Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#Bookreview for June #MyNameIsRed by #OrhanPamuk


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When I saw this book under the "New Arrivals" section I was drawn to medieval drawings on the cover of this book about the Ottamon Empire and the royal court! Mostly a murder mystery about one of artist commissioned to do what is consider "controversial" artwork style, a man from the past has been charged by a senior artist to find out who is responsible and also discovers his love from his childhood! This book is a tapestry of royal plots, believes, sex, powers, and art that I found very fastinating as I read this book!



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I love maps in novels, fiction or nonfiction, because it tells alot where characters or events have been taken place, whether its local or far away! In this map, I can see where the Ottaman Empire is in between Europe and Middle East/Asia continents which help shaped the course of the country and its people!

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For those learning about different faith practices, I learned a few passages how certain Islamic sectors believe, practice, and interrupt certain chapters and passage from their Holy Koran and applying it do traditional and contemporary daily activities. 

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I love the table of contents and how it introduces readers to each character/object/idea and their perspective about their place in this mystery/murder story!

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In this character, we learn the perspectative of this color red in the artwork and how it intreprets the characters and ideas on the pages of books and artworks. 

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In this character, we learn of the fate of the now murder royal artist and how its waiting on justice and its perspectative of being on the supernatural side of the spirit world. 


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I enjoyed reading the perspectative of the tree and how its being depicted in life and in art depending on the artist or viewers stand point!

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One of the heroes of the story, Black returns after 12 years back to his neighborhood in Istanbul and is charge in finding "who done it" with a murder of artist for the royal commission of book for the Sultan to Venetian ambassadors to show the glory of royal court and the Ottoman Empire. Layers of doubts, power struggles, believes, and art perspectives are all layers that Black explores and uncovers to find the murder suspect!

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I love how the women play a part in helping discover the murder mystery of royal artists while using their power of influence to navigate through cultural restrictions for clues through their circles of influence. One of the heroes of the story is Shekure, daughter of the prominent head artists who is commissioned to the royal book for the Sultan in private! Shekure is living as devoted daughter and widow of two young sons and figuring out her true feelings for  Black! She is intelligent, clever, and mysterious but uses her resources from her contacts through the female house slave, the neighborhood clothier and matchmaker Esther, and other circles of her influence.

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In my personal opinion, Esther tells the events of this murder mystery and crazy love entanglement of Black and Shekure in very honest, hilariously manner. She is Jewish matron in Instabul who sells her fine clothes and exchanges love letters to most of the prominent and impoverish housesholds. Esther also use her intelligence and circle of influences to help assist both Black and Shekure in this mystery and their romance.


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For me, I have not learn of this particular author and recipient for Nobel Peace prize in Literature until I discover this novel on the "New Arrivals" display at my college campus library. I hope to read his other literary works as well which seems to be influenced with his Turkish background. I highly suggest to read this novel which is good mixture of mystery, murder, royal plots, and romance for your Summer reading!

Until next time....

Ursula

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1 comment:

  1. I may have to give My Name Is Red a try. A couple of years ago, I tried reading another of Pamuk's novels but I was unable to get into it. But I need to try another of his novels, and this one sounds great. If you enjoy reading stories about the Middle East, you may want to try reading the Egyptian Nobel prize winner, Mahfouz's masterwork, The Cairo trilogy - easy reading and a story of a family that unfolds over 3 novels and sucks you in.

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