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November Reading List

Two books is all I got through in November! Both were kind of odd books. They were okay, but somewhat bizarre and a bit dark.

The first was called Silent House by Orhan Pamuk. Mr. Pamuk is a Tukish writer. This book was written in the 1980's, but was not published in English until the 2000's. 

Each chapter is told by a different character in the story. Involved in the story are Fatma, the grandmother; her three grandchildren, Faruk, Nilgun, and Metin; her husband's illegitimate son, Recep, who is her caregiver; and Hasan, her husband's illegitimate grandson. Very present in the story are Fatma's dead husband and son. 

This is a very different book with an entire page being one sentence because the sentence is a thought in a person's head. Threaded throughout the book are the complexities of human relationships, especially in families, politics in the setting of 1980's Turkey, alcoholism, unstable mental conditions, religion, and young people struggling to find their place in their world.  The story has a strange ending with us left wondering why the house is silent.

The second book was called Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson.  I downloaded this for free on my kindle when I read that it is a classic and was once required reading in American schools.  It must have been quite controversial in its day as it deals quite frankly with some pretty raw circumstances.

This book is a series of short stories which tie together as a story of interesting characters living in a small town in northern Ohio around 1919 (publish date). Each chapter is the story of a person living in Winesburg. Each person is somewhat of a misfit in some way and the story explains what happened in their past that made them that way. Central to the story is George Willard, a young reporter for the local newspaper. He is the one each of the characters open up to. We can probably consider him a keeper of secrets. And he has a few secrets of his own, as well. If you enjoy figuring out how people think and what makes them the way they are, you will enjoy this book. If that doesn't interest you, this book probably won't interest you, either.
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