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My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
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This book is really different from Snow, but I'm having a similar response, which is that I can't engage emotionally with any of the characters. So while I find the setting and story interesting, and there are things I do like a lot about the writing, as with Snow, I often find reading this a torturous bore.

I gave up on Snow halfway through. Things aren't looking good for My Name is Red, either. My advice to the book buyer or library-goer? Get Anne Carson's similarly titled masterpiece instead.

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Stas I gave up on My Name is Red halfway through as well.
I just finished reading Elif Batuman's The Possessed. She is a Turkish-born San Franciscan, writing about mostly Russian literature. On p. 89, she recalls her experience from 1997:
"the thing that immediately struck one about the Turkish novel was that nobody read it, not even Turkish people.<...>Even, in 1997, of course there was already Orhan Pamuk, already writing novels... and you could see how miserable he was about it".

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