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In a novel that begins with accidental death and ends with deliberate murder, Mary Lee Settle tells the story of an eclectic collection of American and European expatriates who take refuge in an ancient Turkish city and, once there, wreak havoc on the Aegean paradise. At first the characters appear to have little in common, but as the novel progresses their motives and des ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published October 1st 1995 by University of South Carolina Press
(first published June 12th 1979)
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I love this book so much that I purchased a signed copy, which was very hard to come by about 10 years ago. Having married a Turk, I felt a deep kinship with all the author wrote, even though my experiences were 20+ years later. In many ways for me, it was a way to preserve some of my own remembrances of that location and culture. As for the writing itself, it continues to inspire me to try, try, and try again to finish my own pieces of fiction and poetry.
Story of ex-pats in a Turkish coastal village in the 6o's. Their self absorption and nonchalance when their actions wreak havoc and cause the ruination of the yet discovered paradise is heart breaking and rings so true with what is happening globally today. This is not an easy read but it is beautifully written and the characters will haunt you long after you have finished reading.
This seemed like a very personal novel that meant more to the author than it could possibly mean to anybody else. The technical writing is good but there were too many characters that didn't seem distinctive enough. Surprised that this won the National Book Award. Perhaps I just read it at a wrong time in my life.