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The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
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Jun 23, 2012

it was amazing
Read from June 05 to 16, 2012

The strange but utterly compelling story of Kemal, an Istanbul businessman, and how his passion for a much-younger woman of a different social class destroys his engagement to a more appropriate woman. As Kemal narrates his story, he also makes reference to objects he collects, souvenirs of both his torturous affair and broken engagement; he is a tour guide of his own personal 'Museum of Innocence.' Earlier this year, Pamuk opened a real-life Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, bringing the self-absorbed story full circle. The novel is a fascinating look at Turkish culture, and also, somewhat like Madame Bovary or Tess of the D'Ubervilles, an exploration of how women become objects in love stories.

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