I read this in only one evening. It really is a very nicely told story. Has funny and tragic parts that make you think. Especially as a middle easternI read this in only one evening. It really is a very nicely told story. Has funny and tragic parts that make you think. Especially as a middle eastern living in europe, although not so extreme as in the book, I can relate to Marjane. Not belonging anywhere, feeling in between, feeling like nothing. If you are born into a society that alienates you, your whole life will be a search, a settlement. This book is really good for people like me that could connect to this character, in order to find some comfort. In some parts I found it a bit inconsistent. Growing up in a muslim country, I detested some very "iranian" things in the book that were made to be funny. The middle eastern culture disgusts me. From my point of view, I see that even the most modern iranian family has, deeply buried into their character, traces of islam. Things like gossiping, dishonesty, condamning others, comdamning the different are so strong in such cultures. I mostly felt very sad for these people, not only because of the series of misfortunes that they had to go through, but also for the culture that they are unwillingly being exposed to from birth. ...more
I got the book with high expectations, although I think I should have seen it coming from the latest scandinavian novel that I read, that it would somI got the book with high expectations, although I think I should have seen it coming from the latest scandinavian novel that I read, that it would somehow not satisfy me. I think this book would make a great cult movie, I could almost experience it as I read through. But as a book, I think it remains very average. I somehow trust on the Turkish translation; unlike my usual attitude, I think the translator did a greater-than-average job with adapting some key dialogues.
Yes, on the one hand is a book that took me successfully to another part of the planet, to situations and people that I would never come across during a lifetime. But on the other hand, I couldn't help but find it a bit screenplay-like and dull. It has very funny parts where I actually "lol"d in public. Said again, would make a fucking great movie....more
İhsan Oktay Anar bana çok güzel hikayeler anlatabilen tatlı bi dede gibi gelmiştir. Tüm kitaplarını severek okudum. Fakat son iki kitabını da öncekil İhsan Oktay Anar bana çok güzel hikayeler anlatabilen tatlı bi dede gibi gelmiştir. Tüm kitaplarını severek okudum. Fakat son iki kitabını da öncekilerin hatrına bitirebildim.
Anar artık benim için keyfi yerinde olduğunda güzel hikayeler anlatan, insanı mest eden, ama gün geçtikçe bunadığından ötürü artık giderek daha sık sık kafası karışan, konuştukça konuşan, sürekli anlamadığım bazı konularda bana vaaz vermeye çalışan bi dede gibi.
Her kitabını mutlaka okumak zorunda hissettim şu ana kadar, ama artık bir sonrakini (eğer yazarsa) büyük bir şüpheyle, herkese "iyi miydi, nasıldı" diye sormadan okumayacağım. Çünkü aklımda tatlı, masalcı bi dede olarak kalmasını tercih ederim....more
I really struggled finishing this book. The atmosphere was okay and the feeling was successfully transmitted to the reader. However, I could not conneI really struggled finishing this book. The atmosphere was okay and the feeling was successfully transmitted to the reader. However, I could not connect with the main character, Arvid, at all. I don't know if it's some scandinavian thing, but I really was bored throughout the book and all the seemingly "meaningful" stories and memories of this Arvid guy made no sense to me and I was not interested at all.
*from here on, there are spoilers*
The book goes back and forward in time with memories of A. with his mother and their rather dull relationship. The mother obviously doesn't like him as much as the other sons, because of no deep reason, but because A. is such a loser. He is such a loser in all aspects of life: his marriage, his career thrown away because of some stupid ideology that made him believe he could change the world by becoming a blue-collar labourer and convincing other workers. DUH! Needless to say, he fails to even talk about his ideals with these lower-class people, who naturally care only about earning their daily bread. Then and now we learn how disappointed the mother is with the son, and how distant she always is to him. The mother has terminal cancer and the whole book you kind of know that in the end she will die and something will happen that will somehow "make" the book. But no - she dies right after they talk and Arvid leaves. He sees the mother die from distance and does nothing but watch and eat grass?? What the fuck?! Is this the fucking ending? Should I have derived like a "deep" meaning from all this? Sorry but literally "nothing" happens in this book. Not even anything exists that one might derive meaning from. Just a really, really dull book with good narration. ...more
I had no Harry Potter-y expectations when I read this book, as opposed to others who have. I really enjoyed how different the story was from HP, but aI had no Harry Potter-y expectations when I read this book, as opposed to others who have. I really enjoyed how different the story was from HP, but also how there were hints of similarity in some characters and also in the narration.
Overall I also enjoyed the story too, but I think the main catch of this book was to make you really familiar with characters and tell a long, detailed story of each and just make you feel a part of this neighbourhood....more