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Sailing Through Byzantium

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It's one minute to midnight on 27th October 1962. The Cuban missile crisis is entering its final countdown as the world prepares for nuclear winter.
But in Istanbul's old bohemian quarter, a confederacy of free spirits has gathered around a baby grand to see the night out in style. The moment is captured in a legendary photograph.
Behind them, dark ships pass along the Bosph
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Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Linen Press (first published October 28th 2013)
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Judy Abbott
Okuması zevkli bir kitap. 1960'ların başında Istanbul'u hayal gücü pek geniş küçük bir Amerikalı kızın gözünden okuyoruz. Kitabı severek okudum ama kitabın amacı nedir anlamadım. Yani Istanbul iyi güzel de konu neydi? Küçük bir kızın nükleer savaş korkusu mu? Bilemedim.
Emrecan Dogan
Bu kitabi bitirmeye cok ugrastim, bir cok sans verdim, fakat ugrasamadim. Ya kitabin orjinali bir hayli gereksiz, ya da cevirisi yapilirken anlatim cok dagilmis ve bozulmus. Devam etmek icin iyi bir sebep bulamadim...
Marit
Jul 01, 2014 Marit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Dunn
Nov 26, 2014 Peter Dunn rated it it was amazing
I must first be honest and declare an interest here in that I picked up this book, which is not my usual fare, because it was by one of my academic colleagues. In my role I do like to read a range of academic colleagues stuff, be it arts or science etc, where and when I have a reasonable chance of comprehending it.

However I was pleased that I did pick up the book as two elements of it did stand out for me. I loved the idea of the Cuban missile crisis seen not only through the eyes of a child, bu
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Venuskitten
Jan 17, 2014 Venuskitten rated it liked it
Sailing through Byzantium is set in 1962, at the time when the political situation between Russia and America was volatile. The narrator is nine/ten year old ex-patriate Mimi, living with her parents in Istanbul and who is caught up in a situation that she does not understand, and letting her overactive imagination run riot, with the encouragement of her mother. The colourful characters and lifestyle are recounted by Mimi from a time fifty years later.

The characters in the novel are eccentric r
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Kathryn
May 20, 2016 Kathryn rated it liked it
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A few subplots never fleshed out, and many characters loosely developed, yet overall a solid read. The novel takes an interesting and hardly-seen East-meets-West perspective on the Cold War.
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