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Summary

The moving story of a Turkish family gathering in the shadow of the impending military coup of 1980. 

In an old mansion in a village near Istanbul, a widow awaits the annual visit of her grandchildren. She has lived in the village for decades, ever since her husband, an idealistic young doctor, first arrived to serve the poor fishermen. Now mostly bedridden, she is attended by her faithful servant Recep, a dwarf - and her late husband's illegitimate son. 

But it is Recep's nephew Hassan, a high-school dropout lately fallen in with right-wing nationalists, who will draw the family into Turkey's century-long struggle for modernity. 

Never before published in English. Silent House is Orhan Pamuk's second novel. 

©1983 Orhan Pamuk (P)2013 Faber Audio

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A very boring book.

Would you try another book written by Orhan Pamuk or narrated by Various?

No I would never listen to another book by this author. I usually love books that have been translated from another language.

Has Silent House put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Various’s performance?

The voices all just droned on.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed as not one of the performers even tried to change the tone of their voices. Poor story line, just a few youths having a conversation and the story of an old lady and a dwarf who took care of her. Very disjointed.

Any additional comments?

If anyone is having problems sleeping at night this is the perfect book as within two chapters you will be fast asleep with the various voices droning on in the back ground.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful