It is , a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal and Sibel, children of two prominent families, are about to become engaged. But when Kemal encounters Füsun. Editorial Reviews. ronaldweinland.info Review. site Best Books of the Month, November The story of Kemal, the half-hearted industrialist who is the hero of. Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence. Some writers have always been identified with particular cities: Dickens and London, Dostoevsky.
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A stirring exploration of the nature of romantic attachment and of the mysterious allure of collecting, The Museum of Innocence also plumbs the depths of an Istanbul half Western and half traditional—its emergent modernity, its vast cultural history. Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. Are the tensions between both societies reconciled or accommodated?
On page 37, Kemal states that his parents were not religious yet they retained many religious customs and traditions. What role does religion play in the novel? What do you think Iyer means? Do you agree with Marcel Proust?
How might you answer that? Are these two statements contradictory? Do you agree with either? She looks at his family, at the way he deports himself.
Where else is this idea reflected in the novel? How are political events within Turkey from the s and s integrated into the novel?
Do the characters address the political turmoil surrounding them? Then no one has to feel guilty. Do you agree? Is it realistic? Did the book make you think differently about time? Why might there be a sense of shame attached to collecting? How do you distinguish between a collector and a hoarder?
Do you collect anything?
If so, what do you think drives your passion? How do you interpret this passage? What do shame and pride have to do with a museum? At first, it's just a seduction.
He thinks of her as even more modern than Sibel, and love doesn't come into it. But when he discovers her "growing amazement" at the new world of sex he introduces her to, their afternoons together become an obsession.
She knows of his engagement and he knows he must give her up — and he will, any day now.
Then she disappears, and he learns that her family has moved. It will take Kemal almost a year to find her again, a year of driving through every neighbourhood of the enormous city, months of heavy drinking in which he loses all interest in Sibel, even after they move in together.
Sibel hopes to save him from what seems an inexplicable sadness, and learning the truth enrages her. She breaks off their engagement; but that is only the start of Kemal's separation from the social world he had once thought to inherit.
The young men in the street are very Turkish indeed, and suspicious of his repeated visits. But they grow used to him, for over the next eight years he will invite himself for dinner some 1, times.
But his resolve comes too late. A stirring exploration of the nature of romantic attachment and of the mysterious allure of collecting, The Museum of Innocence also plumbs the depths of an Istanbul half Western and half traditional—its emergent modernity, its vast cultural history.
Orhan Pamuk won the Nobel Prize for Literature in His work has been translated into more than sixty languages. A resounding confirmation that Orhan Pamuk is one of the great novelists of his generation.
With this book, he literally puts love in our hands. Deeply and compellingly explores the interplay between erotic obsession and sentimentality. There is a master at work in this book.
Istanbul—its sounds, its smells, its history—permeates everything. A classic, spacious love story. Engrossing and sensual. Granular and panoramic, satirical and yet grounded in reality. Great writers have made the failed love stories of desperate, self-involved men pulsate.
A master, like Pamuk, makes the story feel vital. In its sensuousness of the life observed, its Olympian insight into the clashes of classes and professions, and its fearlessness in tackling the great themes of human existence without dilution by showiness, tricks, or superficiality, it evokes the great novels of love and obsession by Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Mann.
A tour de force. Museum digs deep into memory, and the inescapability of the past. And just as Dostoyevsky did in critiquing a Russia that looked outward to Europe rather than inward to find its soul, Pamuk portrays an upper class that takes its cues from the West, while threatening to dislodge itself from its native culture. A haunting and evocative depiction of the passion and frailty of youth and beauty and of the enduring character of memory.
Reading The Museum of Innocence , most readers will find themselves falling deeply in love with that magical city.