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The Janissary Tree: A Novel by Jason Goodwin

The Janissary Tree: A Novel (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Jason Goodwin

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Title:The Janissary Tree: A Novel
Authors:Jason Goodwin
Info:Picador (2007), Paperback, 336 pages
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The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin (2006)


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A detective story set in the 1830s Istanbul. I took it because I’m quite interested in the last hundred years of Ottoman empire, their struggle to modernize and ultimate failure and also was interested to pick something new. The text is ok, hardly a literary work but a page-turner nevertheless. Other reviewers noted and there are quite a few possible errors (unless they are intended manipulations like the name of Sufi sect), so if you want a true representation of the mid-19th century Istanbul is probably look elsewhere, but if you just want a piece of escapist reading with some minor history hints, the book is for you. ( )
  Oleksandr_Zholud | Jan 9, 2019 |
Come mascherare una ciofeca sotto un turbante (che, si sa, fa sempre pittoresco). Ahi! Pierre Loti. Tu si che sapevi parlarci di Istanbul. Non ve lo dico ma l'assassino si capisce a pagina 10 ( )
  icaro. | Aug 31, 2017 |
This was a decent historical mystery, but it was lacking in some areas for me. I loved the colorful backdrop that the setting held, but I wish Goodwin would have given more information about the Harem murder. He focused so much on the military murders and running around after Janissaries that he almost forgot to connect the end resolution to the original murder. But, I did like the characters and he gave me a good enough taste of the setting that I'll definitely check out another in the series. ( )
  jguidry | Aug 28, 2016 |

I'm not completely familiar with Turkey or the Ottoman Empire or books about one of them. But I thought it was an interesting book, I don't know how accurate the book was exactly in the way it described it, but I feel like I've found out several new things. Something I always liked. Set back in the 19th century, it of course it slightly different from the thrillers that are most common, but I really liked this for a change. Still planning on reading the second book as will, but still so many other books to read, so it is possible it will take some more time... ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
A historical mystery set in mid-19th century Istanbul. Yashim Ogalu is a eunuch in the service of the Sultan, called upon to find out who is murdering members of the New Guard, and incidentally, who strangled one of the harem girls just as she was about to be presented to her master. The setting is irresistible, and offers plenty of opportunity for little lessons in Ottoman history, food, art and culture. The premise is that the ousted Janissary Corps may be plotting a military coup to return to power and depose the current Sultan. There are many layers of intrigue, and the pages practically turn themselves. As so often happens with one of these high action tales, there are bits that don't bear too much thought and examination afterward, but who cares? A great escape. ( )
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Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel
It is 1836. Europe is modernizing and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim, a man both brilliant and near-invisible in this world, an investigator who can walk with ease in the great halls of the empire, in its streets, and even within its harems--because, of course, Yashim is a eunuch. His investigation points to the Janissaries, who, for four hundred years were the empire's elite soldiers. Crushed by the sultan, could they now be staging a brutal comeback? And can they be stopped without throwing Istanbul into political chaos?
This first book in the Investigator Yashim series is a richly entertaining tale, full of exotic history and intrigue.

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"It is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the Ottoman Empire must follow suit. But just before the Sultan announces sweeping changes, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind them? Only one intelligence agent can be trusted to find out: Yashim Lastname ... a eunuch. He leads us into the palace's luxurious seraglios and Istanbul's teeming streets, and leans on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and a Creole-born queen mother. And he introduces us to the Janissaries. For 400 years, they were the empire's elite soldiers, but they grew too powerful, and ten years ago, the Sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback?"--Publisher description.… (more)

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