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Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
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bookshelves: non-fiction, memoir

A toweringly Gothic, heartbreakingly melancholic, love letter to the city of Istanbul, as it existed both in actuality and the backward-focused mind's eye of the author.

If I had any personal connection to the city at all, if I'd even visited it onceuponatime, this would have been an unquestionable five stars, such was the naked evocative power of this memoir.

Even as it stands however, I challenge anyone to read this and not wish to run off immediately and see it for themselves. I'll have to settle for Google Earth. For now.
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Reading Progress

January 27, 2017 – Shelved
January 27, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 27, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction
January 27, 2017 – Shelved as: memoir
July 7, 2017 – Started Reading
July 7, 2017 –
11.0%
July 8, 2017 –
19.0%
July 8, 2017 –
28.0%
July 9, 2017 –
48.0% "Just got a large chunk of this read whilst sitting in the emergency room waiting to be treated for a nastily infected hand wound (my cat bit me last night, today I have sausage fingers)"
July 10, 2017 –
82.0%
July 11, 2017 –
92.0% "Chapter 35, on his first love, is achingly, heartbreakingly, beautiful."
July 12, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Lisa I read it while on vacation in Istanbul, and it was an almost physical reading pleasure. Must get to Pamuk again soon!


Campbell Oh my, that must have been a very special reading experience! I'm most envious!


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