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My Name is Red Paperback – 19 Jun. 2002
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'We in the West can only feel gratitude that such a novelist as Pamuk exists, to act as a bridge between our culture and that of a heritage quite as rich as our own.' --Daily Telegraph
'More than any other book I can think of, it captures not just its past and present contradictions, but also its terrible, timeless beauty. It's almost perfect, in other words. All it needs is the Nobel Prize.' --Maureen Freely, New Statesman
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Unlike a couple of other reviewers, I enjoyed the different 'voices' used to drive the story along. The mystery and the love story served well to keep me reading to the end and the ending was very satisfying.
As a woman, It led me to reflect that it is only very recently that women have lost their second class status in the West. In the Islamic world at different times and places - like 16th century Istanbul - the societal structures seem to have forced both men and women to behave rather strangely, to modern Western eyes.
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(Also, I fail to see how anyone can even remotely compare “My Name is Red” with “The Name of the Rose” other than for the word “name” in the title).
It’s not that the world of Persian, Ottoman and Arab illuminators, miniature painters, gilders and calligraphers is not a fascinating subject; I just felt there was no need to spread this story over more than 500 pages with endless repetitions. Halfway through the book the reader will have comprehended the vast chasm existing between the art of the infidel “Frankish masters” with their own individual style, their life-like portraits, their perspectives, shadows and themes that had no need to be embedded in a story, and Islamic art with its fear of heresy and idolatry, its condemnation of creativeness (only Allah gives life to the lifeless) and of painting any other way than from Allah’s perspective, in other words art which is inextricably intertwined with and ruled by the Koran.
Towards the end I was heartily sick of Bihzad and the old masters of Herat, of Shirin and Huesrev, of devils and jinns, of miniaturists spending decades painting the same old formulaic scenes, trees, horses, flowers, etc. until they ended up blind (or blinding themselves), of the endless list of cruel sultans, shahs and pashas torturing and slaughtering each other and of pretty young apprentices being beaten and raped by their masters.
Not only does the story wear thin after a while, the characters are as flat, stiff and lifeless as the figures in a miniature painting, the love story between Black and Shekure is as dry as an old bone and as the characters never come to life, the dénouement of the murder mystery falls flat.
The 3-star rating is a compromise between 4 stars for originality, setting and some beautiful descriptive passages and 2 stars for characters and plot.
Read to experience, likes of me will write much, but only by reading it, you so shall understand why there are likes of me willing to write about it. :)
En resumen, esta novela está elaborada como un puzzle, o una colección caleidoscópica de distintos puntos de vista sobre los sucesos que van ocurriendo. Está bien ambientada históricamente, pero a veces da la impresión de ser harto repetitiva. A unos lectores les encantará, pero a otros los cansará hasta el agotamiento. Y es que el autor ha querido pintar un gran cuadro repleto de detalles, con planos de muy diverso estilo, y especulando con la idea de hasta qué punto la prohibición coránica de los retratos coharta la libertad del pintor. Es una parábola que puede que sea intencionada, reflejando la tesitura actual del Islam, dividido entre la adaptación al mundo moderno y la fidelidad a los preceptos musulmanes, división que parece estar en la base de los extremismos jihadistas de hoy día.
Pamuk lead us with mastery toward the denouement where the culprit is revealed and punished. Along the way he uses various characters and even un-animated objects as first person narrators . This technique allows him to better move the plot forward and deepen the mystery. Despite the multitude of narrators, Pamuk’s voice remains easily recognizable. The writing is strong and handles with ease highly refined aesthetically or theological topics as well as sexual themes and naturalistic descriptions.
There is an enormous amount of detail about Ottoman and Muslim art or history. This can be overwhelming at times but it can motivate the reader to find out more and search for new learning opportunities. A great reading experience.
1 Historical and geographical setting
2 East/west tensions
3 Murder mystery with love story overtones
It does very well on the east/west tensions and the history. Many murder mysteries are much better. But it fails on the geography. Unlike Snow (set in Kars) and Instabul (you guessed it), where the places speak to you, this novel loses its bearings.
pick it up only and only if you're ready for some very heavy reading . This isn't you're regular tome!