I loved the Museum of Innocence for the details of lower middle class Turkish family's lifestyle in Istanbul. Whereas Orhan Pamuk himself is from upper middle class upbringing. It is amazing that how he could know all the details.

The obsessed lover's plan to forget the girl including division of the streets of Istanbul as forbidden, semi-forbidden and free zones is hilarious. Alas, all his plans to forget the girl turn into finding the girl. His plot to invite the young girl's family to his own engagement with another girl by erasing one of the business associates' name from the party list foreshadows that he will never forget this girl.

I read the book in its original language. I only hope that the sarcasm he conveys in describing the lifestyle and human relations be equally conveyed in translation.

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