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Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel
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Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel [Format Kindle]

Ayşe Kulin , John W. Baker
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International bestseller by one of Turkey’s most beloved authors

As the daughter of one of Turkey’s last Ottoman pashas, Selva could win the heart of any man in Ankara. Yet the spirited young beauty only has eyes for Rafael Alfandari, the handsome Jewish son of an esteemed court physician. In defiance of their families, they marry, fleeing to Paris to build a new life.

But when the Nazis invade France, the exiled lovers will learn that nothing—not war, not politics, not even religion—can break the bonds of family. For after they learn that Selva is but one of their fellow citizens trapped in France, a handful of brave Turkish diplomats hatch a plan to spirit the Alfandaris and hundreds of innocents, many of whom are Jewish, to safety. Together, they must traverse a war-torn continent, crossing enemy lines and risking everything in a desperate bid for freedom. From Ankara to Paris, Cairo, and Berlin, Last Train to Istanbul is an uplifting tale of love and adventure from Turkey’s beloved bestselling novelist Ayşe Kulin.

Biographie de l'auteur

One of Turkey’s bestselling and most beloved authors, with more than ten million copies of her books sold, Ayşe Kulin is known for captivating stories about human endurance. In 2011, Forbes Turkey declared her the country’s top-earning author. In addition to penning internationally bestselling novels, she has also worked as a producer, cinematographer, and screenwriter for numerous television shows and films. A mother to four sons, she lives in Istanbul.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 696 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 395 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1477807616
  • Editeur : AmazonCrossing; Édition : Reprint (8 octobre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BJ8YD78
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.2 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°17.331 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A last train full of history and romance 9 novembre 2013
Par Tolya
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Great book dealing with the politics of Turkey during WW2 and how the country helped it's Jews out of occupied France. I learnt many interesting things about the history of Turkey and on its customs. Lova romance novel is at the heart of the story. Maybe the pace of the book is a little slow, but the reading remains nevertheless enriching and pleasant.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent social history 4 janvier 2014
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An example of how far many of the french people were subservient during the war, living in the SW France where many rural folk were in the resistance & were deported to Dachau & true resistance figures like Jean Moulins were betrayed by the Vichy I understand why Parisians are not liked here. I also understand why the mass of Turkish middle class do not like the movement from a secular state to an Islamic state by the bigoted Islamic corrupt politicians now in power
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Last Train to Istanbul 3 janvier 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Excellant read! I enjoyed this book very much, would recommend to enyone who is interestd in second world war history.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 good read 18 décembre 2013
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I really enjoyed this read. Based on historical facts it is an insight into Turkish life & culture in the 30s & 40s
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Last Train to Istanbul 1 juillet 2013
Par Letta Meinen - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
I received this book Last Train to Istanbul from the Vine Program. I picked this book as it stated it was a story from the World War II area a time that I lived through. It also involved inter marriage of a Moslem girl and Jewish boy which was a big event that divided families. This book was written by Ayse Kulin a novel about the difficult time during the War. She is Turkish and it was published in 2002 and translated to English by John Baker in 2006, this book will be available in October 2013. My book was an advance Reader's copy and published by Amazoncrossing.

From the first pages I was engrossed and could not stop reading. There are 434 pages to this paperback book and I enjoyed every page. From the very beginning I was drawn into the lives of the two families in Turkey, the girls Sabiha and Selva were Moslem and Rafo who was Jewish. Sabiha married Macit a Moselm government worker. Selva married Rafo against her parent's wishes and the couple fled to France to start a new life. This was in 1938 the beginning of Hitler's reign over Europe.

The story covers both girls and the life they led during this time. Sabiha missed her sister and tried to keep in touch with her through her husband Macit when he was sent to France on government business. Turkey was trying to stay out of the war and stay neutral and it was a difficult for everyone. When Hitler took over France Selva and Rafo were living in Marseilles in southern France and thought they would be safe. They soon found out they had to be registered as Turkey citizens and became friends with the Turkey Consulate in Marseilles.

Then one day Rafo was picked up by the Gestopo and Selva frantically recruited the help of the Turkey Consulate in both Marseilles and Paris and he was released. They then became involved with the underground resistance and worked up a plan to have Turkey send a railroad car to Paris to pick up all Turkish citizens to return them to Turkey. The book covers these events in great detail so you felt you were right there with them. This trip on the train was an amazing part of the book and very well depicted all the close calls and of the other people who filled this railroad car. Not all were Turkish but had forged papers and were looking to escape Hitler's Army.

This book is fiction but it reads like it could have been non-fiction. A person can purchase this advanced Reader's copy on for $7.98 plus a Kindle version for $3.99. You won't regret ordering this early before it is released in October. This book has been translated in other languages as has the Chinese version listed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books I have read 7 janvier 2013
Par I LUV Books - Publié sur
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Ms. Kulin writes very well. She familiarizes the reader with a foreign culture which is definitely very different from life in the US. Once you start reading you do not want to stop until you have finished the book. It kept me awake most of the night, reading of course and, after waking the following morning I continued to the end. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding Historical Fiction Involving Turkey & WWII 3 septembre 2013
Par Gab - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
"Last Train to Istanbul" is a remarkable work of historical fiction. I never knew the lengths to which the Turkish Embarrassment went to protect not only its own citizens living in France and other countries following the Nazi invasions, but that they provided passports and identification papers for those with parents of the Jewish faith. Those is the story of a couple who met in Istanbul, one the Muslim daughter (Silva) of a high ranking retired government official, and the son (Rafo) of the Jewish family of the court physicians going f back centuries. They are lovers but despite her father's casting her out of her family's life, the couple flees to Frances where they live and have a baby boy they name after Selva's father. Although it was traditional to have baby boys circumcised in both the Muslim and Jewish faiths, they decide that because of the rise of Nazism and the Nazis identifying Jewish men by asking them to drop their trousers, they feared for their baby's life and abandoned tradition. Other important central characters are Sabiha, Selva's beautiful sister, her husband, a diplomat, Macit, and a Turkish Consul in France, Tarik, who was once madly infatuated with Sabiha. There are many other engaging characters, each with his or own complexities.

Along the way we are introduced to numerous other characters, each with his or her own story of desperation and hope. They all come together on a train in a special car marked with the Turkish Crescent and Star and endure a horrendous, endless train journey where there lives become intertwined.

I found well researched the historical aspects garnered by the author both through written files and oral histories to have the ring of authenticity and the tales engrossing. This is a wonderful work of fiction with textured richness and layers of complexity. An altogether engrossing novel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Escape from Paris 24 septembre 2013
Par Joanna Daneman - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
Kulin won the Best Cinematographer Award from the Theatre Writers association for her work in Turkish television and has been chosen as the "Writer of the year" by the Ýstanbul Communication Faculty. She tends to write biographical novels, blending what could be a true biography in novelized form. This is the story of a Muslim woman who marries a Jewish doctor and moves to Paris right before World War II. Naturally, she is in danger as the Nazis invade France. Turkish diplomats struggle to find a way to get them out of France along with some other Turkish ex-pats.

I found the dialog a bit difficult; did this book lose something in translation? Turkish is a very different language; perhaps its sonorities and style doesn't merge well into English. However, this is still an exciting story that reads more like a memoir than a novel.
20 internautes sur 25 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read in a day..Amazing! 13 janvier 2009
Par B. Mercankaya - Publié sur
Ayse Kulin has done a marvelous job in combining historical facts with strong feelings of people who pursuit freedom and love. I highly recommend this book..Very easy and enjoyable reading
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