A Strangeness in My Mind

A novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (18 discs)
Product Number: DD20891
Released: Oct 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780385368568
Narrator/s: John Lee
Publisher: Books on Tape
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From the Nobel Prize winner and best-selling author of Snow and My Name Is Red: a soaring, panoramic new novel-his first since The Museum of Innocence-telling the unforgettable tale of an Istanbul street vendor and the love of his life. Since his boyhood in a poor village in Central Anatolia, Mevlut Karata has fantasized about what his life would become. Not getting as far in school as he'd hoped, at the age of twelve he comes to Istanbul-"the center of the world"-and is immediately enthralled by both the old city that is disappearing and the new one that is fast being built. He follows his father's trade, selling boza (a traditional mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, and hoping to become rich, like other villagers who have settled the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevlut's side. As he watches his relations settle down and make their fortunes, he spends three years writing love letters to a girl he saw just once at a wedding, only to elope by mistake with her sister. And though he grows to cherish his wife and the family they have, he stumbles toward middle age in a series of jobs leading nowhere. His sense of missing something leads him sometimes to the politics of his friends and intermittently to the teachings of a charismatic religious guide. But every evening, without fail, Mevlut still wanders the streets of Istanbul, selling boza and wondering at the "strangeness" in his mind, the sensation that makes him feel different from everyone else, until fortune conspires once more to let him understand at last what it is he has always yearned for. Told from different perspectives by a host of beguiling characters, A Strangeness in My Mind is a modern epic of coming of age in a great city, a brilliant tableau of life among the newcomers who have changed the face of Istanbul over the past fifty years. Here is a mesmerizing story of human longing, sure to take its place among Pamuk's finest achievements.

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Author(s): Orhan Pamuk
Awards:2016-Fiction-Shortlist-The Man Booker Prize International

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Author(s): Orhan Pamuk
Narrator(s): John Lee
Product Number Z100089719
Released: Oct 20, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780385368575
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Author(s): Orhan Pamuk
Product Number EB00593979
Released: Oct 20, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9781101875834

Professional reviews

"Pamuk's newest novel is as much an homage to his beloved Istanbul and its slow metamorphosis into a modern city as it is the story of Mevult, a street vendor who struggles with understanding himself. Narrator John Lee's performance is seasoned with a delicate touch of melancholy as Mevult contemplates his family, fate, and God while wandering the city's neighborhoods selling boza (an alcoholic drink). Lee easily guides listeners past two of the challenges of this audiobook--its nonlinear structure and variety of perspectives--keeping confusion at bay. Most impressive is how Lee's pacing reflects the rhythms of the city and Mevult's life, from the quiet foundations of tradition to the bustle of the twenty-first century. Among the highlights is Lee's impeccable rendition of the boza seller's call. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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