Silent House

Silent House

Book - 2012
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Awaiting the arrival of her grandchildren in her home outside Istanbul, bed-ridden widow Fatma shares memories and grievances with her late husband's illegitimate son until his cousin, a right-wing nationalist, involves the family in the Turkish military coup of 1980.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780307700285
Characteristics: 334 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Finn, Robert P.
Alternative Title: Sessiz ev. English


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Dec 27, 2012

I didn't read beyond a few chapters as the story didn't grab my interest. I guess the author was setting up a scene for the following events in the story, but I didn't have the patience to get involved in the family matters being described. The events I read about show that an aging grandmother, who lives just outside of Istanbul, has her grandchildren over for a summer visit. I enjoyed Barbara Nadel's books and I hoped I might find a similar story in Pamuk's writing.


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