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The White Castle
The White Castle | Orhan Pamuk
From a Turkish writer who has been compared with Borges, Nabokov, and DeLillo comes a dazzling novel that is at once a captivating work of historical fiction and a sinuous treatise on the enigma of identity and the relations between East and West. In the 17th century, a young Italian scholar sailing from Venice to Naples is taken prisoner and delivered to Constantinople. There he falls into the custody of a scholar known as Hoja--"master"--a man who is his exact double. In the years that follow, the slave instructs his master in Western science and technology, from medicine to pyrotechnics. But Hoja wants to know more: why he and his captive are the persons they are and whether, given knowledge of each other's most intimate secrets, they could actually exchange identities. Set in a world of magnificent scholarship and terrifying savagery, The White Castle is a colorful and intricately patterned triumph of the imagination. Translated from the Turkish by Victoria Holbrook. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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CarolynOliver
The White Castle | Orhan Pamuk
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book (Pamuk's My Name Is Red is one of my favorites). The premise is interesting, the writing is good, the ending is masterful---but it bogs down in the middle, at least for me. Loved the narrative frame and unreliable narrator, wasn't into the psychological intrigue.

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CarolynOliver
The White Castle | Orhan Pamuk
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CarolynOliver @britt_brooke @I-read-and-eat @KarenUK @ReadingSusan Thank you! It is ridiculously comfortable, and I like looking out the window at the snow. 3y
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MelanieAnn
The White Castle | Orhan Pamuk
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