Carigradska proročica

Carigradska proro ica Godina je Na obalama Crnog mora predskazanja vezana za tek ro enu Eleonoru Koen nikako ne obe avaju Ne samo da joj majka umire na poro aju ve joj je selo napala i carska konjica Me utim bez ob

  • Title: Carigradska proročica
  • Author: Michael David Lukas
  • ISBN: 9788677108489
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback
  • Godina je 1877 Na obalama Crnog mora, predskazanja vezana za tek ro enu Eleonoru Koen nikako ne obe avaju Ne samo da joj majka umire na poro aju, ve joj je selo napala i carska konjica Me utim, bez obzira na ovako lo po etak, bez obzira na to to je ma eha ne voli i to mora da putuje zatvorena u potpalublju broda, mlada Eleonora izra e u izuzetno pametnu i spretnu dGodina je 1877 Na obalama Crnog mora, predskazanja vezana za tek ro enu Eleonoru Koen nikako ne obe avaju Ne samo da joj majka umire na poro aju, ve joj je selo napala i carska konjica Me utim, bez obzira na ovako lo po etak, bez obzira na to to je ma eha ne voli i to mora da putuje zatvorena u potpalublju broda, mlada Eleonora izra e u izuzetno pametnu i spretnu devoj icu.Me utim, kada je tragedija ostavi nasukanu u Istambulu, gde se haremske spletke, pijuna a i iznenadna smrt me aju sa opojnim za inima, visokom pariskom modom i ru inom vodicom, Eleonorina izuzetna hrabrost i snaga volje dove e je na sultanov dvor i do izbavljenja aroban istorijski roman o neverovatnoj devoj ici i poslednjim danima Otomanskog carstva.

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    1. I was quite excited to read this novel about Turkey (especially after hearing an interview with the author on NPR) and anticipated losing myself in the magic of Eleonora's adventures. Instead, I was struck by huge bricks of wordiness and insignificant (read: unnecessary) characters. Every time the story started to pick up pace and get more interesting, poor word choose or a dry situation would kill the moment.A few things were unclear to me, including Eleonora's native tongue. I couldn't tell wh [...]

    2. Sheer Reading Pleasure If you enjoy reading for its unique possibilities — mellifluous language, vivid imagery, immersion in places and circumstances you might never experience — then you’ll love this book. From the very first page, The Oracle of Stamboul will draw you relentlessly into the world of the Ottoman Empire in its twilight years of the 1880s. You’ll meet an extraordinary child, Eleanora Cohen, and you’ll be present with her from the violence of her birth in Rumania through h [...]

    3. "The Oracle of Stamboul" by Michael David Lukas is not just a novel, it is a literary portal that transports you to the streets of Turkey in the late 1800's. And while you are there, Michael David Lukas takes you on a magical journey - with his beautiful prose, he builds the city around you, surrounds you with the smell of its spices, and the warmth of its people. It is this particular quality in Lukas' writing that really gives this novel its edge. Eleanora Cohen is born to Yakob Cohen on a tra [...]

    4. 'That is exactly why I requested to be sent here,'said Fredrick. 'They fought me on it first. Didn't think the readers would want a sketch from Asia. So I told them, first of all, half the city is in Europe. And second, this is exactly what the readers want. They want dervishes and elephants. Just look at Kinglake. Look at the Arabian Nights. People want Oriental colour.' The Reverend raised his glass in toast. 'To Oriental colour. And old friends. Welcome to Stamboul.'This is the kind of book y [...]

    5. I was completely charmed by this unexpected fairy tale of a novel which tells of a young stowaway in a rug-seller's trunk who travels by boat to Stamboul, the city at the intersection of Europe and Asia. Stamboul is a city shrouded in mystery & incense, colored with bazaars & sunsets, and clamorous with music & many tongues. It may be universal that children, unfettered as they are by knowledge of the world, nourish the seed of hope that they might be discovered to possess unusual sk [...]

    6. A magical novel, short but fulfilling; great atmosphere and prose, it just took over my reading from the moment I opened it. I will add the full FBc reviews soon, but so far I would say that the blurb is reasonably accurate but it cannot convey the beautiful writing and magical recreation of a world long gone that the novel manages in a reasonably historical accurate way with hints of the fantastic, though still staying within the possibleAs promised FBC Rv below:INTRODUCTION: The Oracle of Stam [...]

    7. The book is well-written and just interesting enough that I finished it. The premise is interesting, and I actually had a lot of hope for it in the opening. But as I read on, I just found it kind of lacking. Really, I'd say it's an interesting book wherein nothing really happens.I didn't find the main character very believable as an eight-year-old girl, even as an exceptionally gifted one, and none of the other characters really held any interest for me. I would find myself wondering about their [...]

    8. I am so disappointed. Until the last two chapters of the book, I was captivated by Eleonora's story. Lukas has a gift as a story-teller. He creates interesting characters and his writing is rich in imagery and imagination. The plot he weaves is intricate and evocative. With a background rich in the cultural and political history of Stamboul, the story draws the reader into its web, creating a tension and a feeling that one is moving to an exciting, earth-shattering climax. It's unfortunate, then [...]

    9. I wavered between giving this book 4 stars or 3 stars. Three quarters into the book, I was certain it would be just short of a 5 star, the thing keeping it from being on the top was plausibility. The protagonist was an 8 year old Jewess savant from Romania, living in Stamboul and giving military advice to the Sultan. It was just a bit too fantastic. Still, at that point, it was holding my interest.I found the ending to be unsatisfying. The author could have tied up a few loose ends to finalize t [...]

    10. I think perhaps that Michael David Luka, the author of “The Oracle of Stamboul” might be the king of the simile. For example: “Hoopoes covered the town like frosting, piped in along the rain gutters of the governor’s mansion and slathered on the gilt dome of the Orthodox church.” Or “ At one point, in what might have been a dream, a deer glanced past her window, its eyes reflecting some hidden luminosity like a string of lighthouses multiplied along the shore. Or “The morning press [...]

    11. Disappointing DebutIn the year 1877, Eleonora Cohen was ushered into the magnificent and opulent world of the Ottoman Empire to the smell of witch hazel, the sound of thunderous hoof-beats from Russian invaders, the flapping of wings from flocks of mysterious birds, and to the bright flashes of lightening striking. The Tartar midwives holding her up to the sky said she was the long awaited Oracle from a prophecy dictated long ago a by a king upon his deathbed. He foretold there would be a baby g [...]

    12. A story of a young girl who learns at an insane speed, and seems destined to have a role in late 19th century Turkey's political turmoil.I enjoyed it but it doesn't really feel all that Turkish, in the end. You could have picked Eleanor up and dropped her into any exotic location with a sultan/king/emperor and the story could have been the same. I think the author wrote the book to get to write Istanbul but it wasn't essential for the story somehow.And while it isn't classified YA, it had that f [...]

    13. Okay, firstly, this book was a bit slow. Doesn't catch you attention right away. But, if you can get past this, The Oracle of Stamboul is very well written. I realized very early on that if you read this book out loud, it's very fun. It has words that are fun to say, especially if you say them in a fake British accent. You know, not that I tried itMichael David Lukas created some interesting characters for this book. They were well developed, and the main character, Eleonora, kinda reminded m [...]

    14. I was ready to be charmed. After reading too much violence and gore lately, I was ready for history and subtle intrigue. Unfortunately, The Oracle of Stamboul was flat and lifeless for me. The descriptive writing was nice in places, but I never felt the heartbeat of the characters. They moved about as sketches, or ghosts of the past without the writer revealing what lay beneath their skin. The dialogue was mechanical and often annoying. Mr. Lukas has a habit of describing a situation, then givin [...]

    15. Per quanto scritto molto bene, questo romanzo non mi ha convinto molto, principalmente per la sua protagonista.Eleonora è una prodigiosa bambina di otto anni, che a sei ha imparato a leggere speditamente frasi complesse in un giorno (!) e che a otto sa parlare sette lingue (tra cui il russo, il greco antico e il turco), oltre a leggere trattati di filosofia e gli autori greci comprendendoli. Boh, io sono sempre un po' scettica sui bambini prodigio nei romanzi, penso siano una scappatoia, specie [...]

    16. It is marvelous when    a book transports me to a different time and place with people I want to spend time with,    I turn the final page satisfied but yet long for more, and    I immediately want to share the experience with a friend. The book is wonderful, the story enchanting, and I'm convinced this book is a winner. It is one that I personally will provide copies to our public and the school libraries. But this time, I'd like to share a bit more. Although I normally don't post about t [...]

    17. Barring some kind of miracle, this looks like it's shaping up to be a 2 star book. This is normally the kind of book that I gradually stop reading. You know, you read a few pages and find you can't concentrate on what's going on because it's not holding your interest. So, you set it aside for a while. Then, you pick it up, same thing- read a few pages and put it down. Gradually, it becomes a few days, then a week until you pick it up and it eventually gets forgotten and buried under Mount TBR. S [...]

    18. Kitap size vadettiği hiçbir şeyi tam olarak veremiyor, konu, olaylar, İstanbul'a bakış hepsi eksik ve tatmin edici olmaktan uzak. Kitap akıcı olsa da anlatılan belli bir şey olmayınca bir süre sonra sıkıyor, karakterler iyi denebilecek şekilde yazılmış olsa da, yazarın II. Abdülhamit için çizdiği portreyi hiç sevmedim ve bu da puanımı oldukça ekledi. Aslında 2 puan verecektim ancak padişahın kitaptaki yerinden dolayı 1'de karar kıldım. Okumaya değer bir kitap m [...]

    19. Wow. Beautifully written. The author uses the most delicious metaphors, and I found myself breaking off reading at times to re-read & savour some of the more striking ones. Not quite sure why it's taken my 3 weeks to read this - it's not a difficult book by any means, and the story was a bit thin in places in retrospect. Looking forward to more from this author.

    20. كتاب ساحر في مقدمته رائع في توصيفه الا انك تشعر بنوع من الاحباط عندما تنهيه

    21. Can I just say how much I love the feel of this book? I usually get library copies of books, which means they have those weird plasticy hardcovers. But paperbacks are more my style and this one just felt so nice (the pages are raggedy like old-school books and the cover is textured). It’s so pretty (of course I proceeded to spill on it about three times so it’s not nearly so pretty anymore). It was just a joy to hold in my hands. Does that sound weird? This is why I will never accept e-reade [...]

    22. 4.5 stars actually.Original review with additional historical bits at Layers of Thought.A poetic page turning historical début with an unusual and precocious young girl as the main character. All set in an exotic, magical, yet politically volatile country and time.About: When Eleanor Cohen is born there are auspicious signs that she is not your normal child. She is to be a prodigy with gifts of memory, languages, extreme intelligence and something which is just a tad mystical. Set in the late 1 [...]

    23. A fantasy set in late-Ottoman Stamboul [Istanbul], telling the story of a young girl, daughter of a Jewish carpet merchant in Constanta, Romania. From strange portents at her birth, she is thought to be the fulfillment of a prophecy that she will influence the history of the world. A flock of purple and white hoopoes has been with her since her birth and remains with her, overseeing her throughout the novel. She stows away in one of her father's steamer trunks when he has to make a business jour [...]

    24. This book is like a divine dessert: decadent, delicious, and portioned just enough to make you wish there was another mouthful.  Lukas' writing style is playful without being ridiculous (see my Teaser Tuesday for a taste); it's really straight up enjoyable.  Pleasurable!The setting is an era that I'm unfamiliar with but find wholly appealing -- 19th century Turkey -- and Lukas offers gorgeous passages that place the reader squarely in Stamboul.  There's international intrigue and a host of ch [...]

    25. The Oracle of Stamboul is a gorgeously written book. It brings the old city of Stamboul to life in a vivid and breathtaking way, down to the scents in the air and the patterns of the carpets. Unfortunately, despite the lushly rendered setting, this is one of those novels in which not much happens.Perhaps that is not a fair criticism of a book wherein a child is born amidst signs and portents, discovers that she has mental abilities beyond her years, runs away from home in a steamer trunk, buries [...]

    26. A very pretty book. Late 1800's. Eleonora is born in Romania and proves early on to possess a precocious and brilliant mind. She learns to read at 7, stows away on a ship to flee a life of ironing and sweeping, and ends up in the ancient city of Stamboul, or Instanbul, center of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. From there the story gets progressively larger. (I have to go and check this place out. I've been reading about it so long. I guess it must be kind of trashed now after all these years of be [...]

    27. Dedication: To my siblings -Adam and Anna, Coleman and Allison -for reminding me what matters;and to Hayley,for everything.Acknowledgements at the front; what a gentleman.Opening Quote: 'Ah, Stamboul! Of all the names that can enchant me, this one re,mains the most magical.' Pierre Loti.Opening: Eleonora Cohen came into this world on a Thursday, late in the summer of 1877. Those who rose early that morning would recall noticing a flock of purple-and-white hoopoes circling above the harbour, loop [...]

    28. Quite interesting. A bit of realism, a bit of magical realism, a bit of historical fiction. I'm still digesting this one but it is safe to say that it is an enjoyable book to read. I plowed through the first 160 pages or so to come up for air and find that the bathwater had gone cold and the cats were howling to be fed.

    29. انتهت الرواية و لم تنتهي الاحداث جميلة و السرد رائع و لكنك ما ان تصل الى نهاية الرواية تشعر بإنه مازال هناك صفحات ربما فقدت من نهاية الرواية لا يمكن ان تكون تلك النهاية نهاية الرواية مبتورة كأنما الكاتب شعر بأنه قد فوت امر هام و يجب عليه انهاء الرواية الان

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