Laura’s Shelf-Talker: ‘A Strangeness in My Mind,’ Orhan Pamuk


Set in Istanbul and spanning 4 decades from the late 60’s to modern times, this beautifully yet simply written story of a Turkish street vendor, his family and friends will make you question what it means to be human.  As the city grows and changes around him and his friends and family find prosperity, Melvut walks the streets at night selling Boza (a traditional Turkish drink), dealing with the strange thoughts in his mind. Wealth eludes him but as he grows from a boy to a man it is his relationships with the streets of his city, his customers, his friends and his family that sustain him and give his life meaning.

An insight into the lives of moderate Muslims and the racial tensions and moral dilemmas that exist in a nation that straddles east and west the book touches on politics, history, religion and philosophy but is above all one of the most beautiful love stories you will ever read.


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