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Sometimes to cover up, the parents marry the daughter off to any suitor; Being religious and wearing headscarves are seen as not being modern; wanting the Turkish cinema to breakthrough in its old ways but having their own wives or lovers involved in kissing scenes is a no-no etc.
There are many side stories and interesting characters besides Kemal and Füsun, and they all serve as a kaleidoscope of the Istanbul society in an era where curfews were imposed, political unrest is rife.
We can bear the pain only by possessing something that belongs to that instant, these mementos preserve the colours, textures, images, and delights as they were more faithfully, in fact, than can those who accompanied us through those moments.
– page 316 This is the second book after Snow of Pamuk that I read.
Kemal spirals into his love obsession has a detrimental effect on his relationship with his mother, brother and the family business; as we see the consequences of Kemal’s failing business, estranged relationship with his brother and Kemal being ostracised by his circle of friends from the high society.