More filters. Sort order. Dec 02, Jennifer Hamilton rated it it was amazing. I read this book in Istanbul after finally unearthing an English translation in a bookshop in the old city.
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From what I can gather it is a fictionalised account of his actual experiences in the city. And, at the same time as his relationship with Azyiade, Loti gr I read this book in Istanbul after finally unearthing an English translation in a bookshop in the old city. And, at the same time as his relationship with Azyiade, Loti gradually cuts his ties with the navy and assimilates to Turkish life in the old city. It's a romance steeped in the problematic yet very pretty Orientalist tradition from the 19th century: the time when continental Europeans ventured for travel or battle to the Near East in search of exotic and erotic experience and objectified all the inhabitants accordingly.
It is the desire he has for her and her body that doubles as his desire for the Turkish lifestyle. While the story itself is compelling for me it is the structure of this text that makes it really great. The character of Loti is a tragic and moody figure, he would have been very difficult to actually associate with, but he seems to only write in his diary when things are going really badly or very well.
The result is a story that is both impressionistic, with irregular ellipses and fragmented 'plot,' but at the same time yet full of dramatic romantic sensations. You rarely get both impressionism and high drama in such close proximity. So, rather than a linear narrative of love and conquest it is an affective journey into the mind of a poet in the Orient whose clandestine relationship, assimilation into a culture are underscored by a much larger socio-political turmoil in the region at the time.
And the intermittent letters from his friend and colleague in the Navy, Plunkett, and his deeply christian sister are also highlights. Nov 11, Adriana Melo rated it really liked it. While sitting in a famous narghile cafe in Istanbul this past August, this book was recommended by some friendly smokers after a long discussion of popular writers. English books are hard to find in the city but thanks to the help of some locals we finally found an English copy in a shop in old Istanbul.
What I like most about this book are the vivid descriptions of that beautiful country. The memories of my visit come flying back with every mention if the marmara or the roof tops on the houses.
Fantôme d'Orient by Pierre Loti
The writing is unique and captivating as it is based through letters and his diary. Many descriptive words are used which makes it easy to relate and visualize the surroundings they are in. The ending came to me as a shock as I am sure it has surprised many other readers. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a little more passion in their lives. Jun 01, Iman Hasanbegovic rated it it was amazing. I got the hold of this book in Pierre Loti Cafe in Istanbul, after searching for it for a few months, without success.
The way it is written, which is basically a mixture of diary entries and letters, was something I haven't encountered before, and I must say, I loved it. The story itself was already familiar to me, although I must say it still kept me interested. The style and vocabulary is also on a high level, and the narrative parts were very inspirational.
Sep 17, Harlan rated it really liked it. I read the novel while in Istanbul and visited the Pierre Loti Cafe overlooking the city and a cemetery. A nice romantic tale of a French naval officer in 19th century Istanbul who falls for a harem girl. Great descriptions and details. Feb 07, Dirk Bal rated it it was amazing. Aug 31, Elif rated it really liked it. Aug 31, Jean-Pascal rated it really liked it. Un bijou. Orlane rated it liked it Jan 17, Myriam Fontaine rated it liked it Oct 27, Samir De Tunisie rated it liked it Aug 19, Allison Lemaire rated it liked it Nov 28, France rated it liked it Dec 08, Adriana rated it really liked it Jan 07, Jasmin Kocaer rated it really liked it Jul 26, Zeynep rated it really liked it Dec 22, Larissa N rated it liked it Jan 31, Sheren rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Cecile rated it really liked it Mar 26, Hajar Assaad rated it really liked it May 02, Stephanie G.
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