Review: Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali

Madonna in a Fur CoatTitle: Madonna in a Fur Coat

Author: Sabahattin Ali

Pages: 167 Pages

Publisher: Penguin Books/Penguin Classics

The Blurb

The pain of losing something precious can be forgotten over time. But our missed opportunities never leave us, and every time they come back to haunt us, we ache.’

A shy young man leaves his home in rural Turkey to learn a trade and discover life in 1920s Berlin. There, amid the city’s bustling streets, elegant museums, passionate politics and seedy cabarets, a chance meeting transforms his life forever. Caught between his desire for freedom and his yearning to belong, he struggles to hold on to the new life he has found.

A mesmerizing bestseller of lost love and yearning to belong in 1920s Berlin, Madonna in a Fur Coat is one of the top twenty debut fiction hardbacks of 2016 so far and has been a top ten bestseller in Turkey continuously for the last three years.

Sabahattin Ali is one of the greatest Turkish writers of the twentieth century, his story is as moving as the one recounted in the novel and resonates with the political tensions in Turkey today.

The Review

Ok, this is another of those books that I requested based on the strength of the cover and the title. I can’t say that I loved Madonna in a Fur Coat but I can appreciate certain things about the story. The whole bait and switch of protagonists was in interesting twist. Along with the mysterious nature of Marie and the unending yearning of Reif made the story romantic and certainly of its period.

Whilst Madonna in a Fur Coat certainly has positives it is not something I would normally read.

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2 Stars

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