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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  2,968 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Tek başıma da kalsam, dünyanın bütün hükümetleri ve onlara oy verenler bana karşı da olsa, dünyanın bütün hükümetlerine karşı ayaklananlar ve onlara destek verenler bana karşı da olsa; bütün dünya, yedi milyar küsur insan tek tek bana karşı da olsa...

On yedi yaşındaki Çağlar İyice konuşuyor. Kız kardeşi Çiğdem’i, onu meşhur etme ümitlerini, belediye başkanı dayısını, yakın
Paperback, 350 pages
Published June 20th 2014 by İletişim Yayınları
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Is it just me or does the cover look like Freddy Kruger?
Jan 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Despite my love of Turkish food, I have a lack of familiarity with Turkish literature. Perhaps that explains why I just could not get into or appreciate this book. The narrator is an older boy (although I spent most of the book trying to figure out how old he was, it turns out he's about seventeen), who believe his sister walks on water, his mother is a useless excuse for a human being, and his dad has abandoned him for political causes. The characters in the narrator's life are universally bori ...more
Zoe's Human
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who wish to spend more time with douchey teens
The author has managed to perfectly capture the voice of an arrogant 17 year old boy ... You know there's a reason I don't have children.

DNFed 55 pages in. I just can't do this. I loathe the main character. Even his one "redeeming" characteristic of loving his sister borders on the psychopathic and creepy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity.
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
I received a copy of The King Of Taksim Square by Emrah Serbes from its publishers, Amazon Crossing, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.

While reading The King Of Taksim Square, Serbes' protagonist, seventeen-year-old Caglar, reminded me a lot of Holden Caulfield because of the style of his direct narration and its stream of consciousness energy. Interestingly I struggled to finish Catcher In The Rye but enjoyed this book far more. Caglar is a bigshot in his small town, mainly becaus
Janet Flora Corso
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked by the MC's unique voice right away. Çağlar İyice has an interesting perspective of life and translates his views into often hilarious, sometimes biting, commentary telling his small story against the backdrop of the larger, historical events in Turkey in the Spring of 2013. I am sure I am not the only person to call him the Turkish Holden Caulfield, but that is the comparison that kept running through my mind.
I remember watching the events unfolding online, especially Twitter, so I
This is a bit like a Turkish Catcher in the Rye. The main character is a teenage boy in a small town in Turkey. His 9-year old sister is about to enter a talent show as a Michael Jackson impersonator, his father left the family a few years prior, and the protests in Istanbul (in Taksim Square) are about to begin. Lots of humorous passages, and I enjoyed the satire. That said, I wanted to like the book more than I ultimately did. It needs a good editing, particularly once the setting shifts to Ta ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am about 60 pages in. I have no idea what is going on or why I should care. I am moving on with life. This is a weird book. I think there may be some cultural things that are not translating well.
Brian Cubbage
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Traci Failla
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The King of Taksim Square we get a view of the young man on the verge of adulthood, possessing both the wisdom and ignorance that only an analytical 17-year-old can. Much like Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye (or even John Bender of The Breakfast Club), the main character, Caglar, thinks that he has life figured out but is regretful that it is as blemished as it is.

Caglar has a lot to process on a daily basis -- a mother who is overwhelmed by life, an uncle who plays the role of the
Zoriana Z
Why I picked it up

This was offered as a Kindle First and I thought the premise sounded interesting. On a recent trip to Ukraine, I got the chance to visit the Maidan square in Kyiv, where a recent uprising took place, and while there I thought to myself, it would be interesting to read a novel set within a revolution like this, but not too politicized, just something with some characters trying to get along in such an environment. So when I saw The King of Taksim square I thought hey, someone ac
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
About half way through, and I'm giving up on this book. I really wanted it to engage more with the Arab Spring context - as I thought it would based on the write-up. But, mostly it's just a random guy who's obsessed with his sister talking a lot about his random thoughts. Couldn't do it anymore. (Just saw another reviewer call the main character the "Turkish Holden Caulfield." Yes. And, this explains why I did not find him appealing (though perhaps I found him more appealing than Holden Caulfiel ...more
Tamara Niemi
The more Turkish literature I read, the more parallels I see to Russian literature. This book reminded me of Lermontov. A buch of corrupt, selfish, arrogant petty suburbanites bemoaning everything. I wanted to love this book, but in the end, I just hated all the characters and kept hoping somoene would get shot, or run over by a riot truck, anything to try to snap them out of their stupor.
Diane L. Lupton
Mar 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read for the theme: A book that got bad reviews
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
A riotously funny and engaging take on the Arab Spring, which witnessed a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across the Middle East in early 2011, The King of Taksim Square by Emrah Serbes is a literary humor and satire full of action, adventure, mystery, suspense and politics. A thriller par excellence, readers will be fully occupied with the sharp twists and turns as the main characters navigate through the spies and others interesting players as the ...more
Jay Colingham
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lauren Milewski
I liked the idea of seeing the protests in Taksim Square through the eyes of young people who are not directly caught up in the events but are nonetheless impacted by them. I think the author portrayed the instability of this time in Turkey in an interesting way. However, the book is jumpy, has a few too many “unreliable narrator” reveals to stay compelling, and I couldn’t deal with the narrator’s weird and conflicting thoughts about his female relatives.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this hoping for some interesting historical fiction centered around modern history but instead it was just a lot of self-absorbed navel gazing. It took me until about 3/4 of the way through to figure out what bugged me the most about this novel - not just that the characters are all intensely unlikeable, but that this work is hugely derivative of JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. At least Catcher had the decency to be half as long as this book.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I was bothered by the translation ,I could hear the Turkish behind the sentences. I knew what the author was talking about, the TV talent show ,the events on the Taksim square so that I could relate to most of it .It is a coming of age book ,facing stark realities balanced between hope and despair .
nadjah alle
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Took me a year to finish this simple novel. Confusing and and utterly pointless. I imagined this would be about the riots of taksim square, but instead it’s a book about a raving lunatic who has an obsession with his sister. It’s weird and chaotic and I honestly still don’t really know what it’s about. Don’t waste your time.
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Took me ages to read this book because I found it very difficult to keep going. Probably one of the most unlikeable narrators I have come accross- a walking example of toxic masculinity. Two stars rather than one star because the descriptions of the protesters and police brutality were done well and evoked feelings of sympathy and horror in me.
Alyssa Kiley
May 30, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could not get into it, and so just stopped. Maybe it gets better, or maybe it's just not for me, but I could not force myself through chapter one.
Göksel Tuzun
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good unreliable narration, but all the characters started to sound the same after a while. I enjoyed it.
Not what I thought it would be. I tried to like it.
Züleyha Apaydın
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
it is a story. it is about "Gezi Parkı protests". it is a political story but if you interest politica of turkey you can read.
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Not my favorite main character, but definitly my favorite in description and emotion. It places you in the alternate reality that the main character adopts, with a few cut ins from other characters, and when the main character, Caglar, has no choice but to admit to reality.
I also noticed a parallel between timing of the tumultous reality would be hidden by his thoughts or flashbacks to the past.
This character aggrivated me, but I like feeling emotion when I read.
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caglar is an angry teenager, angry with his depressed mother, angry with his uncle (the corrupt mayor of their town), angry with his estranged father who left them and moved to Istanbul. The light of his life is his 9 year old sister, and he dedicates his time to trying to make her a star (as a Michael Jackson impersonator), first through a dance contest and then on YouTube. These plans are foiled when riots break out in Taksim Square, so Caglar hatches a new plan, which drags him in to the hear ...more
Jeff Hanson
The King of Taksim Square tells the story of a young man in a small town in Turkey, who tries to make his younger sister famous by getting her to appear first on a talent show, and then on youtube, but the protests in Istanbul interfere with their success. The young narrator is is highly unreliable. The reader comes to realize that his sister, who he writes about glowingly, is really just an insecure fat kid. And the narrator, who thinks quite highly of himself as well, is really just an insecur ...more
Jo Jenner
I kept putting this book down but then kept being drawn back to it and I don't know why. I have to give the author credit that he made me want to come back and find out what was really going on.
The problem was all the characters are awful. Caglar thinks he is wonderful and that everyone around him is either corrupt or out to get him. All except for his sister who he idolises. The only problem is she is an out of control obese 9 year old who has got that way through the break up of her parents ma
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistakes
This book was kind of all over the place. I didn't fully understand the point of it. I borrowed it as I've visited Turkey and it looked entertaining. I actually finished it, but it was a chore to do so. I will admit there were SOME very funny points within the book, but overall it was just hard to follow. It was like taking a road trip across country with no directions or destination in mind. There was no resolution to this story. Just when you think you understand where the author is going he m ...more
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Emrah Serbes was born in Yalova, Turkey. He graduated from the theater department of Ankara University, and he currently writes for newspapers, magazines, and television. His short story collection, Erken Kaybedenler (Predestined Losers), was published in 2009. Serbes’s novels include Her Temas İz Bırakır (Every Touch Leaves a Trace) and Son Hafriyat (The Last Excavation), both noir mysteries set ...more

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