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1001 Group Read-February: Snow

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1george1295
Feb 1, 2012, 12:00pm

Ready to start the group read? My book has not shown up yet. Please add your comments, reviews, book cover pictures, etc. But no throwing vegetables allowed. Have fun!

2annamorphic
Feb 1, 2012, 6:26pm

Can we throw snowballs?

3japaul22
Feb 1, 2012, 6:54pm

I requested Snow from my library, but I may not get to it until the end of the month. I'm looking forward to it though. It was not on my radar until it got picked for a group read.

4george1295
Feb 2, 2012, 8:46am

Annamorphic--Absolutely!

Japaul22--If you don't get it until the end of the month, we will look forward to your thoughts in February.

5annamorphic
Feb 9, 2012, 1:06pm

Is nobody else reading this? It's actually pretty great, although not a fast read by any means. I love the texture. It makes a great contrast to The Inheritance of Loss; it takes up some of the same themes but in an extremely different way. Also, the snowness is wonderful as a setting and a metaphor. I've only read 75 pages (like I said, it's not a fast read) but this is a book you can savor.

6japaul22
Feb 9, 2012, 1:13pm

I'm getting the book from my library today, but I'm in the middle of another long book right now. I think I'll probably be able to start it in a week. Glad to hear you're enjoying it so far!

7george1295
Feb 9, 2012, 1:28pm

I'm a little over 100 pages into it and it seems to be getting better as I go. I am finding it to be a slow read as well. I thought it was just me, but apparently that's just the rhythm of the book.

8amerynth
Feb 9, 2012, 4:14pm

I'm also reading it... I'm about half way through. I'm a bit disappointed... I thought I would like this one (having traveled to Turkey in the past I really thought it would be up my alley.) I've also found it very slow and I'm not enjoying all that much. It's seemed really repetitive: (Is this poem beautiful? Why is it beautiful? Do you really think it's beautiful...) Still plugging away though.

9srl629
Feb 9, 2012, 8:17pm

Just joined the group. I bought Snow sometime ago, but I haven't read it yet. Glad I'm finally getting around to reading it!

10japaul22
Feb 10, 2012, 7:24am

I really don't know anything about this book except that it was chosen for this group read, so I'm glad to know that it's a slow book. If I'm in the right mood I usually enjoy those, but have to prepare myself for it!

11george1295
Feb 10, 2012, 9:07am

Amerynth, I don't find the repetition to be a negative. It seems to me to be a very common quality among people and in literature during intimate moments. An example: Lady Chatterly's Lover, "You love me, don't you?" "But you do love me, don't you?" "Say you'll always love me." Perhaps it's because we focus on what we want. He wants her to tell him the poem is beautiful. She wants him to tell her he loves her. I sure like pizza. Boy, a pizza would be great right now. I really like pizza with everything on it.

12japaul22
Feb 14, 2012, 2:26pm

I've started reading Snow. I've only read a few chapters, but the beginning has grabbed me. I'm really interested in the history and culture since it's completely foreign to me.

13japaul22
Feb 15, 2012, 8:27pm

I'm about a hundred pages in and I'm having trouble figuring out how old Ka is supposed to be. Did I miss some clues about that? It's really bothering me!

I'm still very interested in the book, but I'm not totally connected to it yet.

14annamorphic
Feb 17, 2012, 1:38am

13 -- I think of him as in his mid-late 30s, but I'm probably just making that up. He seems to have a lot of past behind him but he's definitely not old.
I'm 200 pages along now and it's still a good book -- good to read in little snippets, which is all I have time for these days. And a book I'd never have attempted without this group read!

15japaul22
Feb 17, 2012, 7:58am

Thanks! I found a passage that said something about it being 20 years since being at university, so I'm thinking early 40s or late 30s.

I'm about the same place as you annamorphic. I keep feeling like I need a break and should read something else, but then nothing else quite feels right to read in the middle of this. I like it, but it does feel very foreign to me.

16george1295
Feb 20, 2012, 11:12am

There is a reference to events that occurred "when he was in his 30s" about 3/4 the way through the book. I take it that the events that are being described in Kars are about 10 years after that. So, I have concluded that Ka is in his 40--perhaps mid-40ish.

17japaul22
Feb 20, 2012, 1:10pm

Thanks George, I noticed that passage too and came to the same conclusion.

I just finished the book and have to say I wasn't impressed. My review is on my thread.

http://www.librarything.com/topic/127072

18george1295
Feb 23, 2012, 10:13am

I finished it. Thank heaven that's over. I can't imagine how this book won the Nobel Prize. I guess those judges are just on a different plain than me. Either that or they are all sadists. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. But that's the fun of the list. You get to read stuff you wouldn't otherwise. It's like trying foods you would not otherwise eat.

19annamorphic
Feb 25, 2012, 2:56pm

So there I was at a meeting this week, having lunch with a web designer. I thought she was from South America but she turned out to be Turkish. "Gosh," I said, "I happen to be reading Snow by Orhan Pamuk at the moment." "Orhan Pamuk!" said she. "My best friend used to date him. He was at architecture school with us in Istanbul. He wasn't a great architecture student but he's a really good writer, isn't he?"
Yes, although I do feel as if this book drags. I'm around page 300 now. It's worth reading, and it makes me think, but I'm not exactly enjoying it...

20japaul22
Feb 25, 2012, 8:27pm

>18 george1295: Yeah, it wasn't my favorite either, although I think I might like a different work by the same author. I had more of a problem with the subject matter than the actual writing.

>19 annamorphic: Wow, what a small world! I think he is a good writer but this book just got worse and worse the longer I read. I hope it doesn't turn out that way for you. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book.

21Nickelini
Mar 31, 2012, 3:27pm

Based on a couple of reviews people in this group wrote, I don't think this is the book for me (I have little time for stories where a male character falls madly in love with a female who he doesn't actually know.) So I was all set to safely ignore this book when I came across Margaret Atwood's review of it: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/15/books/headscarves-to-die-for.html?pagewanted=a...

Now I think I might have to read it eventually.