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Falling into a dream...
Reviewed in India on 19 May 2016
If a book ever felt like an exquisite dream, this was it. Though it is not an easy read, it is an excellent combination of a strange but beautiful narration style, a philosophical discourse on art and a murder mystery. On the backdrop of Istanbul in 1590s, Pamuk has set a murder mystery based on the clash of systems of art in the city at the time of European renaissance. Though each character has his own story to tell, the most striking characters according to me are firstly our heroine, who is a beautiful, passionate and highly intelligent woman and our villain himself who in the end might end up inspiring your pity than your hatred.