Umut ‘Hayat Akan Bir Sudur’ (Roman Boy) [Utku Lomlu Ayse Kulin] on Amazon. com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Osmanli’nin gÖzdesi Bosna bir imza. Umut by Ayse Kulin, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Ayşe Kulin (born 26 August in İstanbul) is a Turkish female short story writer , screenwriter Sit Nene`nin Masalları, ; Umut, ; Taş Duvar Açık Pencere, ; Türkan, ; Hayat – Dürbünümde Kırk Sene (–),
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Umutplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This novel tells the story of a Muslim family living in Istanbul in the s. The establishment of the Republic of Turkey in meant that this was a period of great social and political upheaval for the people of Turkey.
I enjoyed reading about the varying perspectives of the changes that were taking place, as each member of the family has a very different outlook. Each one of them has their own unique story to tell and the reader is thrown head first into the midst of them all, which meant This novel tells the story of a Muslim family living in Istanbul in the s.
Each one of them has their own unique story to tell and the reader is thrown head first into the midst of them all, which meant for quite a bit of confusion at times. Nonetheless, there were still times I found myself at a loss as to who exactly an individual was.
One of the female protagonists of the novel, Sabahat, is an intelligent young woman with a strong sense of self. She insists upon pursuing her education through high school and beyond. The reader is made aware that this was unusual for a Muslim girl living in Istanbul in the s and thus the reader cannot help but admire her father for being so progressive and allowing his daughter her education.
However, he is still a man of his time and he is devastated to find that his daughter has fallen in love with an Armenian boy. The Turkish-Armenian War is still fresh in many minds and therefore Sabahat and Aram find a lot of opposition to their relationship.
Her father is particularly against it as Aram is a Christian and it is unthinkable for Sabahat not to marry another Muslim.
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Overall I found this aspect of the story to be the most captivating and I was desperate to see if the relationship between Sabahat and Aram was strong enough to withstand everything that was thrown their way. In the epilogue the author briefly tells the kuliin what happened, but I very much would have ayes for it to have been a part of ayss novel itself. Sitare and Muhittin are two people that we follow separately through the pages of this novel until they eventually meet and marry.
Muhittin is a Muslim of Bosnian decent. Muhittin was educated in Istanbul and becomes a very successful civil engineer. Ultimately I did enjoy this novel and I was fascinated by this glimpse into such a compelling era of history.
Sadly I spent a fair bit of time confused and had to go back and re-read different parts of the novel to try to understand who a person was or why they were doing what they were doing.
I would recommend reading a brief history of the time period before you read, which is something I ended up doing as I was reading in order to give myself a better understanding of the novel itself. The book is semi biographical, as I understand it.
The author marks the timespan between her father’s birth and her own birth by weaving a story around the historical events that took place in the erstwhile Ottomon society with a lot of fiction peppered in between. Like Kulin’s rest of the books, this one is also translated but still remains fairly engaging to be honest. The plot isn’t too complicated, pretty much the same as other book stories of the genre, family, love, political turmoil, birt The book is semi biographical, as I understand it.
The plot isn’t too complicated, pretty much the same as other book stories of the genre, family, love, political turmoil, births, deaths etc. So I will spare you the details, but if you are looking for a light read to take your mind off something else, or to catch a break from the heavier reads, this is a decent book. Nothing much to takeaway but it is entertaining I can say.
View all 4 comments. Kulin takes as her starting point the birth of her father in and ends with her own birth in so much of Love In Exile has autobiographical roots although the storyline itself is heavily fictionalised. Both babies were born in the city of Istanbul, but to vastly different worlds – one sees the final years of the powerful Ottoman Empire, the other joins the vibrant new Republic of Turkey – and it is these incredible changes over less than four decades which provide the fascinating backdro Kulin takes as her starting point the birth of her father in and ends with her own birth in so much of Love In Exile has autobiographical roots although the kulih itself is heavily fictionalised.
Both babies were born in the city of Istanbul, but to vastly different worlds – one sees the final years of the powerful Ottoman Empire, the other joins the vibrant new Republic of Turkey – and it is these incredible changes over less than four decades which provide the fascinating backdrop to Love In Exile.
We meet very traditional Bosnian Muslim grandparents who just managed to escape persecution in their homeland and now struggle to cope with Turkey’s rapid modernisation and radical ideas such as open male-female friendships, a new alphabet and Birthday parties. We also see Armenian Christians who, also exiled to Wyse, are essentially in the same situation, but are distrusted in their new land.
The Love of the title refers to many types of love and it was this exploration that I enjoyed most about the book.
Love for country is demonstrated by agonising homesickness for lands left behind and, in the next generation, by overwhelming dedication to creating the new Republic. Love is also shown within families and especially where multiple generations cohabit within the same house – admittedly a mansion – we see exceptional personal sacrifices alongside misunderstandings and the grief of loss.
Romantic love provides two of the strongest narrative threads. We follow the forbidden love of Muslim Sabahat and Christian Aram and, later, the surprise match of Muhittin and Sitare. I would have liked Sabahat and Aram’s relationship to be fully explored. Instead they are central for much of the novel before becoming lost amongst the many other characters and stories.
Despite family trees at the beginning, I did often lose track of who people were and how they related to each other. Large extended families are the norm and honorifics are frequently used in place of given names.
I wasn’t always engrossed in Love In Exile which is why it is only rated at three stars although I am still wavering between three and four. Some characters and storylines ymut my imagination whereas others failed to do so. I wanted kjlin know more about the older people – what life Saraylihanim led before her senility and how Mahir umutt with his wife’s obsessional behaviour.
However this is a good introduction to the turmoil of early 20th century Turkey and I would certainly like to discover more about the country at this time. See more of my book reviews on my blogs Literary Flits and Stephanie Jane I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I kept picturing mist over an open field, I think because my thoughts were lingering on this book while driving through misty corn fields.
Mist has a sparkling beauty about it, a kind of haunting that obscures the harsh realities of the truth. And that’s julin this book read, it was a love story that at times was beautiful, haunting or obscured.
There were too many charac Disclaimer: There were too many characters but being an autobiographical novel? I fell in love with the characters, I felt I was in Turkey in the twenties and thirties, and I didn’t want it to end.
But end it did. And the ending, so abrupt, blowing all the mist away, diminished the magic of the story. Which is why I gave it four stars instead of five.
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But yet, even four days later, I still feel the story circling around me. There is magic to some books, and despite the ending, this book has it. Jun 16, Tamara rated it it was amazing. This certainly is not the best of her novels. It is based on authors life. The book has just too many characters, all who played a major part of this book Interesting, but not intriguing.
I found myself extremely disappointed in this book, enough that I had to DNF page It got to the point that I dreaded picking up the book; I even dreaded just the mere thought of the book. A part was I was just bored with it, but I had such high expectations that when they crashed and burned, I was bummed.
The story of a forbidden love between an Armenian boy and Muslim girl in a s Turkey going through so much societal change and revolution is storytelling gold. The fact that it came fr I found myself extremely disappointed in this book, enough that I had to DNF page Being so close to the past Armenian genocide in which our male lead lost family and in a Muslim county trying to find a balance between Western culture and Eastern values, this story carried tons of potential.
The author at least shined in the setting department. We get an intimate look at the family dynamics of a Muslim family aysee flux, going through drastic changes in their society and values system. The lush world of Islamic Turkey with a mixture of Christianity made for interesting reading. The slew of characters ayyse the main thing that got me. I could have understood the full range of family members for Sabahat and Aram; after all, they all have a bearing on how these two develop as individuals and how their relationship would grow or not.
However, when you get to a whole new family only remotely connected with Sabahat by a historical family origin place, I lost myself. The way the story was divided up also threw me.
Then we cut away to the different family with all new people, family dynamics, and history. Maybe if things had been interwoven from the beginning, this sudden cut would have been easier to swallow. To me, this book was full of misguided hope and broken expectations.
It started out strong with a great setting and world-building. Umjt story of forbidden love between our leads started to engage me. Yet, the author made a sharp veer into a new story and family with no warning.
This lost my interest quick and made me dread trying to dive back in. Book received for free from a GR giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Both met as teenagers when they attended the American School in Istanbul, Turkey. Although Sabahat was three years older, to Aram, it was love at first sight.
Aram confessed his love three years later to his close friend Sabahat. She felt the same.