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"Adana'da ayaklanmalar olmuştu. Kalabalık, Ermeni mahallesini yağmalamıştı. Altı yıl sonra çok daha büyük çapta olacakların provası gibi bir şeydi. Ama bu bile dehşetti. Yüzlerce ölü. Belki de binlerce."

Can çekişen Osmanlı İmparatorluğu ve Beyrut ile Fransa arasında yaşamı sürüklenen İsyan. "Doğunun Limanları" bu yüzyılın başını, bir insanın trajik tarihinin içinden
Paperback, 184 pages
Published January 2016 by Yapı Kredi Yayınları (first published 1996)
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Dima Babilie
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my life. It represents me in every way possible. Absolutely fantastic, everyone must read it. The summary given by Goodreads is very unfair by the way and there is much more to the book than a simple love story between two people of different religions and nationalities. Just read it! I will not spoil it to anyone.
Pinar Celebi
What I really liked about the book is the richness of the historical background, ranging from the last days of the Ottoman Empire, to French Resistance, to the breakdown of order in Beirut. It gently touches the identity issues from both ethnic and religious angles. All in all, it is a short novel of family ties, love, identity problems and despair.
Regina Lindsey
Ports of Call by Amin Maalouf
5 Stars
197 Pages

"I come from a part of the world where, throughout history, there has been one occupation after another, and my own ancestors occupied for centuries a good half of the Mediterranean. What I loathe, however, is racial hatred and discrimination. My father was Turkish, my mother Armenian, and if they were able to hold hands in the midst of the massacres, it was because they were united by their rejection of that hatred. This is my inheritance." (pg 60)

Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amin Maalouf was born in Beirut, his mother in Cairo (where his parents also married) and he later moved to France, when the Lebanese civil war started in 1975. All these places, plus others like Istanbul and Haifa, are present in Ports of Call, as the characters move to and fro between them. Above all there is the Levant, the Ancient Land, the magical place where the sun rises (in French, levant means rising, while Orient derives from the Latin oriens meaning east).

One day, while on the metro,
Amin Maalouf is a master storyteller. This story begins with the persecution of the Armenians and the downfall of the Ottoman Empire. It becomes the life story of Ossyane Ketabdar whose family relocates to the Lebanon where his father ensures he receives an education worthy of the prince he might have been. Ossyane goes to France to study medicine and ends up working for the Resistance during World War II. He meets Clara, a Jewish woman who has fled persecution and eventually, after the war, ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Towards the later part of this book the main character "Baku" empties his satchel on to the bed, all it contains are hundreds of keys! When fleeing a war-zone and destroyed family home why the keys? No explanation is offered, no conclusions drawn, nothing more is said of the keys. What are the keys to our lives? are they an entry to who we are, where we have been, where we are going and in holding them if they are enough to sustain us through life's trails and the world's tribulations. These are ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Beirut to Paris to Haifa, these different ports of call mark out the various stages of the protagonists life. The story chronicles the history of Ossyane, from the time of the decline of the Otoman Empire to the time of the Arab Israeli conflicts. But despite the long span of time, we do not see his character develop. He remains the same, as in the beginning, an idealist, a romantic and a non-conformist. Neither do we see much historical details. Instead, we get a flavour of the times, like ...more
Leena ElDeeb
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't stop myself from wondering how the storyline would have been if the protagonist was Jewish instead of his lover. I highly doubt Maalouf would have minded, but I'd love to read a plot like that for a change; I must admit I'm a bit prejudiced against love stories between Muslim man and Non-Muslim woman - nothing sectarian, it's just that there's a very few love stories featuring non-Muslim men in love with Muslim women. (Forgive my clingy feminist agenda.)

Anyway, I love the mixture of
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
World fiction is hit or miss for me. This one was a hit.

In this novella, a Lebanese man tells his life story to a journalist randomly met in Paris; the journalist introduces the story, which is essentially a monologue from the Lebanese man, spanning most of the 20th century. The translation is so smooth you wouldnt realize without being told that it wasnt originally written in English, and the author never forgets the books premise; the tone is conversational throughout. My favorite thing about
Almir Olovcic
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Again one brilliant masterpiece from Maalouf, about cultural differences that should bond people, about idiotic purpose of war, warfare and absurdity of dividing people based on their religion, faith, nation, origin, etc. Recommendation for all the hot-brained and brainwashed inhabitants and politicians from Balkan (at first place) and then worldwide.
Jack McGinn
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written, as is typical for Maalouf, and in an engaging narrative style where the story is told through the main character's reminiscences. Probably between 4-5 stars, but for the emotion and beauty packed in a short book, let's round up.
Ayşe Erceiş
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Are you certain that a man's life begins with his birth?

This is a story of how Ossyane, meaning Rebellion, tells his story to a woman that recognized him on the train from the newspapers-but Ill get to that later. Ossyane had an important event he had to attend in four days, but he agreed on telling the journalist as much as he can.

As Ossyane says at the beginning, this story starts way before his birth. Ossyanes story begins with his grandmother being the daughter of the Sultan during the
Emi Bevacqua
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mideast
Gorgeous storytelling, lyrical and imaginative, about three generations of a fragmented family separated by war and strife and heartbreak and happenstance. Thank you Rima for the recommendation, I love reading Amin Maalouf; even though I lack sufficient knowledge of the region's history to truly grasp the allegorical nature of this work, from the first page it sucked me in and absorbed me completely til the last beautiful page.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is still a wound in my soul, in my life. Still makes me cry. One of the best book I have ever ever evvver read.
Savaş Manyaslı
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although it's been a while, my recollection of this novel is all positive.
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Sometimes a false hope saves us from the agony. But if it does, can we call it a false one any more?
Paduraru Victor
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story goes at such a smooth, quick pace and yet it manages to feel engrossing much like the lands the story inhabits. The rest, well, you're just gonna have to ask Ossyan himself
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everybody recognize the books Semerkand or Afrikalı Leo belongs to Amin but this book is a masterpiece I think. Highly recommended.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction and stories that involve the near and the middle east. So no wonder why I love Amin Maalouf's novels so much. This was only the second novel of his that I read, and I suspect I will end up reading all of his novels. I really liked the protagonist' personality and the plot. It just amazed me to so naturally accept while reading, how things changed from one generation to the next one; or even in a decade not only historically but also in the life of the protagonist as an ...more
Marc Aubry
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
It is a great book, but this is not a surprise when you know the author !

Fourth time I read one of his book, they are amazing. I decided to give it four stars just because for the very first time with Amin Malouf, the third quarter of the history was a bit too long... I was not bored but, it would have been great if it was a bit shorter.

Sorry, I can not be more precise because I do not want to spoil the story, but it makes sense to make that part longer and slower (so the reader can feel like
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-highlights
Loved this one. Elegant, restraint, and a tiny bit quirky. It's a short yet roomy trip through 20th century history. The fall of the Ottomans, the Armenian genocide, the French resistance and the never ending Arab-Israeli conflict are negotiated in quiet and memorably effective prose. And there's a love story as well which slowly grows to encompass matters of dignity, and self-respect and the individual. More than anything this book is about the beautiful art of storytelling and its last ...more
Emin Yigit
This book left me with a melancholy and loneliness. Despite the gap between some incidents, the book was very catchy and, I could associate myself with some characters as a Turkish man who have roots from different Mediterranean countries. Reading about family members relocating to various locations, I hated once again the distance. After having finished the book, I wished I could be like a tree standing at the same point from its birth to death with other trees that I care and love.
Laura Padilla V
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautiful. Youre following the past life of the main character. The end is very emotional. Throughout the entire book, it looks real as there are some historical facts and events.
The name of the book in English is ports of call
Gulcin Cribb
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, this is the second book I read by Malouf after Samarkand. I thought it was succinct, but rich and deep in its analysis and narration of characters, period, anxieties, cultures, generations and history. It is certainly not superficial.
Claudia Prieto-Piastro
Third time I read it... Is simply beautiful.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply amazing!
Replicant Rachel
maybe one day, beautifully written.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit melancholy - but not sure it could not be - excellent descriptions, fascinating period.
Nora Chakaf
I can't say he's my number one novelist, but I do enjoy his narrations..
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