Ordinary Human Language

by Brian Crane


-Book Cover

Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk

The same friend who suggested The Museum of Innocence passed this book along. It’s pretty spectacular…and yet, I didn’t finish it.

Which is odd because Pamuk is an amazing writer with an incredibly nuanced sensibility. He’s exactly the kind of writer I tend to like.

The problem is that he is also a writer who has lived his entire privileged life in the same house. When he lingers over his hyper-refined sense of his own and of other people’s sorrow. I find it grotesque.

The best thing in this book is the photography by Ara Güler of the street life, buildings and monuments of the city.

Posted November 23, 2011