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Memed, My Hawk by Yaşar Kemal
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Dec 11, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

A fun reasonably quick read that reminded me of a Turkish Robin Hood. Memed flees an oppressive life to become a bandit. The book is pretty episodic (it was first serialized in a Turkish paper) which also made it feel like listening to legendary tales. Not that this is a children's book. The writing has lyrical, metaphoric descriptions of the land and some shrewd depictions of the dynamics between bandits and peasants (reminded me a little bit of the Seven Samurai in that regard) to go along with its tales of oppressive landlords bested and daring escapes.
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