It is so much more than a book about a city. Wonderfully written.
ok, so matt owens thinks this book is snotty aristocratic bullshit. don't go listening to that fool. this shit aint bad. great anecdotes and beautiful photographs of old istanbul.
The sadness and melancholy came as a bit of a surprise. Upon reflection, how could a city so ancient, which has experienced so many dramatic changes over so many centuries not be melancholy. Having lived in Turkey for three years and visited Istanbul on several occasions, I was perhaps seduced by the city's enchanting neighborhoods, its fascinating history, elegant buildings and high energy. I missed the melancholy entirely so Pamuk's book provided me with an entirely different understanding of Istanbul and what that city may mean to many Turks. He did take me by surprise. How were you, the other readers, affected by this book?
I also felt no sadness there , but as he is a native , probably has some right , other sight that we , tourists , can´t capture.
The chapter 35 , " first love" is so beautful...you can skip and read it at first.
Chapter 35 is te best one!!