A picture of Istanbul’s transformation through the life of a boza seller
I really need a while to reflect after reading this novel. The love story, family conflict, and overall transformation of a city. In addition to personal life of the characters, Orhan Pamuk has successfully brought various issues through ‘A Strangeness in My Mind’: history, politics, as well as social and development issues (urbanization to be more specific).
This is the first time I read Pamuk’s work (and I am eager to read more of his). The reason I was interested in the book was because the story revolves in Istanbul, one of my favorite cities (that I’ve visited so far). I have to admit that I used to see Istanbul as an outsider who came to the city for a few days and visited those popular touristy destinations. However, this book tells the other side — ups and downs — of the city. Pamuk lets the readers get to know Istanbul through the life of boza seller (boza is a kind of Turkish traditional drink) named Mevlut.