The story was long and drawn out, but so was Kemal's wait. Having failed to recognize and acknowledge true love when it chanced upon him, at an inconvenient moment, when he later understands he succumbs to his situation and a long long waiting game. When happiness arrives, so does tragedy. He realizes he will never recover to love again. Often ponderous, I am lucky to be a very fast reader! Old Turkish traditions collide with the ways from the west.