As the snow begins to fall, a journalist arrives in the remote city of Kars on the Turkish border. Kars is a troubled place - there's a suicide epidemic among its young women, Islamists are poised to win the local elections, and the head of the intelligence service is viciously effective. When the growing blizzard cuts off the outside world, the stage is set for a terrible and desperate act....
Orhan Pamuk's magnificent and best-selling novel evokes the spiritual fragility of the non-Western world, its ambivalence about the godless West, and its fury.
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Nice Book, horrible reader
The story is nice and well told, at many points confusing but yet amusing. It is a surreal documentary of common struggles between observers and participants of traditions and change for modernity.
The only trouble is that the reader is the most boring and horrible reader, i have ever listened to in an audiobook. It sounds like an old-english preacher during the most boring worship ever. Often you don't realize when dialogue partners change, until it is too late. The speaker is not able to create tension or any drama at all. I would not recommend to buy this version, but read the book.
- Nils Heininger