Semester Break–Home and Istanbul

After having a nice break between semesters at home, I’m back in Turkey and leaving for Denizli tonight. It was to see everyone in VA/DC and Madison and recharge for the rest of my time in Turkey.

Before going home and since coming back, I’ve spent a lot of time in Istanbul. Apart from seeing the major tourist attractions (Aya Sofya, Sultanahmet, etc.), there is so much more to do and see in Istanbul. I stayed on the Asian side of Istanbul (in Kozyatağı), so every day I would have to take the ferry over to the European side to see places. Although the commute over took awhile, I still really enjoyed it. While on the ferry you get nice views of both sides of the city. The Bosphorus is always a little choppy, and is a greenish-blue color, which makes for some nice pictures.

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Review of “The Museum of Innocence” (Spoiler Alert)

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Having read a few other Pamuk novels, the format of the Museum of Innocence is structured in a similar way: the plot for a large part of the book moves very slowly but is more action-packed towards the end. This is normally a bit irritating for me and makes it difficult to maintain interest in the book, and at first it was true in this book as well, but my perspective changed once I visited the museum in Istanbul. In the museum, each chapter has its own case filled with items mentioned in the book. Seeing all the items in the museum really makes the story come to life, and you can almost picture Kemal sitting in the Merhamet Apartments, biting the ruler he and Fusun used during their tutoring sessions. After spending an afternoon reliving the story in the museum, I came to understand the very meticulous descriptions of Kemal’s visits to the Keskin’s not as unnecessary details but as a way for Pamuk to convey the extent of Kemal’s agony. Continue reading Review of “The Museum of Innocence” (Spoiler Alert)