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Haver af vand

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,732 Ratings  ·  343 Reviews
Medrivende og smertelig smuk roman om ung kærlighed i en verden, hvor religioner og kulturer brydes.

Mens solen falder sammen i røde bånd langs horisonten, gør den kurisk-muslimske familie Basioglu klar til omskæringsfest i deres lejlighed udenfor Istanbul. Med til festen har moderen inviteret deres amerikanske overboere. Til stor fortrydelse for faderen, der har svært ved
Paperback, 359 pages
Published 2010 by Rosinante (first published 2008)
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Tea Jovanović
Dobar autor i dobra priča, ako ste u prilici nabavite knjigu... Zasad su je domaći izdavači zaobišli...
Oct 03, 2008 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to-it
If I had only "read" this book, I would probably give it only two stars. But I had the rather different experience of listening to parts of it and reading parts of it. It is the story of a Kurdish Muslim family and its interaction with an American Christian family after an earthquake in Turkey. (The clash of cultures is the rather obvious part of the plot, but how that clash is played out is not as obvious) The reader of the audio version gave such an emotion-filled rendition of each of the char ...more
Jan 02, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Katie
Shelves: audios
Well, I really liked this book. A lot. (Strange to read some of the other reviews on goodreads, such a variety! The most negative ones seem to focus on the relationship between the two teens in the story but I think the book is about so much more.) It gave me a lot to think about - parental love and duty, cultural blindness, self blindness and the way our personal histories shape our ability to express ourselves and make decisions, etc. Some of the characters made me so angry. I just don't have ...more
Mandy Tanksley
Jul 14, 2012 Mandy Tanksley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"Gardens of Water" is a richly detailed, beautifully written emotional journey of the lives of one family and those in their neighborhood after a devastating earthquake rumbles through Turkey. Sinan Bashioglu tries to give his family the best he can no matter how poor he is, but throughout the story he disappoints one family member or another with the choices he makes. His family's apartment building is destroyed in the quake and Sinan has to move them to a tent city until he can afford train ti ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waste-of-time
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Jan 30, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small town outside Istanbul. Sinan, a devout Kurdish Muslim man and his wife Nilufer prepare for coming-of-age ceremony for Ismail, their 9 year old son. Irem, 15 year old daughter, feeling that she isn't equally loved, resents the attention focused on her brother. All Irem feels she is given is restrictions in the form of the strict rules separating her from boys/men, symbolised in the tight headscarf. Irem finds solace in a secret relationship with neighbour Dylan, 17 year old son of ...more
Oct 27, 2008 Kya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel Gardens of Water, is the first book that was written by Alan Drew, who was born and raised in California and has traveled all around the world. Drew attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has a master of fine arts degree. This book is about a girl, Irem, and her family, living in a small town outside Istanbul. They are Kurdish Muslim and have many strict beliefs. Irem and her family live in an apartment building with a couple other people, including an American family consisting of a ...more
Rosalind Gallaspie
Four days after arriving in Turkey , author Alan Drew survived the murderous 1999 earthquake. Out of this devastation and rubble, Drew constructs a narrative where individuals struggle with identity, tradition, and clashing religious and political realities.

Sinan Basioglu, a Kurdish club-footed grocer, is the core character around whom and whose family the novel's multiple story lines develop and who is confronted with the shifting ground of the fault lines of Istanbul and morals at the turn of
Sep 24, 2012 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, if there were 6 stars, I'd give this book seven! I don't think I've read a more beautifully scripted book — especially a first novel by an author! — than this. Several times during the one evening during which I read it, I'd stop and say to my wife what a wonderful writer this man is. Then I'd read her several pages, a portion of the story.

I picked this up at our local library in my current quest to better understand Islam. This book is told primarily from the viewpoint of a Kurdish, M
Jan 10, 2009 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was tragic with a capital T. More than just a Romeo & Juliet story of Irem, a Muslim Kurdish girl and Dylan, the son of a American Christian teacher. The details of the earthquake and its aftermath and the setting up of the refugee camp as well as the developing romance were well developed. Much of the story was told from Irem's father Sinan's point of view as he struggled to do the right thing for his family, to keep them safe and unsullied by outside influences.


May 18, 2012 Ariana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: take-me-away
My local library was selling some books the other day and I bought this one for just 50 cents. I can honestly say it was so much more than I expected it to be! 4.5 stars, even! The book is chiefly about the illicit relationship between a young Kurdish girl living in Turkey with conservative Kurdish parents and her American boyfriend. The girl naturally falls in love with a tatooed, Radio Head-listening American boy, whose dad is working in a disaster relief program assisting families whose lives ...more
Reality is depressing and tragic in this novel about why Americans (Westerners) and Kurds (Muslims) will never overcome enemy status. I didn't love this book, but it is going to stay with me as a reminder of the clash between Christian and Muslim. Although it is fiction, I'm sure that the author's experience living in Turkey drove the main themes of the book. It seemed a bit presumptuous to me that an American man would attempt to write from not only a Muslim Kurd's point of view, but also from ...more
Beth Patrick
Dec 14, 2015 Beth Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up off the library shelf without knowing anything about the author or subject. I do this quite a bit and I am often happily surprised with the results. It also helps to expand on subjects, so I don't get caught in a rut reading the same types of books.

Some of the subject matter is hard to digest, but it is told from the view of a culture with very old beliefs and sub-systems. I found it to be honest, sad, entertaining and informative.

I kept rooting for the daughter to jump out of
Apr 29, 2016 Ifrah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ifrah by: Laila Zaman
Shelves: islam
"Our children are not ours. That's our mistake. We think they are. It seems so for a while - a few brief years - but they aren't. They never were."

(One of the most profound lines in the entire book.)

I don't normally read books about religion because I don't want to be preached to, but I was extremely surprised by this book so thank you Laila.

This started off very slow. I was maybe 150-200 pages in before I really started to get invested in these characters but once I was in, there was no goi
May 24, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The setting of this book is Turkey at the time of the 1999 earthquake. In the book, a Muslim Kurdish family has been displaced and is living in an apartment building below an American family. The teenage daughter of the Muslim has fallen in love with the American boy and is feeling very jealous of her little brother who seems to be the favorite of her parents. The earthquake forces the family to live in a tent city created by American missionaries and the things become very difficult for the fat ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really lovely, intricate kind of book. The setting was wonderfully portrayed--we as Americans want to think of Turkey in very romantic, exotic terms. Istanbul! Mosques! The gateway between Europe and Asia! We get all of those things, but in a matter-of-fact kind of way; it IS beautiful, but it's also a real place with real people, with a dark side, with complicated politics, with ugliness. The characters were much like that as well--their relationships complicated and fraught with pro ...more
Apr 25, 2009 Jodi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Jodi by: Kirsten from Carlisle Book Club
Wow! I read this book was devoured in one delicious, melancoly sitting while driving to Wisconsin from Pennsylvania! I simply couldn't put it down! The book is set outside Istanbul and is about a Kurdish family and their American neighbors who live above them before the devastating earthquake occurs. The earthquake changes all their lives forever. I felt deep sympathy for the daughter, Irem, because her life seemed so limited by her culture to me and I could see that she yearned to break free. S ...more
Feb 04, 2008 Mara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, obvious flaws in things like characterization can be overlooked because of how well the book is written overall. Such is the case here. It wasn't until I was nearly at the end of the book, when things were clearly winding down, that I realized that most of the major characters had not been fully developed, nor were their motivations always totally clear.

But perhaps in this book the individual characters were stand-ins for the eternal conflicts of East vs. West and one generation again
For me, this book is a 3.5. A family of Kurdish Muslims living in a small town outside Istanbul becomes entangled, disagreeably, with a family of American Ex-Pat Christian teachers. A deadly earthquake wipes out much of the village in the opening chapters of this book, and everything we know is suddenly upside down. The Muslim father abandons his wife and daughter for four days while searching for his son. When the son is found alive, sheltered in deep rubble by the body of the Christian wife, S ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, sensitive novel about a Kurdish family living near Istanbul, whose lives are thrown into chaos by the arrival of an American family, and a devastating earthquake shortly thereafter. The Kurdish family has a teenage daughter, who falls in love with the American family's son, and the book deals with the resulting cultural clash.

I really liked the character development in the book. The writer never relies on stereotypes, and even the supporting characters are well-drawn. He doe
Dec 22, 2009 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was selected for our city's "One City, One Story" event for 2010, so I picked it up. It reminded me very much of The Kite Runner, in a good way. Both are grim but gripping tales of another culture, and in this case, the story involved a fictionalized version of a real event, at which the author was present. It's hard enough surviving the physical and emotional upheaval of a natural disaster, but what if the aftermath threatens to destroy your entire family?
The book involves cultural di
Jan 14, 2010 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it has been chosen as the Pasadena's 2010 One City, One Story book. I really enjoyed this story of two families and two faiths both living in Turkey. One family who is Kurd and Muslim and the other American and Christian. After a catastrophic earthquake, Sinan and his family are forced to live as refugees while the Americans enlist themselves to help these refugees. Consequently, Sinan's daughter, Irem falls in love with Dylan, the American boy. Their love defies all of ...more
Tamara Silver
Interesting to read a book that takes place in Turkey and the writing was fair, but the story felt stuffed into vignettes where the author thought to himself, "ok, now I'm going to explain how a worshipper feels when tourists tromp through their holy building", or "now I'm going to tell why a mother would support the subjugation of their daughter". It felt as if he had mental note cards of situations that he laced together with a plot-line instead of having a compelling plot and finding situatio ...more
Delicious Strawberry
This book started off so well. I love historical, and cultural fiction. This story immerses us in Turkey within the life of a Kurdish Muslim family and their American neighbors. I liked the romance between Irem and Dylan and how she struggled with her Muslin beliefs and her desire to be more freedom in the male-dominated Muslim social/cultural system.

The earthquake hits, and everyone's life is turned upside down. However, it gives Irem some more freedom, and she takes the chance to enjoy this si
Jun 13, 2014 Bunnychip9 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a last-minute impulse buy from the bestsellers section at the bookstore. I wasn't sure why I picked it up except that the cover looked so familiar to Hosseini's The Kite Runner. Similar in size, at least.

Anything Islamic seems to sell these days. Set in Istanbul, Turkey, first time writer Alan Drew's story traces the life of Sinan and his family as he struggles caused through the upheavals of an earthquake that devastates his home. Poignant, and moving, the book mainly traces richly the
Oswego Public Library District
Cultural, religious and political boundaries are explored in this debut novel from Alan Drew. The author actually worked in Turkey as a teacher, arriving just four days before the 1999 earthquake. He brings that knowledge of how people coped with epic disaster to this tragic story. A young Kurdish Muslim girl falls in love with an American boy from a Christian family. The surrounding Muslim community and her parents are disturbed at this development. The boy's father organizes American aid for t ...more
Mar 03, 2016 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
öhh, nyt tuli luettua ehkä alkuvuoden huonoin kirja: ohuiden henkilöhahmojen ohut tarina amerikkalaisten ja turkkilaisten kulttuurien yhteentörmäämisestä. lämpesin ainoastaan nimelle.
Sep 08, 2014 Rowenah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I bought this book because it sounded like an interesting insight into life in Turkey - a country I have only visited once about 10 years ago on my last ever beach holiday (I'll never have another!). I wanted to know more about the 'real' Turkey and this book has certainly been an eye opener.
However depressing the story and whether you agree with the reasoning of Sinan and Irem and the family, it served to illustrate the contradictions of religion, whether Muslim or Christian (or indeed
Jan 05, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I was 100 pages in and then lost the book for about 3 weeks. I found it under the front seat of my car (where I swear I looked before!) and am about 2/3 of the way through. Interesting story - kind of a Turkish Romeo and Juliet with Kurds and Americans, but the writing is very simplistic. A good book for YA readers.

The writing is this book was superb. But I didn't love this book and I really do not know why. The story was a bit contrived. I felt like I knew and had possible even read this plot line in other books. For someone who craves unexpected and new story lines, this book fell very flat.
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Alan Drew was born and raised in Southern California and has traveled throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He taught English literature for three years at a private high school in Istanbul, arriving just four days before the devastating 1999 Marmara earthquake.

In 2004 he completed a master of fine arts degree at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a Teaching/Writing Fellowsh
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