Orhan Pamuk’s “Museum of Innocence” - Words Without Borders
The Museum of Innocence is set mostly in Istanbul in the 's. Kemal didn't break off his engagement at the end, thus resulted in his romantic Kemal's relationship with each of the Keskin (Füsun) family, the memories. And in the case of Orhan Pamuk's latest, The Museum of Innocence, that applies the book even carries an index at the end -- virtually unheard of in any work In gathering these odd artefacts of a dead relationship, Kemal. What follows in the next month and a half is an intense and secretive physical and emotional relationship between them. Kemal's happiest.
I soon got so hooked on it that I finished half of the book in one weekend and by the next weekend I finished all of it.
If you want to read the book in the near future, my review may contain spoilers. This idea of such museum is an interesting concept because I used to be hoarder of ticket stubs, cards, notes from friends; a sentimental person who values every memory that I have. The recent years however, having lived in a small space and even after moving to a bigger house I have since learnt to de-clutter and throw waste out of my life more aggressively in the past.
Review: The Museum of innocence by Orhan Pamuk
I often wonder if there was something amiss by decluttering, and this book almost make me want to be a hoarder again lol! I was fortunate or cursed! One who did that before marriage and if the engagement is broken is seen as a disgrace by the society.
Sometimes to cover up, the parents marry the daughter off to any suitor; Being religious and wearing headscarves are seen as not being modern; wanting the Turkish cinema to breakthrough in its old ways but having their own wives or lovers involved in kissing scenes is a no-no etc.
The analysis of the film industry of Turkey and the gathering place of wanna-bes movie stars is one of the key theme in the book as Kemal funded his first film project. The one who is being wronged, Sibel, was an extraordinary woman I admired, whom Kemal does not have the good fate to marry.
That is how civilised people behave. Then no one has to feel guilty. No one recognises the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. But when we reach the point when our lives take on their final shape, as in a novel, we can identify out happiest moment, selecting it in retrospect, as I am going now.
To explain why we have chosen this moment over all others, it is also natural, and necessary, to retell our stories from the beginning, just as in a novel.The Museum of Innocence by Pamuk
On pageSibel says: Then no one has to feel guilty. Did the book make you think differently about time? Consider the following statement by Kemal: Why might there be a sense of shame attached to collecting?
How do you distinguish between a collector and a hoarder? Do you collect anything? If so, what do you think drives your passion? While the West takes pride in itself, most of the rest of the world lives in shame. How do you interpret this passage?
What do shame and pride have to do with a museum? How might this assertion be true?
He is the overall bestselling author in his homeland and his books have been published in more than fifty languages. Born in Istanbul inPamuk grew up in a well-to-do, Western-oriented family. As a child he attended private schools and dreamed of becoming an artist.
He began his studies at Istanbul Technical University in architecture, but at the age of twenty-two switched to journalism, taking the first step in his career as a writer. The White Castle also introduced a deeper, more personal interest, one that imbues in his works of fiction and nonfiction alike: In his early years as a writer, Pamuk spent five years in residence at Columbia University, where he now holds a position as a visiting professor.
In the autobiographical profile he wrote for the Nobel Prize committee, Pamuk reflected on his time as a visiting scholar at Columbia and the influence that had on his evolution as a writer: For much of those five years, Pamuk devoted himself to writing The Black Book, a strikingly original novel that weaves multiple voices and beguiling stories about Istanbul, past and present, into a modern-day detective story.
Troubled by the changes occurring in Turkey, Pamuk wrote Snow, his first overtly political novel. A thought-provoking, witty, and balanced portrait of the rise of political Islamism, Snow was widely read and discussed in Turkey and became an international bestseller.
Collected essays, articles, and autobiographical sketches Now in his late fifties, Orhan Pamuk lives in Istanbul in the same apartment building he grew up in. His deep attachment to the city is beautifully captured in Istanbul: His comments caused a furor in Turkey: He returned to face a trial and the possibility of three years of imprisonment; the charges were dropped on a technicality in January It exposed, as well, the simmering distrust of—and sometimes blatant hostility toward—Muslim populations in the United States and Europe.
It was only by writing books that I came to a fuller understanding of the problems of authenticity as in My Name Is Red and The Black Book and the problems of life on the periphery as in Snow and Istanbul.
For me, to be a writer is to acknowledge the secret wounds that we carry inside us.
My confidence comes from the belief that all human beings resemble one other, that others carry wounds like mine—that they will therefore understand. All true literature rises from this childish, hopeful certainty that all people resemble one another.
Have his books given you a deeper understanding of the Muslim world? Have they altered your opinion about the current situation in the Middle East and other parts of the world where Islam is the dominant religion? Have you become more or less sympathetic? Compare your reactions to the historical novels and the contemporary works.
Which do you prefer and why?
The Museum of Innocence - Wikipedia
In these books what impact do the tensions between Eastern and Western beliefs and customs have on individual lives, on the relations between classes and ethnic groups, or on political debates? Consider the ethical, religious, and social dilemmas individuals face and how they resolve them.
How does each of them apply not only to Snow, but also to the other Pamuk books you have read? What role do perceptions—or misperceptions—about Islamic law and religious customs play in the assumptions Westerners make about Muslims?