exposed as a city with a rich and dynamic underground culture which seeps into its secular business centers and mainstream society. Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2015]
ISBN: 9780385368568
0385368569
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 18 sound discs (22 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Lee, John Rafter
Oklap, Ekin

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My first book by Orhan Pamuk. I listened to half on CDs while driving, but it is so long that, even with a renewal, I wasn't able to finish it. So I turned in the CD version and got the book version. An amazing book: someone wrote somewhere that Pamuk is kind of like Dickens -- I agree. In the book format, there are a few helpful features from the editors : there's a diagram explaining relationship of the characters and families. There's also a helpful timeline. Finally, I don't think I've ever seen this in fiction: an index! I loved the fact that there is an index, even though I didn't need to use it. Long live Mevlut, the boza seller, who promises to sell boza until the end of the world! He is my hero!

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"Our hero Mevlut was tall, of strong yet delicate build, and good-looking. He had a boyish face, light brown hair, and alert, clever eyes, a combination that roused many a tender feeling among women. This boyishness, which Mevlut carried well into his forties, and its effect on women were two of his essential features, and it will be worth my reminding readers of them now and again to help to explain some aspects of the story. As for Mevlut's optimism and goodwill -- which some would call naivete -- of these, there will be no need for reminding, as they will be clear to see throughout" (This quotation is from the first page of the first chapter.).

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