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Madonna in a Fur Coat

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The bestselling Turkish classic of love and longing in a changing world, available in English for the first time.

'It is, perhaps, easier to dismiss a man whose face gives no indication of an inner life. And what a pity that is: a dash of curiosity is all it takes to stumble upon treasures we never expected.'

A shy young man leaves his home in rural Turkey to learn a trad

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ebook, Penguin Modern Classics, 168 pages
Published May 5th 2016 by Penguin (first published 1943)
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Mohamed Shady
Mar 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
أيًا كان اللي رشحلي الرواية دي، وأينما وُجد، هجيبه من قفاه وهزعله جامد.
İbn Zerhani
Sep 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hayatta yüzleşmek istemediğimiz gerçekler, kendimize sormak istemediğimiz sorular vardır. Goodreads ahalisi olarak, elbette yüzleşmekten kaçındığımız bir soru da kötü bir okur olup olmadığımızdır. Bazı insanlar emek vermediği için kötü okurdur, kitaplara emek vermesi gerektiğini idrak edebilecek donanımdan, bilinçten yoksundur; bazı insanlar da iyi okur olmanın yolunun çok ya da çok ve nitelikli kitap okumaktan geçtiğini düşünür, oysa aslında bu sadece bir adımdır, en önemli adım olan kitabı anl ...more
İsmet
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bir kitabın edebi açıdan iyi olması, sizin açınızdan iyi olduğu anlamına gelmez. Bir kitabın çok seviliyor olması sizin seveceğiniz anlamına da gelmez.

Bunu yazmama rağmen kitabın edebi açıdan iyi olduğunu da düşünmüyorum, bunu da belirtmek isterim.

Öncelikle, kitabın güzel reklamı yapılıyor. İçerik benim için bomboştu. Konu çok basit işleniyor. Kitabı elinize aldınız ve herkesin övgüleri ile sanki kutsal metin okuyacak gibi hissediyorsunuz. Eşsiz bir aşk, karakterlerle bir olmak gibi boş hayaller
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Vivien
May 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-read
The only good thing about this book is it is short. The first and second narrators (particularly the second - the 'hero') are such self-pitying idiots you don't care what happens to either of them. I have no idea why this book is enjoying a revival. I persevered to the end in the hopes that something would surprise or interest me only to be disappointed!
Fatimah boodai
Jan 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
اثبتت لي هذه الرواية ان مشكلتي مع الروايات المترجمة لازالت قائمة خالية الصدق والتأثير وتسطيح لا افضله بالمحتوى
Tamim Sadikali
Aug 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
“…I was seized by an overwhelming desire to leap up, throw my arms around her, kiss her on the lips and let the tears flow. Never before had I felt such happiness. I could feel my heart opening up, as if for the first time … I was the richest man in the world.”

“…I imagined her lying in her bed, her hair spread out across her pillow, her breathing slow and deep, and it seemed to me that there could be no greater vision of happiness. All my life, I’d kept my heart closed … All my life, I’d been wa
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Ebtihal Abuali
Nov 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
هذه قصة شخص عاش حبا وقضى بعض الايام الجميلة، ثم امضى بقية حياته في ذكرى هذه الأيام. بعبارة أخرى: دمّر حياته.
اذا كان من سبب لقرائتها فهو كي ترى كيف يبدو المشهد و لااااا تفعل هذا الغباء بحياتك.

الرواية هي من نوع الرواية داخل الرواية. تبدأ بقسم يشكل تقريبا ثلثها بقصة تعارف الراوي مع رائف أفندي في أواخر حياته، ثم تنتقل الى قراءة ما دونه رائف من قصته الشخصية وعلاقة حبه مع مادونا. لقد كان القسم الاول باحتوائه على بعض الغموض و التشويق أكثر احتمالا من القسم الثاني، الذي كان في معظمه منولوجا وحيدا لرائف
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Christine
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I was 1.25 hours in to this audio book when I heard these words: “... and like all women she forgot things quickly”. I hit the rewind button just to be sure I heard what I heard. After confirming that I’d heard what I’d heard, I abandoned the book and returned it to the cloud.

The words were written/spoken quite earnestly. I’m certain the author believed these words since the book was written in the 1930s. There are too many good books out there for me to waste my time with a chauvinistic author
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Ritja
Jun 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: frauen-woman, tuerkei
Ich hatte mir das Buch gekauft, da ich eine sehr gute Rezension dazu gelesen hatte. Der Klapptext klang vielversprechend...20er Jahre, Berlin, junger Türke, junge deutsche Malerin und der Bann eines Gemäldes. Es hätte so gut werden können, aber ich kam nicht in die Geschichte rein. Die Hauptfigur war für mich zu träge, zu zaghaft , zu schüchtern. Die Geschichte schleppte sich über die Seiten und so wurde aus einer aufregenden spannenden Zeit (20er Jahre) eine sehr zähe Angelegenheit. Schade.
Debbie
Aug 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing - I was looking forward to reading this but I found it too introspective, and the main protagonist was very weak.
Marzieh Goodarzi
Dec 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
جالب نبود!
Latifa Al Qubaisi
Mar 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
أعجبتني في البداية لكني أحسست بالملل كثيرا عندما بدأ بقراءة مذكرات رائف
Kelly S
Sep 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translated
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Donna
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first chapter of this book. The rest of the book was pure torture. I agree with reviewer Vivien, "the only good thing about this book is that it is short." The characters were the most irritating I can ever remember reading. Raif is pathetic and Maria was clearly borderline or suffered from another personality disorder. And the reader suffers with her. She literally asks, "what are you thinking?" which is the most annoying "new couple question" in history. And you can see the cliffha ...more
Onur Yenihayat
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sıradan ve hatta vasat altı bir imkansız aşk hikayesi. Okuduğum kitapların her zaman yazarlarını araştırırım. Yazarın hayatını okuyunca kitaptan ekstra rahatsız oldum. Yaşayamadığı şeyleri kafasında kurup kurup kitaba dönüştüren zavallı bir adam çıktı Sebo. Hikayedeki Raif bey büyük ölçüde kendisi, karakter olarak. Olaylar açısından pek öyle değil ama. Ailenin işe yaramaz oğlu Sebo gerçekten sabun işini öğrensin diye Almanya'ya gönderilmiş, ve fakat Almanya'da karşılaştığı Madonna Sebo'yu zerre ...more
Afrah
Jun 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
مادونا صاحبة معطف الفرو !
حقيقة خاب ظني بهذه الرواية .. رواية صباح الدين علي التي نشرها قبل سبعين عاماً .
الرواية التي لبثت في قائمة أكثر الكتب مبيعاً في تركيا
كنت كعادتي قرأت العديد من الاّراء حول هذه الرواية و عندما قررت قراءتها ، كنت اعتقد اني على موعد مع رواية سوف تسرق قلبي مثل ما فعلت بالكثيرين ، لكنني بقيت انتظر اللحظة التي تبدأ فيها روعة هذه الرواية ،
للاسف الرواية كان يغلب عليها الملل و البطئ و بالكاد تحتوي على أحداث و كانت خالية من التشويق بالنسبة لي ،
لم تكن الرواية بهذا السوء ! ولكن ل
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Lama
Jan 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
إنتابني حماس شديد لهذه الرواية عندما سمعت إنها لم تنزل من قائمة الأعلى مبيعاً منذ نشرها قبل سبعين عاماً في تركيا! لكن للأسف أُحبطت جداً عندما انتصفتها، بدايتها ومقدمتها جميلة ولكن عند تسلسل الأحداث-إن وجدت أحداث أساساً- أصابني ملل فضيع، فهي خالية من التشويق والحبكة الأدبية، الشخصية الرئيسية مثيرة للشفقة بشكل مستفز، لديه جفاف عاطفي عالي جداً، تمنيت لو أن الكاتب تطرّق لشخصيات أخرى لتكون فعلاً رواية، ولكي تنوجد بعض الأحداث بدلاً عن "التمطيط".
تقييمي نجمة واحدة لوجود اقتباسات رائعة لامست روحي فقط.
Jackie Morales
Mar 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A waste of time

This, without a doubt, was the most depressing book I have ever read. There was so much redundant dialogue. My book club chose this book for our next gathering and I'm guessing that there will be people who somewhat liked the book and others like me who hated it.
Pam
Aug 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Oh dear me.. this received such a high recommendation by a friend & I was so hsppy to find it to read...and I disliked very much. I KNOW! But I justcould notget into this man’s head nor sit still as I read through his angst..SUCH angst...
Babs
Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Crap. And to think I purchased this book.
Wikar
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Carey
Jan 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. I thought it was slow and boring.
Muhemed Masika
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
She was and is a wolf in lambs clothing
Rida
Oct 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
أتجنب الكُتب الأكثر مبيعا لكني وقعت في الفخ
رواية مُملة ومكررة ، لا أنصح
Ebru
Feb 18, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Saçma.
مريم
Feb 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
النجمة للترجمة فقط (:
TSena_gl
May 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Fazla klasik okuyan biri olmadığımdan sanırım, bu kitap bana pek fazla hitap etmedi. Beklentilerimi okuyanlar baya bir yükseltmişlerdi, belki de bu yüzden daha bi' üzüntü duydum, kitap bitince. Normal bir konusu olan ve normal seyirinden ilerleyen bir kitaptı. Ben pek bir duygu hissedemedim.
Demet Yücel
Sep 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
klasik bir hikaye.
Tyrion
Jun 17, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
o kadar çok abartıldı ki artık nefret ettim kitaptan. yahu ne var bu kitapta, tipik bir aşk hikayesi. hatta onlarca saçmalık var.
Mohamed Elkhawaga
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
لا أخفي بعضًا من الجمال قد لمسته، ولكن ربما لم يشفع ذلك!!
وجدتها مملة.
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Sabahattin Ali (February 25, 1907 – April 2, 1948) was a Turkish novelist, short-story writer, poet, and journalist.

He was born in 1907 in Eğridere township (now Ardino in southern Bulgaria) of the Sanjak of Gümülcine (now Komotini in northern Greece), in the Ottoman Empire. He lived in Istanbul, Çanakkale and Edremit before he entered the School of Education in Balıkesir. Then, he was transferred
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“Hayatta yalnız kalmanın esas olduğunu hâlâ kabul edemiyor musunuz? Bütün yakınlaşmalar, bütün birleşmeler yalancıdır. İnsanlar ancak muayyen bir hadde kadar birbirlerine sokulabilirler, üst tarafını uydururlar; ve günün birinde hatalarını anlayınca, yeislerinden her şeyi bırakıp kaçarlar. Halbuki mümkün olanla kanaat etseler, hayallerindekini hakikat zannetmekten vazgeçseler bu böyle olmaz.” 214 likes
“İnsanlara ne kadar çok muhtaç olursam onlardan kaçmak ihtiyacım da o kadar artıyordu.” 193 likes
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