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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Forget Me Not (1)

Forget me not is a weekly meme hosted by The Thoughts of a Book Junky and dedicated to books that are not brand new but still worthy of reading and are on our TBR list.

Today's highlight is:
Istanbul: Memories and the City by Orhan Pamuk, English version was published in 2005. This is not a fiction; more likely a portrait of a city in the eye of Orhan Pamuk, one of the greatest writer of our time. He's one of my favorite author; won Nobel Prize in 2006 for his book: My Name is Red.

Reminiscent of works by Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez, Pamuk’s novels, mostly set in his native Turkey, have racked up an International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and profiles on NPR (see Snow, ***1/2 Nov/Dec 2004). Marcel Proust comes to many critics’ minds when describing Istanbul, an introspective account that transcends the memoir, as it also describes a city losing its identity. More than a city or guide book, Istanbul is "the most haunting, heartbreaking, gorgeous book ever about a city," says The San Diego Union-Tribune. Although Pamuk’s memoir concludes with his adolescence, it rings true to the universal coming-of-age experience. Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

This is a melancholic memoir about a city that experienced its downfall after the ruin of Ottoman Empire; also how the citizen deals with that, including Pamuk's family.

I don't usually put non-fiction in this blog but I make exception for this one because I really like the way Orhan Pamuk writes. By the way today we're not participate in Teaser Tuesday as usual because I read protective galley and bond not to spoil anything at least two weeks before the pub date. But I think there will be another TT next week!

Now, do you have old release in your TBR list?


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