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Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk
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Mar 22, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: memoir, turkey, nonfiction

I really want to enjoy Pamuk, but something about his writing just doesn't connect for me. I think ultimately our interests and priorities don't overlap enough to generate much enthusiasm on my side, and unlike say, Marilynne Robinson, the writing alone isn't mesmerizing enough to keep me going.

Which is to say that despite heading off to Istanbul for the first time, and looking to Mr. Pamuk for some inspiration, I put the book down after about 80 pages. As with his novel Snow, I realized I was bored, and slogging through out of a sense of duty.

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Reading Progress

March 22, 2012 – Started Reading
March 22, 2012 – Shelved
March 22, 2012 – Shelved as: memoir
March 22, 2012 – Shelved as: turkey
March 22, 2012 – Shelved as: nonfiction
May 1, 2012 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Unfortunately, that was my experience with him too. I didn't even get that far with Snow. I wonder if after having traveled to Istanbul I would better connect with the book, but I doubt it. I just find his writing tedious and boring.


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