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This book is very academically written and hard to read in places. There is a lot of 'big' words used that unless you have a high grade in English, will not be able to understand. I have good reading skills but was tempted to give up reading this book on numerous occasions but i persevered because of; The interesting life stories of the Modern and Traditional Turkish women and Jewish women raised in Turkey are informative and excellent in terms of gaining an insight into the extremes of Turkish culture, the different cultural practices and expectations and the impact this has upon many of the women of Turkey. A must read for those who have links with Turkey.
However, the women's stories only take up about 45% of the book because the other 55% of the book, which i did not expect but i understand why it needed to be referred to, refers to the History of Turkey and its Governments. This is where it is difficult to read and quite boring to read. Apart from the obvious, I found it hard to see how the historical stories that were used actually related to the women's experiences. The History/Government practices needed to be explained in a way that can be understood. Thus because I could not understand this Author's way of writing, I did not get to understand the Governments ideologies which I know from elsewhere are very controversial but this Author did not make it any easier to read or understand.
More women's stories would have made this book better and much less of the history lesson that was written in a way I could not understand. And still have very little understanding of.