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The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk
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Jan 22, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: not-finish-able

I know I am supposed to like this book. I loved Snow, and this book taught me a great deal about modern Turkey in the 1970's, because Pamuk really knows how to capture a sense of time and place. The fact that the narrator told the story in flashback while standing in his self-created museuem of his life's relics also made it the type of book I would generally enjoy.

I simply couldn't finish it, though, after several attempts, including bringing it on vacation, when I will read pretty much anything that is put in front of me. It was too repetitive, and the main character was too pathetic, with his obsession and regrets. I suppose it at least served as a cautionary tale about not becoming too preoccupied with someone.

After four attempts, I am giving up...at least for now.

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