Saturday’s Book: “Mediterranean Waltz” by Buket Uzuner

Our local library set up a new stand with recommended books for readers of English. This one caught my eye. I find Turkey to be a fascinating country and I was interested in experiencing it through the eyes of a female writer.

I’ve already read more than half the book (455 pages) and I am riveted and annoyed by it in turns.

The two stories AND the cultural background are very interesting. I’m curious as to how things will develop as I cannot predict anything here. I like that!

However, the way the book is written reminds me of the expanding circles created when one throws a stone into water. Uzunet returns often to the same events, telling them again but adding new details. I find this repetition irksome and at times even boring. I also dislike such frequent use of superlatives.

But the bottom line is that I have no intention of abandoning the book before I’ve read to the very end. And I guess that is what counts!


*** NOTE: Saturday’s Book is going on a brief holiday. You can be sure that whatever I’m doing, I will be reading. The books are already waiting on the shelf for me!

2 thoughts on “Saturday’s Book: “Mediterranean Waltz” by Buket Uzuner”

  1. Hi Naomi!

    Now this book is DEFINITELY going to my wishlist! I LOVE Turkish writers – as I might have mentioned (countless times ; ) Orhan Pamuk is my favourite writer and I have also enjoyed reading Zulfu Livaneli.

    Thanks for this great tip, Naomi! Will miss you while you are away but have a great time : )

    Best wishes,

  2. Vicky!
    Do keep me posted on how your wish list is coming along. Let me know what you think of it when you read it!
    Will be in touch after holiday!

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