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The voice, which finds a resounded echo in this text, is the narrator’s voice that is sharing his childhood with the readers. The narrator makes the readers believe that it is he only who is describing his childhood and not someone else and to prove this he tries to share his past with the readers through his memories. He uses black and white photographs in the book so that the readers can get a better view of Istanbul and to make them feel as though they themselves are surfing through Istanbul, he gives the readers an historical insight about Istanbul, and he shares his childhood with the readers. By, using his memories as a medium to share his childhood, he shows his love for the city, the narrator tries to make this book as original as possible.

The idea of merging a writer’s life with the city of his childhood dreams seems very clever. “Istanbul memories and the city” written by Orhan Pamuk portrays this in a very mesmerizing way. The different ideas, characteristics and debates, such as the various writers that visit Istanbul, or the walk through the river Bosphorus; throughout this novel the reader gets an insight about the author’s melancholic memorial love to the city of Istanbul. The purpose of mentioning the writers who visit Istanbul and bosphorous is because those writers fascinated him and the author admired Bosphorous as it brought peace to people and made them forget about their problems. Each chapter in this memoir unravels the different ideas about Istanbul such as its scenic beauty, the lifeline of Istanbul: Bosphorous river that are portrayed by the writer. The novel “Istanbul memories and the city” takes us through a journey of Istanbul from Orhan Pamuk’s eyes by a medium of his memories, these memories not only allow the readers to gain knowledge about Orhan Pamuk’s childhood and his personal experiences, but it also allows the readers to discover how a journey through Istanbul would feel like. The personality traits, thinking process and the development of Orhan Pamuk as a person are all exposed through these memories. Orhan Pamuk gives us a portrait of the city and himself by his own memory and the “huzun” (melancholy) that every person in Istanbul shares, and are willing to share this melancholy with all. Melancholy is deeply associated with black and white photographs that are visible throughout the novel.

Unlike any other novel “Istanbul: Memories and the City” has incorporated black and white photographs throughout from the book for the purpose of making the readers feel melancholic about Istanbul. Pamuk has an ability to compare these images with his own darker understanding of the city. Every corner of which he sees is portrayed with an melancholy, melancholy is a major theme in this book, the whole book revolves around this melancholy and with this melancholy Pamuk is able to share his childhood and his love for the city with it’s readers. We see a picture on almost every page of the book, the pictures which are...

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