“The Red-Haired Woman” by Orphan Pamuk of Istanbul explores some the conflicts of his home land. The geography of Istanbul puts it in the unique middle ground between East and West and clashes between modern and traditional values. The book references to two ancient tales of woe between father and sons. One of which the father kills the son and in the other the son kills the father. The main character of this new novel, Cem, is obsessed with these opposite tales. The book is beautifully written.
- This book explores the newly acquired job of a youth and his exploration of that area.
- The novel plays with fiction, allowing an immersive experience where the reader is able to suspend disbelief.
- Though the boy is able to mature as a person, his internal voice never matures.
“Pamuk has a masterly control of mood in this section of the novel, and its sometimes stilted language seems apt for his half-formed, often arrogant, intellectually and sexually curious young narrator.”