You're Not You (review)

You're Not You (review) that they wouldn't have a chance to see my life." Later, after Fazil has had more time to consider what he would like Orhan to write about him in the novel, he says, "If you write a book set in Kars and put me in it, I'd like to tell your readers not to believe anything you say about me, anything you say about any of us. No one could understand us from so far away." This scene, appearing at the tail end of Snow, reads like something of a disclaimer for the entire novel. How, after all, is it possible to understand someone from so far away? But it might be possible, and if anyone can pull it off it is Orhan Pamuk. Pamuk's works provide substantial evidence that the novel is still the best medium for attempting to capture the subtle, changing qualities that unite and distinguish us all. (IR) You're Not You By Michelle Wildgen Thomas Dunne Books, 274 pp., $23.95 When characters with terminal illnesses appear in literature, they often demand that readers brace themselves for a tragedy that is ready-to-wear. For some, this may be the novel or short story's appeal; for the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

You're Not You (review)

The Missouri Review, Volume 30 (1) – Apr 25, 2007

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University of Missouri
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Copyright © 2007 by The Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved.
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1548-9930
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Abstract

that they wouldn't have a chance to see my life." Later, after Fazil has had more time to consider what he would like Orhan to write about him in the novel, he says, "If you write a book set in Kars and put me in it, I'd like to tell your readers not to believe anything you say about me, anything you say about any of us. No one could understand us from so far away." This scene, appearing at the tail end of Snow, reads like something of a disclaimer for the entire novel. How, after all, is it possible to understand someone from so far away? But it might be possible, and if anyone can pull it off it is Orhan Pamuk. Pamuk's works provide substantial evidence that the novel is still the best medium for attempting to capture the subtle, changing qualities that unite and distinguish us all. (IR) You're Not You By Michelle Wildgen Thomas Dunne Books, 274 pp., $23.95 When characters with terminal illnesses appear in literature, they often demand that readers brace themselves for a tragedy that is ready-to-wear. For some, this may be the novel or short story's appeal; for the

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Published: Apr 25, 2007

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