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The Museum of Innocence

Orhan Pamuk

"It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn't know it." So begins the new novel, his first since winning the Nobel Prize, from the universally acclaimed author of Snow and My Name Is Red. It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal, scion of one of the city's wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation. Once the long-lost cousins violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeosie-a world, as he lovingly describes it, with opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, restaurant rituals, picnics, and mansions on the Bosphorus, infused with the melancholy of decay-until finally he breaks off his engagement to Sibel. But his resolve comes too late. For eight years Kemal will find excuses to visit another Istanbul, that of the impoverished backstreets where Füsun, her heart now hardened, lives with her parents, and where Kemal discovers the consolations of middle-class life at a dinner table in front of the television. His obsessive love will also take him to the demimonde of Istanbul film circles (where he promises to make Füsun a star), a scene of seedy bars, run-down cheap hotels, and small men with big dreams doomed to bitter failure. In his feckless pursuit, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress and his afflicted heart's reactions: anger and impatience, remorse and humiliation, deluded hopes of recovery, and daydreams that transform Istanbul into a cityscape of signs and specters of his beloved, from whom now he can extract only meaningful glances and stolen kisses in cars, movie houses, and shadowy corners of parks. A last change to realize his dream will come to an awful end before Kemal discovers that all he finally can possess, certainly and eternally, is the museum he has created of his collection, this map of a society's manners and mores, and of one man's broke

"It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn't know it." So begins the new novel, his first since winning the Nobel Prize, from the universally acclaimed author of Snow and My Name Is Red. It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal, scion of one of the city's wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation. Once the long-lost cousins violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeosie-a world, as he lovingly describes it, with opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, restaurant rituals, picnics, and mansions on the Bosphorus, infused with the melancholy of decay-until finally he breaks off his engagement to Sibel. But his resolve comes too late. For eight years Kemal will find excuses to visit another Istanbul, that of the impoverished backstreets where Füsun, her heart now hardened, lives with her parents, and where Kemal discovers the consolations of middle-class life at a dinner table in front of the television. His obsessive love will also take him to the demimonde of Istanbul film circles (where he promises to make Füsun a star), a scene of seedy bars, run-down cheap hotels, and small men with big dreams doomed to bitter failure. In his feckless pursuit, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress and his afflicted heart's reactions: anger and impatience, remorse and humiliation, deluded hopes of recovery, and daydreams that transform Istanbul into a cityscape of signs and specters of his beloved, from whom now he can extract only meaningful glances and stolen kisses in cars, movie houses, and shadowy corners of parks. A last change to realize his dream will come to an awful end before Kemal discovers that all he finally can possess, certainly and eternally, is the museum he has created of his collection, this map of a society's manners and mores, and of one man's broke
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

"It was the happiest moment of my life, though I didn't know it." So begins the new novel, his first since winning the Nobel Prize, from the universally acclaimed author of Snow and My Name Is Red. It is 1975, a perfect spring in Istanbul. Kemal, scion of one of the city's wealthiest families, is about to become engaged to Sibel, daughter of another prominent family, when he encounters Füsun, a beautiful shopgirl and a distant relation. Once the long-lost cousins violate the code of virginity, a rift begins to open between Kemal and the world of the Westernized Istanbul bourgeosie-a world, as he lovingly describes it, with opulent parties and clubs, society gossip, restaurant rituals, picnics, and mansions on the Bosphorus, infused with the melancholy of decay-until finally he breaks off his engagement to Sibel. But his resolve comes too late. For eight years Kemal will find excuses to visit another Istanbul, that of the impoverished backstreets where Füsun, her heart now hardened, lives with her parents, and where Kemal discovers the consolations of middle-class life at a dinner table in front of the television. His obsessive love will also take him to the demimonde of Istanbul film circles (where he promises to make Füsun a star), a scene of seedy bars, run-down cheap hotels, and small men with big dreams doomed to bitter failure. In his feckless pursuit, Kemal becomes a compulsive collector of objects that chronicle his lovelorn progress and his afflicted heart's reactions: anger and impatience, remorse and humiliation, deluded hopes of recovery, and daydreams that transform Istanbul into a cityscape of signs and specters of his beloved, from whom now he can extract only meaningful glances and stolen kisses in cars, movie houses, and shadowy corners of parks. A last change to realize his dream will come to an awful end before Kemal discovers that all he finally can possess, certainly and eternally, is the museum he has created of his collection, this map of a society's manners and mores, and of one man's broke

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

20h 38m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:15


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:28


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:55


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:38


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:29


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:58


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:57


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:04


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:40


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:51


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:15


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:37


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:44


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:19


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:19


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:44


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:38


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:28


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:06


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:26


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:18


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:04


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:40


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:18


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:41


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:53


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:24


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:29


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:13


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:57


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:15


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:04


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:24


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:46


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:14


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:18


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:02


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:44


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:38


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:36


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:22


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:27


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:25


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:54


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:55


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:03


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:36


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:25


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:23


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:18


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:13


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:56


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:54


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:11


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:46


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:51


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:06


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:49


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

07:48


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:42


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:31


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

08:39


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:59


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:31


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:07


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:50


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:34


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:28


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

07:09


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:38


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:54


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:03


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:08


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:24


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:50


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:54


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

08:25


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:07


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:16


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

05:11


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:35


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:56


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:30


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

07:54


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:51


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

07:18


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

06:38


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:46


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:21


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

08:29


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:52


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:59


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

08:50


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

07:01


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:51


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:49


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

08:02


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

07:03


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:29


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:43


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:11


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:33


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:58


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:51


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

06:41


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:17


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

06:03


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:27


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

04:54


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

07:42


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:05


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:46


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:30


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:47


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:18


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

08:37


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

06:21


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:12


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:11


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

08:18


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

06:39


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

07:19


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

05:54


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

06:06


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

06:17


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

05:21


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

07:34


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

07:31


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

07:58


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

05:12


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

06:35


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

08:00


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

00:46