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Ali ile Ramazan

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  424 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Paperback, 164 pages
Published February 2010 by Doğan K. (first published 2010)
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Çavlan
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Roman, adından da anlaşılacağı gibi, Ali ve Ramazan isimli iki aşığı anlatıyor. Ali, daha küçücükken gözleri önünde annesinin babasını baltayla öldürüp, ardından kendini öldürdüğü bir çocuk. Anne ve baba tarafında bir takım akrabaları var, ama iki taraf da Ali'yi suçluyor bu olaydan dolayı (hani "neden öyle put gibi durdu, kurtarsaydı anasını/babasını" gibisinden), istemiyor. Ali de devletin yetimhanesine gönderiliyor. Ramazan'sa daha bebekken cami avlusuna bırakılmış. Çok karizmatik, daha bebek ...more
TJ
Apr 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My oh my, the differences.

I bought this book bc amazon suggested I buy it, and the premise seemed interesting enough. I began it when I did because I've just finished the behemoth that is "1Q84" and I needed something short for balance. I finished it because... Well, because it was too short not to.

This book was awful. Not good at all. By far the worst book I've read in a long time. Unlike most people, I can differentiate between a bad book and a book that's just not my thing. All-in-all, the bo
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Mmars
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a random pick from the new books shelf at the library . The blurb told me it is the story of two orphans who befriend each other and become inseparable - a "pair". I'm told it's tragic and that the book is a "testament to love finding its way even among the least visible citizens on Turkey's mean streets". Well, I'm thinking brotherly love. And, it's not that.

Before saying more, I'd like to say that I don't know what to make of the book and if there is anyone out there who knows somethi
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Shawn Davis
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is not easy to read. Above all this story is not pleasant.

This is a story about child sexual abuse. It is a story about male prostitution.

But above it all, it is a story about finding love - the true love that makes a person want to be better, want to do more, and want to fiercely protect their beloved at all costs. But it is also a love that can be willfully blind.

Against the backdrop of an orphanage in Turkey, Ramazan, a beautiful boy who has been in an Istanbul orphanage since sho
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Grady
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Love Story Like No Other

Introducing Perihan Mağden! ALI AND RAMAZAN is the latest book coming into publication through AmazonCrossing by this extraordinary writer, perhaps one of the most gifted of our generation. Because she may not be well known yet in this country, a bit of biography will aid the reader's appreciation of her background, feats, and talents. 'Perihan Mağden, born in Istanbul in 1960, is a Turkish writer, known for her wit. After graduating from Robert College of Istanbul, she
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Ewelina
a little too much for my taste. had quite a lot of potential, but it was killed by the choppy writing. (this might be the translation's fault, though, i can't tell.)
Stephanie Jane
Jul 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-asia
Ali And Ramazan is not a happy novella. Abandoned orphans struggle to overcome the mental scars of their childhoods against a background of sexual, physical and mental abuse. Neglected and deprived by the incompetence of the orphanage's Master, they grow up cold and hungry before being summarily expelled on their eighteenth birthdays. It's a bleak image and all the more shocking for Magden's matter-of-fact prose. This book shows a dark side of Istanbul where child prostitution is rife and almost ...more
Tarık
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Depresyona gireceğim resmen. Hava soğuk kapalı, kitap soğuk depresif :S. Sürekli dramdan hazzetmeyen bünyeme iyi gelmedi :). Aslında beş yıldızlık bir kitap değil beşte dörtlük ya da üçlük falan ama Perihan Mağden'in bu cesur tavrını sevdiğim için bu puanı verdim. Zira hem konusu olan eşcinsellikten ötürü hem de okuduğum en argo dilli kitap olmasından dolayı Türkiye'de cesur sayılacak bir kitaptı. Ne yazsam bilemedim... Önyargılı insanların yargılarını yıkıp okumalarını sağlayacak bir değerlend ...more
J.
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
3 puan vermemin tek sebebi; romanın kısalığı...

Duygu sömürüsünden uzak durularak, dobraca anlatılmış bu çok acılı hikaye gerçekten hissettirmek istediklerini başarıyla empoze ediyor okuyanlara.
Ha ama tam tersi fazlaca duygu sömürüsü yapıldığını iddia edenleri de gördüm; romanın kısa kısa cümleleri hatta tek kelimelik cümleler özellikle bu eleştirilere sebep olmuş. Bana kalırsa Ramazan'a öylesine uygun düşüyor ki bu cümleler...

Kısa sürede okumuştum ve okuduğum günün tamamını düşünceli ve karamsa
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Jessica
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, turkey
This is not an easy read; it is about child prostitution, male prostitution, destitution and drugs. It's also about two boys finding true love in each other. The kind of love that can be great, but can also go all wrong when taken to extremes and especially in the characters' situation.

While the book is about boys growing up and their lives as young adults, I hesitated to shelf this book under YA.
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