- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Linen Press; 1st edition (Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0957596812
- ISBN-13: 978-0957596818
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sailing Through Byzantium Paperback – 4 Jan 2013
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Sunday Times Books of the Year 2103 'The 1962 Cuban missile crisis provides a threatening hinterland to this novel focused on Istanbul's raffishly bohemian American expat colony. Comic mishaps and painful predicaments are silhouetted against the old imperial capital's melancholy, mouldering grandeur.' - Peter Kemp, Sunday Times Books of the Year 2013 'Freely's roman à clef is compulsively readable, thought-provoking and entertaining.' - The Independent 'Sailing Through Byzantium glints with ironic wit . . . Haunting vignettes heighten the melancholy that coexists with sardonic flair and narrative bustle in this engaging novel.' - Sunday Times 'In Sailing through Byzantium, Maureen Freely's Istanbul is an absorbing Never-Never Land, a place of wild parties and refuge for social pariahs. This book is full of surprises . . . the cover with its moody close-up of a solemn child gives no clue about its level of intrigue, or its cleareyed prose.' - Times Literary Supplement ' Finely calibrated, compassionate and compellingly observed, Sailing Through Byzantium is a triumph.' - Jason Goodwin, Cornucopia 'History pours through this wonderful novel, but refracted through a young girl's enchantment and dread. This is the story of a country, a city, a family, a scared child, in which memory throws the past into a kaleidoscopic pattern, vivid and always changing. In other words: quite fabulous!' - Nicci Gerrard 'Rich, seductive, exciting.' - Maggie Gee 'What Freely does succinctly and memorably is conjure up the picture of Turkey in the 1960s - how odd, how romantic and how mysterious it must have seemed to a young child from distant America. And what a gift to the reader.' - Alison Coles, BookOxygen
Top Customer Reviews
However I was pleased that I did pick up the book as two elements of it did stand out for me. I loved the idea of the Cuban missile crisis seen not only through the eyes of a child, but also as seen through the very different geography of the oft forgotten Turkish aspect of that crisis.
The reference to Turkey takes me to the second element that intrigued me which was the city of Istanbul. This city keeps cropping up in my reading, last time in Ian McDonald's The Dervish House (Gollancz S.F.), and Maureen Freely's book has only added to my wish to see the city for real, and it also leads to read more of Maureen's stuff.
Unfortunately for me I appear to have started in very much the wrong order of her stories as I now find this book is the latest to feature some recurring characters of hers Oh well I better go backwards to Enlightenment now. That last sentence of mine sounds like I have started writing cod philosophical statements so I had better stop now.
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Maureen Freely enchants the reader with the tale of a world poised on the brink seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old in one of the most stunning places on earth: Istanbul. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2014 by Blue Pencil
Maureen Freely is an academician,eminent journalist and a major translator of Nobelist Orhan Pamuk.
Above all she is a talented author and Sailing Through Byzantium,her... Read more