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Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
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Jun 01, 12

bookshelves: memoir, turkey, nonfiction
Read from March 22 to May 01, 2012

I really want to enjoy Pamuk, but something about his writing just doesn't connect for me. I think ultimately our interests and priorities don't overlap enough to generate much enthusiasm on my side, and unlike say, Marilynne Robinson, the writing alone isn't mesmerizing enough to keep me going.

Which is to say that despite heading off to Istanbul for the first time, and looking to Mr. Pamuk for some inspiration, I put the book down after about 80 pages. As with his novel Snow, I realized I was bored, and slogging through out of a sense of duty.

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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Unfortunately, that was my experience with him too. I didn't even get that far with Snow. I wonder if after having traveled to Istanbul I would better connect with the book, but I doubt it. I just find his writing tedious and boring.

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