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Bliss by O.Z. Livaneli
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it

It's the best fiction novel I've read so far, with the three characters so well defined and justified and their stories seamlessly integrated into the novel, that the constant switch [between their stories] doesn't feel like a hinderance to its flow. My favorite story was that of the Professor, Irfan. The story is beautifully written, honest, and offers great insight into the Turkish culture without trying too hard, or without any obvious exposition.
I gave the book 4 stars in stead of 5 because of the way Livaneli ends the professors story. While Meryem and Cemal's story wraps up beautifully after all the struggle, the professor's ends in a sudden and incomplete way. IT almost feels like Livaneli was simply discarding the character. It gave me the back-to-square-one feeling.
But it's definitely a book I would read again.

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