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Beyaz Kale

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  5,472 ratings  ·  412 reviews
17. yüzyılda Türk korsanlarınca tutsak edilen bir Venedik'li, İstanbul'a getirilir. Astronomiden, fizikten ve resimden anladığına inanan bu köle, aynı ilgileri paylaşan bir Türk tarafından satın alınır. Garip bir benzerlik vardır bu iki insan arasında. Köle sahibi, kölesinden, Venedik'i ve Batı bilimini öğrenmek ister. Bu iki kişi, efendi ile köle, birbirlerini tanımak, an ...more
Paperback, 199 pages
Published November 1994 by İletişim (first published 1985)
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Ian Heidin[+]Fisch
A Short Start

I started reading this novel, because it was Pamuk's shortest and although I liked the subject matter of his other novels, I was worried I might bite off more than I could chew (I am the sort of person who must finish a book once I've started it, even if I hate it). So this was a taster for me.

From A to B Inevitably

I think it is fair to say that what happens at the end is inevitable. His craftsmanship lies in how he achieves it.

There is a moment towards the end of the book when th
Warning: you have to relax to read this book, just let go and let it take you where it wants.

This is a novel on identity: the plot really does not matter (is this the defining feature of good literature?), the crucial point is how two individuals actually become one, to the point that we no longer know ourselves who is whom.
Is the Italian slave really taking the place of his "hoja" (i.e. master, according to Adam Shatz in the London Review of Books), are they really swapping lives as previousl
Shoshi ♥~
" أليس الجانب الأمتع من الحياة هو تلفيق حكايات ممتعة ،، والاستماع إلى حكايات ممتعة " - في البدء شكرا لامتاعي ..

باموق في تجربتي الأولى معه

وحتماً لن تكون الأخيرة ...

سحرني ...أدهشني ..أحببت الصيغة التي كتب بها هذه الرواية ...

وقبل أن أبدأ في الثرثرة عن هذه الرواية فتحذيراً لمن لم يقرأ الرواية ربما سأتحمس وأكشف شيئا بدون قصد ..ولكن في كلا الأحوال ..باموق ساحر حتى وإن كنت تعرف مسبقاً تسلسل الرواية !!

أحببت أنه أختار شخصاًآخر ليكتب هذه الرواية .. وكأنه يتحدث معنا ككقراء ويتحاور معنا ..
وازداد الأمر
Pamuk’s talent for storytelling is definitely unquestionable. Well, OK, you can disagree, I don’t care.
I loved the setting; it was basically the main criteria for choosing the book (I’d probably need to mention the reader-friendly length, as well). I loved the plot (the double / the identical twin, the capacity of exchanging not only identities, but also memories, ideas and beliefs), the framing device, the (unreliable) 1st person narrative, the mind games and the twisted relationship / brutal
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Jun 30, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Herkes
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Orhan Pamuk Bey kitaplar
Shelves: read-in-2011, turkey
The White Castle, or Beyaz Kale as it was first printed in Turkish is a book which looks long and hard at the idea of personal identity. The narrator asks "Of what importance is it who a man is? The important thing is what we have done and will do." This Kafka-esque statement eloquently sums up the essence of the two main characters, the Hoja (teacher) and his Italian slave. Throughout their time together slave and master are caught in a tussle over their identities.

Both recognise the similarit
القلعة البيضاء

يقول الناشر في كلمة وضعها على قفا الكتاب، أن هذه الرواية وضعت باموق في مصاف الكتاب العالميين – وهي الرواية الثالثة له، بعد ( جودت بك وأولاده) و( البيت الصامت) -، ولكني بعد قراءة الرواية، لا أجد فيها ما يستحق كل هذا التقريظ والمديح.

بل إن هذه الرواية – مقارنة بروايته الكبيرة ( اسمي أحمر) – تبدو كخربشات روائي مبتدئ، الرواية أولا ً تعتمد تماما ً على السرد باستخدام أسلوب ضمير المتكلم – ذات الضمير استخدم في ( اسمي أحمر) ولكنها تميزت بتعدد الرواة، وغرائبيتهم أحيانا ً -، أما الفكرة التي
I wanted to love this book, and it seems uncomfortably unintellectual for me to say that I have mixed feelings about it. Much of the time I felt like I was reading through a haze which had the added effect of slowing all action down. The end of the novel I first found vexing in the extreme--I spent the whole rest of the day after I finished it in a snit. But I've made my peace with it, and I understand (I think) why it may have done what it did. In the end, I'm glad I read it, but I didn't entir ...more
قلعة بيضاء وأبطال لا يتسامحون مع كونهم أنفسهم ولذا يريد كلا منهما حياة الآخر وقصص خيالية وسلطان أحمق أم أنة أذكاهم وشيطان لا يمكن السيطرة علية إن خرج و"هم" و "نحن" وهو أصبح الآخر والآخر أصبح هو..!!
ثلاثة أيام بلياليها اقتطعت منها سويعات في قراءة القلعة البيضاء, اقرأ قبل نومي و أول استيقاظي مباشرة على ضوء مصباحي الصغيرة أحب أن أضيف طقوسي الشخصية على كل رواية اقرأها, القلعة البيضاء رواية تستحق القراءة أكثر من مرة ربما أقراها بعد عدة أسابيع.
قبل نهايتها أو في الثلث الأخير تحديداً شعرت بقليل من الدوا
Chul-hyun Ahn
Are we really so different from one another? Why am I not the magnificent white castle that sits on top of the hill but a rusty, creaking and nonsensical monstrosity wrought in hopes of "proving things to them", stuck in mud and sinking to its death with poor, accidental participants in it? Why can't I be you? If I knew who you were, where you come from and what you thought of while eating lunch with your family on an idle summer day of your youth? Are there really things to be found inside ones ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Orhan Pamuk has won the Nobel Prize for literature and is supposed to be the premier man of letters in contemporary Turkey. However, I noted that more than one person on my friends' list on Goodreads was less than enthused with his books. Thus, instead of reading his more famous My Name is Red or Snow, I deliberately chose the slimmest volume on the shelf for my introduction--The White Castle--a mere 161 pages--yet this couldn't hold me even that far.

Set in seventeenth century Turkey, it's the f
I was surprised at how easy and fast this was to read. Until I got to the end, I mean. Then I felt that I should start over and read it again, because I was sure I missed something. You tricked me, Mr.Pamuk! And I liked it!

The best part about this book was the exploration of identity. What does it mean, when I say who I am? What makes me me and not someone else? Not something I want to think about all the time, but excellent thoughts to spin around in the early hours of the morning.

Slightly besi
Ayu Palar
It's always interesting to know how authors improve from their first novel to their last one. I first encountered Pamuk's world of words through My Name is Red, and after several novels, I finally got in touch with his debut novel, The White Castle. I have to say that his father was completely right when he said his son would get a Nobel prize someday. Pamuk got the natural talent to be one of the most memorable writers in the world.

In The White Castle, there are seeds that would bloom in My Na
i didn't like it, but may be because i expected a lot from it as a historical novel...
it was boring for me, i leave it several times,but finally i finished it...
Jenny (Reading Envy)
In my year of reading Turkish literature, I knew I should get through more of Pamuk. A few questions always cross my mind when reading Pamuk: 1) Am I understanding the nuance of the language as he wrote it in Turkish or is something lost in translation? and 2) Is this really the same Pamuk?

So far, every Pamuk I read is different in style, setting, and tone. This one is set in the 17th century, with an Italian noble being taken by Turkish pirates (well, Ottoman, really) and taken into the servic
The plot of The White Castle seems simple enough: During the seventeenth century, a Venetian is kidnapped by Turkish raiders and sold into slavery to a Turkish scholar who oddly enough looks a lot like him. The two men start studying biology, astronomy, and engineering together, and even try to construct a powerful weapon for the Sultan. Tellingly, the latter seems more interested in legends and soothe-saying than in modern inventions and advances. The novel ends questioning the protagonist as w ...more
I'll be honest, I was pretty bored and disappointed.
Türk Edebiyatı'nda Orhan Pamuk'u bu kadar geç keşfetmek gerçekten üzücü. Geçtiğimiz yıla kadar mantıklı bir sebebi olmasa da Orhan Pamuk okumaktan kendimi hep uzak tutumuştum.

Beyaz Kale romanını ilk okumaya başladığım andan itibaren konusu ve anlatım tarzı beni kendisine bağladı. Orhan Pamuk yine tarihsel bilgisini ve ayrıntıları ile çok güzel bir eser çıkartmış. Kitabın son kısmında kullandığı kaynakları da belirtmiş olması beni ayrıca sevindirdi. Kitapta bahsedilenlerin gerçek ayrıntılarına da
☽ Moon Rose ☯
Jul 29, 2012 ☽ Moon Rose ☯ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ☽ Moon Rose ☯ by: Sasha Menon
To plunge into the abysmal recesses of one's memories is to enter a reality within realities . A parallel formless universe that silently resides inside one's mind that is directly proportional or reversely different from what they actually are. As the material form of the sensual world merges with the formless realm of the human consciousness, it recreates a reality in some other form that seems to belong in another dimension...

For in truth, memories are but a combination of fact and fiction, b
Elijah Kinch Spector
Feb 22, 2011 Elijah Kinch Spector rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elijah by: Kelly
Shelves: bpl
The grass is always greener. Maybe that isn't the central point of The White Castle (Honestly, how many good books actually have one central point?), but it was the one that stuck with me the most.

Pamuk, in general, was suggested to me, so I went onto the Brooklyn Library's website and picked one of his books mostly at random -- smarty-pants literary books with plot summaries that sound like adventure stories are one of my favorite genre syntheses. Perhaps picking randomly wasn't the best choice
The White Castle adalah novel historis karya peraih nobel sastra 2006 – Orhan Pamuk yang berutur mengenai jati diri, pertentangan dan persahabatan antara seorang budak Italia dengan seorang cendekiawan Ottoman di abad ke 17.

Kisah yang ditulis menurut sudut pandang pemuda Italia terpelajar sebagai narator (namanya tak pernah disebutkan hingga akhir) dalam kisah ini, diawali ketika ia sedang berlayar dari Venesia menuju Napoli. Di tengah perjalanan, kapalnya berpapasan dengan armada perompak Turki
The book is certainly cleverly written and has quite a bit of psychological depth. It raises questions involving identity and its relationship to culture and ethos. So it carries a weight of significance quite remarkable for a novel of moderate length. That said, I didn't really warm to it. I didn't care for the ending {about which I will say nothing other than that} and I engaged with neither characters nor plot. However, I am sure that others who prefer novels with intense psychological explor ...more
Camille Tesch
I expected more from a book that won the pulitzer prize. As I read it, I kept thinking of the prince and the pauper. While it has some elements of that, it's more about identity and what makes us who we are and different or the same as other people. I thought the writing was well done, but I didn't like the characters. There is too much going on about how the main characters think they're better than the common masses. There's talk about science and becoming scholars, but the characters are all ...more
Jeannette Nikolova
From one Pamuk book to another, you could not be able to tell the author is the same. A few years ago I read "The Black Book" and it left me deeply disturbed. But I kind of loved it. It was my first touch with Turkish culture which years later managed to become part of my daily existence. That being said, I found nothing genuinely Turkish in "The White Castle". I could have written that with very shallow knowledge about Ottoman Turkey. More so, I read the book with an extremely poor translation ...more
Doppelganger novels aren't for everyone; they often have a disorienting, hallucinatory or dream-like quality to their narrative, and the way they unsettle the self/other dichotomy can be, well, unsettling. And confusing.
So, if you want a straight-ahead story with classic plot features and characterization, then you need to look elsewhere. But if you are interested in what happens when the dichotomies of self/other, magic/science, truth/ fantasy, and East/West are collapsed, then Pamuk is your gu
Можливо, можливо треба спрямовувати німе питання в напрямку перекладача; можливо, можливо це той випадок, коли роман пишеться на одному подиху, стрімголов, щоби не втратити сирої соковитої енергії, й автор, неначе художник на етюдах, стримує свої поривання розвинути, підчистити, виправити і "вдосконалити" текст; можливо, можливо "Біла Фортеця" - наче той вододіл нерозуміння між двома передгір'ями, річки яких живляться одними й тими ж почуттями-пориваннями, але впадають у моря різних символьних с ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
911 - 2012

Konon, setiap orang memiliki kembaran di seluruh dunia, tak peduli ada hubungan darah ataupun tidak. Aku sendiri belum pernah bertemu orang yang mirip denganku, tapi sudah cukup sering ditegur atau disapa orang tak dikenal karena dikira kenalan mereka. Masih mending kalau mereka sadar dan minta maaf kalau kujawab salah orang, tapi pernah ada juga yang tidak mau percaya, malah ngotot memastikan berkali-kali dengan nada menuduh seolah aku yang bohong. Kalau sudah begitu, jadi kepingin ca
Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Buku yang sangat menarik..penggunaan 'Aku' untuk dua sudut pandang orang berbeda..Orhan Pamuk memang benar-benar seorang penulis yang 'tidak biasa'.

The White Castle
Novel yang secara khusus dipersembahakan untuk Nilgun Darvinoglu (1961-1980), saudara perempuan tercinta dari Orhan Pamuk. Cerita dimulai dengan kata pengantar yang ditulis oleh sejarawan Faruk Darvinoglu (karakter yang dirujuk dalam buku sebelumnya Pamuk, The Silence House atau Sessiz Ev, bahasa Turki) antara 1984-1985.

Istambul Tur
Dennis Littrell
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Francesca Forrest
I read a description of the scenario of this (Venetian man captured in the Mediterranean and becomes the slave of a Turkish man who is his physical double; their lives mysteriously blend) and thought it sounded fascinating, so gave it a try. I knew from the description I had read that there'd be no dialogue, but I found this made more of a problem for me than I was expecting, for this reason: everything I-the-reader experience is filtered through the consciousness of the narrator, and I find the ...more
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Ferit Orhan Pamuk is a Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist. Pamuk is often regarded as a post-modern writer. As one of Turkey's most prominent novelists, his work has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the recipient of numerous national and international literary awards. He was the first Turkish person awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on October 12, 2006, commended for bei ...more
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“في تلك الأيام ربما كانت هذهِ هي الطريقة الوحيدة التي يفهم بها أحدنا الآخر: كان كل منّا لا يبالي بالآخر.” 18 likes
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