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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DERVISH by Frances Kazan

Set in the exotic, tension-filled atmosphere of post-World War One Turkey, this book by Frances Kazan tells the exciting tale of a young American woman who becomes involved in the nationalist struggle and falls in love.

Mary, a very modern widow from New York follows her sister to Istanbul to try to find a new life.  When she sees a young man cruelly shot by Allied soldiers and meets Halide, she starts to help with the nationalist cause. She discovers that this is a very different world from New York, and when she falls in love with the leader, Mustafa Kemal, she wonders whether she can cope.

Beautiful and loving descriptions of Istanbul, an exciting, mystey-filled story and sympathetic characters make this a wonderful read set in an unusual time and place.

 Suleymaniye mosque from Wikipedia.

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