Book Reviews of Bliss

Author: O.Z. Livaneli
ISBN-13: 9780312360535
ISBN-10: 0312360533
Publication Date: 10/17/2006
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 6
Adult/High SchoolLeft in the barn to hang herself as a consequence of her uncle raping her, 15-year-old Meryem defies local tradition and refuses to do it. Her cousin Cemal, recently a soldier in the army, who grew up with her in a tiny village in eastern Turkey, is sent to take her to Istanbul and is told to kill her on the way. On the train, Meryem's eyes are opened to city women who wear modern-day dress and speak and eat in front of men. Cemal cannot kill her, and after a short stay with his brother in Istanbul, he goes to a war buddy who gives them a place of temporary refuge, a fish farm on a cove in western Turkey. Here they meet a professor who has run away from his privileged life in Istanbul and is living on a large sailboat. He invites the two cousins to join him as his crew and companions. The dynamics created by this union give these three characters a new direction in which to take their lives. Teens will be drawn to the plight of a girl who has been raped and is then treated as the perpetrator of the crime. Livaneli shows village life and modern city life as two separate realities that coexist in Turkey today. Students interested in human rights and global studies will also appreciate this novel.Ellen Bell, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA
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This was a great book about the struggle of the life of female Turkish woman and the bonds of family. Beautifully written.
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This book is up there with the Kite Runner. A beautiful book about an Islamic girl. I don't want to say too much about the plot because the story twists and turns. Very well-written and I thoroughly enjoyed it -- have a box of Kleenex with you. I cried like a baby in parts....
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I loved the message, and the plot. Great travelogue through Turkey. Interesting read that gives you perspective on a complicated country with multiple cultures and ethnicities living together for thousands of years. Ultimately the story is of violence, and individuals overcoming their own experiences in unique ways.
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I really enjoyed this book on cd. When a book takes me to the visit the life/lives of others in foreign lands, I come away with a better understanding and empathy for other cultures. This book was a delight.
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loved this