The Dark Moment Author:Ann Bridge The story of two Turkish girls and a revolution ... — Ferid? and Nil?fer, accustomed to the elegance and protection of an old, aristocratic society, were suddenly forced - by their love for the men they had married - to become pioneers for the freedom of their countrywomen! The revolution started by the sensational general Mustafa Kemal Atat?rk h... more »ad swept their husbands up in the fight for a new and modern Turkey, while Ferid? and Nil?fer were left behind.
And so the two girls, escaping in coarse disguises from a palace overlooking the Bosporus, made their hazardous way to Ankara to join their husbands. Shivering in an open victoria, through rain and mud and past glittering snowy peaks, the inexperienced creatures plunged into hardships they had never dreamed of - learning to cook, market and keep house, living with the roar of Greek guns, and fearing the horrors of military disaster. Nil?fer had to bear the loss of her baby and husband. Ferid? shared the burden of nursing the wounded soldiers and, later, of building a new society.
And what a revolutionary society it was! The magnetic Atat?rk, having led his forces victoriously against the Greeks, proceeded to cajole and bully his people into doffing the veil and fez, wearing hats, using a new alphabet. He persuaded them - with the help of courageous women like Ferid? - to become, almost overnight, a 20th-century nation.
With this exciting theme and background, Ann Bridge has written a one-sitting kind of book that combines the excitement of a well-told story with the dramatic appeal of history in the making.« less