The Museum of Innocence


Review by belya N.

Well I think the book is fascinating. I read the original version.

Apart from its very detailed reflection of the years the story was told, the people, their values and their approach to life in depth very well analysed and brought out. That was exactly how we were then. (at a given time at a given location)

Of course it is about love and happiness... and to what extend...

On my mind, I can place the book in the middle of a triangle of three different former stories though.

Gogol's “Diary of a Madman”, Fowles' “The Collector” and Colley boys' tragic real life story which was turned into a novel by M.Davenport as “My Brother's Keeper”.

Anyway composing and orchestrating of the three different dimensions or concepts namely obssesion, collection, isolation (which were the subjects of the above mentioned books) of the one in love is a real work of creativity.

Readers would expect the setting up of a Museum by Pamuk and definitely show up with the free tickets in their hands on Sunday Mornings at Cukurcuma!!!!!!

With love and appreciation...

12 Sep 2008, belya N.


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You may start with the Wikipedia article about Orhan Pamuk to get more information on the writer of this book.

Orhan Pamuk was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. You may read his Nobel Lecture: My Father's Suitcase

The official site of the writer is located at

The official site of “The Museum of Innocence” is located at (in Turkish).

Pamuk describes the relation between the novel and the museum as “The museum is not an illustration of the novel and the novel is not an explanation of the museum. They are two representations of one single story perhaps.” in an interview with German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Pamuk is writing a series of articles, discussing the literary, philosophical and personal backgrounds of the novel and his thoughts on other great novels about love. These articles will also be linked here.

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