A strangeness in my mind

A strangeness in my mind

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Author: Orhan Pamuk
Publisher: Penguin Random House
No. of pages: 624
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Language: English
ISBN: 9780143427582
Published on: 2016
Book Format: Paperback
Category: Novel
Age group: Teens


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 hed 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 fathers trade, selling boza (a traditional, mildly alcoholic Turkish drink) on the street, hoping to become rich like the other villagers who have settled on the desolate hills outside the booming metropolis. But luck never seems to be on Mevluts side. 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.

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