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Memed, My Hawk (1955)

by Yaşar Kemal

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Series: The Memed tetralogy (1)

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Set in the mountains of Anatolia, this story of love, pursuit and vengeance recounts the efforts of Memed, a poor orphan, to obtain justice against a tyrant, even if it means taking to banditry to achieve his ends. Jashar Kemal is the author of The Foundling."
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Set against the wild Cilician landscape, a rural place of thistle-covered land, brigands and evil landowners ...and the common people reduced to serfs.
Memed is the righteously aggrieved young son of a poverty stricken widow, living under the "rule" of nasty Abdi Agha. When Memed's beloved, Hatche, is chosen as a bride by Abi's nephew, the young couple elope...but there are repercussions. Memed, gradually, finds himself forced into life with a gang of brigands.....and leaves behind his original nickname "Slim Memed" to become the heroic "Memed my Hawk"..
Shoot-outs in the mountains, capturing a prisoner from the guards, coping with other unfriendly outlaws....Pretty good read, which really portrays the scenery and the life. ( )
  starbox | Oct 4, 2021 |
So glad this came back into print. Picked an old copy up in a used bookstore because the cover (not this one) intrigued me. I could not put it down. The imagery is wonderful. ( )
  GiGiGo | Feb 5, 2021 |
A high three...read a bit like a swashbuckling '30s Saturday afternoon movie serial. And definitely some amusing characters and touches here and there. If nothing else, those descriptions of landscape...the valleys full of pomegranate trees! ( )
  giovannaz63 | Jan 18, 2021 |
Zseniálisan szerkesztett regény, jól megrajzolt figurákkal, karakterekkel, fordulatos cselekménnyel. Igazi szegény-legény történet. Népmese, ballada és legenda keveredik benne. Az egyedi sors a szegénység, az elnyomottak sorsával szorosan összefüggve, lassan-lassan változik. Egy olyan világban, ahol a hírt és álhírt még emberek szállítják és egész falvak, vidékek életét befolyásolják vele. Történet a szerelemről, az igazságról, a jóra való törekvésről, férfi és női sorsokról. ( )
  gjudit8 | Aug 3, 2020 |
Very charming(*1) and pleasantly written, and fares well in translation. There is an warmheartedness in how the author portrays the characters, their struggles and faults. While not exceptional in any specific way, it won me over more than I would have expected. In passing you learn some about rural village life in Turkey in the 1950's as well.

*1 Charming in many ways, but not the part where it perpetuates the "she says no but secretly means yes" myth. The scene would have been more convincing as a loving moment between the characters without sexual assault. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
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Kemal, Yaşarprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bischoff, CorneliusÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brands, Horst WilfriedÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carpintero Ortega, RafaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Casassas, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dino, GüzinTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mir i Malé, EnricDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Passaro, AntonellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richel, A.J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roditi, EdouardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Set in the mountains of Anatolia, this story of love, pursuit and vengeance recounts the efforts of Memed, a poor orphan, to obtain justice against a tyrant, even if it means taking to banditry to achieve his ends. Jashar Kemal is the author of The Foundling."

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