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My Name Is Red

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    His best work yet, beyond brilliant!

    I am an avid reader of Orhan Pamuk, however I must say that this one is his masterpiece. My name is Red is taking us to historical labyrinths of Istanbul. His trademark 'detailed description of the characters and events' is at its best. What I like most is Pamuk usually tells his stories from different points of view. This books looks like a murder-suspense book at the first place, however page by page you start to see Islam and its philosopy from the eyes of 16th century miniaturists. What I learnt from his interviews is Pamuk could not finish writing this book for a long time and he always prefers handwriting (just like his friend, great Paul Auster). You can see his precise technique and talented storytelling page by page. Pamuk has obviously done a great research about the 16th century Istanbul and the result is awesome. I may critize the translation a little bit but I appreciate that to translate a book by O.Pamuk must be tough! My name is red is 'a must' Because of this book Pamuk got the 2003 IMPAC award. You will see his talent starting from the first chapter. Amazing, sad, humorous, brilliant. Well, do yourself a favor and purchase this one and then spare the time to read it carefully.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    A great read for those with an interest in religion and art!

    I had just finished studying Islamic art extensively in one of my art history classes (I am an art history major) when I began reading this book. This was a great read, but I feel it would be difficult to understand for those not interested in art and religion, and particularly for those who have little background in Islamic art. If you are, however, what a great book! The detail with which the author describes the process of illuminating manuscripts and the passion the miniaturists possess for doing so is incredible and moving. The plot is intriguing and just when you think you know what's going to happen, something surprises you.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2003

    Brillant !!

    I wanted to read over and over.Sometimes makes you smile,sometimes makes you feel sad.Incredible !! Orhan Pamuk is really talented author.I'm looking forward his next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    I stretch to give it a one star! Horrible! One of the only books in my life I could not finish!!

    This is poorly written trash which gives the reader an excess of how deceitful and corrupt the Muslim culture is. It tries to emulate the Canterbury Tales and does a terrible job. I can not wait to hear the discussions in my book club which usually does a great job of choosing books. What a waste of my money!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    It brought back memories of my art history class in college.

    I really didn't know there was so much competition between miniaturists and European art. Orhan Pamuk's books are interesting and his characters are well developed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2003

    Pamuk at his best

    The latest of Pamuk's books takes place in 15th century Istanbul. A time and place we know very little about. The characters are detailed and surprising (dog, death, satan etc.). The story is told from many different points of view which adds depth and richness. This book is another example of Pamuk's mastery in telling a timeless story of love, hate, murder and art taking place in a remote point in time. From the first sentence you will know that you are reading the work of a very clever and able writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2002

    Beyond Brilliant, Brilliantly Enjoyable

    Full of wonder and discovery in a most unlikely place. It's a pity so few people will probably find there way to this astonishing work. From the first page I was swept up in a sub-culture and time that I knew absolutely nothing about. It gives a lot of perspective to what's going on in the world today. We don't always take the time to observe and empatize with the way others lived, centuries before us. His writing is pure poetry, full of tenderness and savagery. It takes you into the realm of a thriller yet you feel it take shape in Pamut's mind as he seduces you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2002

    Beautiful and Brilliant

    I love this book. It is astonishingly beautiful. Definitely a book to savor. Also, I have an Arts Education - which was really an education in Western Art - and it has been very interesting to learn about Eastern Art and the East's perceptions of the West, particularly in the 16th century. Fascinating, mysterious and beautiful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    A Story to Remember

    To combine history, mystery, romance, and philosophy in a beautifully written story is a remarkable achievement. I couldn't put the book down, and now, can't forget it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2002

    Wow!

    This book was a real page turner! I can't get the story out of my head and felt a deep sadness when the book finally finished.To fully enjoy this gift of a book one must read My name is Red slowly very slowly.

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