Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"The Museum of Innocence"
I did not learn as much about Turkey or, for lack of a better word, Turkishness from this book as from Pamuk's earlier novels. The characters, while fully realized, did not elicit from me either sympathy or empathy, although perhaps that was not Pamuk's intention. What appears to be a heart-rending romance is really, at bottom, a tale about the destructive potential of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. As such, it was not an easy book to read.