Search Results: "John Freely"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The first biography of Mehmet in decades finds the sultan a brilliant but elusive subject."
Turkey expert Freely (History/Univ. of the Bosphorus; Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) delivers an oblique portrait of the Ottoman ruler who considered himself another Alexander the Great. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF MEMORY by John Freely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A text that will appeal to those fond of memoirs about coming of age in the Depression and World War II."
The nonagenarian author of scores of books about travel and history returns with a memoir about his boyhood, youth, and World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2003

"Lacks critical perspective, but patient readers will be fascinated."
Physicist turned travel writer Freely (Inside the Seraglio, not reviewed) counts three decades spent tracking down a 17th-century rabbi who became one of the most curious figures in the history of Judaism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"For specialists and students."
A history of science in the centuries before Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"A chewy study of the preservation and transportation of classical Greek thought. See Jonathan Lyons' The House of Wisdom (2009) for a more accessible account of the Arab influence on Western civilization."
Freely (Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) profiles the various caliphates that fostered scholarship and scientific inquiry during Europe's Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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RECKLESS by Hasan Ali Toptas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A postmodern Twilight Zone: dark, bizarre, and a bit pretentious."
The first of Toptas' novels to be translated into English introduces American readers to the noted Turkish writer's version of postmodern surrealism as it follows the dreamlike, dream-filled journeys of a Turkish soldier. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER REBECCA by Maureen Freely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"A delicious but sometimes disappointing retelling of the legendary page-turner."
From an American writer (My Year with the Stork Club, 1993, etc.) yet published first in Britain: a wickedly clever and witty reworking of Du Maurier's famous novel, a takeoff that falters only when Rebecca herself appears. Read full book review >

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ENLIGHTENMENT by Maureen Freely
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 20, 2008

"Conspiracy theory, nationhood and relationships collide, often obscurely, in a multilayered and earnest, if oddly remote, tale."
A complex novel juxtaposes youthful allegiances and political machinations in Turkey. Read full book review >

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MY YEAR WITH THE STORK CLUB by Maureen Freely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 1993

"Wickedly funny. (Film rights to Francis Ford Coppola)"
Freely's latest satirical look (after the darkly comic Mother's Helper, 1979; and The Life of the Party, 1984) at modern American moms and dads—this one featuring a bumbling househusband whose marriage is destroyed by his wife's gaggle of terrifying friends. Read full book review >

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THE MUSEUM OF INNOCENCE by Orhan Pamuk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2009

"Another richly woven tale suffused with life and color from one of contemporary fiction's true master craftsmen."
Curious and demanding new novel from Turkey's 2006 Nobel laureate, both closely akin to and somewhat less accomplished than its universally acclaimed predecessors (Snow, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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ISTANBUL by Orhan Pamuk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2005

"An engrossing tale of a city—and of an author as a young man."
An eerie, subtle evocation of childhood and a melancholic, loving ode to home. Read full book review >

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SNOW by Orhan Pamuk
by Orhan Pamuk, translated by Maureen Freely
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 2004

"An astonishingly complex, disturbing view of a world we owe it to ourselves to better understand."
Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Pamuk (My Name is Red, 2001, etc) vividly embodies and painstakingly explores the collision of Western values with Islamic fundamentalism. Read full book review >