4/5, Books, Fiction

[Review] Orhan Pamuk – A Strangeness in My Mind

“A Strangeness in My Mind” is not the type of literature that I usually read. The book was recommended to me some time ago by another bookworm and I decided to give it a try. To be perfectly honest, in my ignorance I didn’t realize that the author is a winner of the Nobel prize until I actually started reading the book!

“A Strangeness in My Mind” is a novel about how weird life can be. The story focuses on Mevlut, boza seller, who wrote love letters to a girl for years after meeting her at a wedding. Since this book is a story of life, there isn’t really that much action. Mevlut lives in a world of arranged marriage, which can be observed in many situations through the whole story. All marriages in the family have been arranged and there is a strong focus on starting a family. This everyday reality influences how different characters in the story act and think.


Something that surprised me about this book was that I actually read it with curiosity. It is over 700 pages long book about a street vendor, and I wasn’t expecting the story to be captivating the way it was. The author describes Istanbul, where the action takes place, in a way that allows the reader to connect with different characters and understand them, but the amount of detail is perfect – there are no long, unnecessary descriptions. To be honest, during reading this book I found it difficult to find quotes that I liked because it seemed as if every sentence has a purpose.


“A Strangeness in My Mind” is a story of a guy, his interaction with the growing city and a path to understanding the cultural context in which the protagonist lives. I believe it is definitely worth reading, it made me think more about things that I don’t come across in my everyday life. It is also a beautifully narrated story. While reading this book can take a bit more time, it is a time to be cherished.


Rating: 4 / 5

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