After coming across Pamuk's auto- and Istanbul-biography in my dad's bookshelves and much to my surprise finding it brilliant, I got this for myself despite its not very engaging cover.
According to the novel itself, this is "the Adventures and Dreams of Mevlut Karatas, a Seller of Boza,
and of His Friends, and Also a Portrait of Life in Istanbul Between 1969
and 2012 From Many Different Points of View”.
- It is just as complex as it sounds, and yet ingeniously simple.
- Istanbul is so present it is practically a character in its own right.
- Beautiful writing!
- For no fault of Pamuk's, this is not the book to wipe out my aversion to translations.
Sadly incapable of reading Pamuk in Turkish, I think I will go for English or French next time.
- It's too long. Again. What is it with all these 500-page opuses I seem to be hoarding?
In short : Excellent.