- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Faber; Main edition (3 August 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 057122525X
- ISBN-13: 978-0571225255
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 3 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,40,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Black Book Paperback – 3 Aug 2006
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The Black Book is Orhan Pamuk's hugely acclaimed novel, published in a stunning new translation.See all Product description
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It's quality is awesome! It's letters are visible. And no words for Pamuk. I couldn't possibly say anything about a Nobel-winner!
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The entire book, though wrapped around a very thinly set up mystery, is about the philosophical conundrum of how can people be just themselves. Is it possible? Is it desirable? What would such a life be like?
This is not for light reading; and it's not a page turner. One of Pamuk's early works, it has moments of amazingly good writing - followed by moments of boring, inessential details. Overall, the former outweighed the latter making for an interesting if not too entertaining a read.
The book is about identity, alienation and the art of writing . The author's intent to mislead the reader is deliberate. Like Galip, the main character of the novel , you are constantly forced to re-evaluate that which you were quiet confident that you understood the first time around. Ultimately it becomes too disorientating, and tiresome. I have no doubt that "The Black Book" is considered a Great Novel. However Pamuk's style, in translation, makes this work very difficult and less than rewarding to read.
The story of the Mannequin Maker however is very haunting, and it is this/those segment(s) of the novel which I will always remember and rediscover in memory.