I loved this novel. It’s about the lives of Christians and Muslims in a small town in South West Anatolia during the end of the Ottoman Empire. The myriad of townspeople’s voices tell their tales of love, war, racism, revenge, lust, politics, religion, and folklore. I met many unique characters, like Iskander the Potter, Karatavuk the Letter-Writer, Ibrahim the Goatherd, and his love Philothei – the town’s most beautiful girl. I also learned much about the birth of the Turkish nation. My only criticism is that Mustafa Kemal’s passages cram most of the politics and war into them, making them too dense to enjoy. They are off-pace with the rest of the novel.
Gwenamon says: Lush and unique