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The Oracle of Stamboul

A Novel

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Description

Set in the heart of the exotic Ottoman Empire during the first years of its chaotic decline, Michael David Lukas’ elegantly crafted, utterly enchanting debut novel follows a gifted young girl who dares to charm a sultan—and change the course of history, for the empire and the world. An enthralling literary adventure, perfect for readers entranced by the mixture of historical fiction and magical realism in Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red, or Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Lukas’ evocative tale of prophesy, intrigue, and courage unfolds with the subtlety of a Turkish mosaic and the powerful majesty of an epic for the ages.  

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 11, 2010 – A girl changes the course of the Ottoman empire in Lukas's middling debut. Eleonora Cohen—born in 1877 Romania, prophesied to alter history, and gifted with great intelligence—stows away at age eight to follow her father to Stamboul. Her first weeks there are a whirlwind of beautiful new dresses and cultural experiences, but the idyllic adventure takes a terrible twist after her father is killed in an accident and Eleonora is taken in by her father's wealthy and politically slippery friend. She proves to be a quick study, and once her tutor alerts the palace of Eleonora's immense intelligence, she finds herself in attendance at the sultan's court, commenting on a political standoff between the Ottoman empire, Russia, and Germany. As the sultan's interest in her grows, so, too, does her reputation and importance, though Eleonora is unsure if her new role is what she wants from life. The backdrop is nicely done, but Lukas can't quite get his characters to pop or the plot to click; indeed, the buildup of Eleonora's oracle-like powers culminates in a disappointing fizzle. It's well intentioned, but flatly executed.

Customer Reviews

If you hate getting immersed in a story, buy this book

Intriguing story, weak character development and even weaker research. Reading this book left me wondering whether the author had really ever been to Istanbul. The cultural references are dubious, and frequently flat out incredible.

Oh, here's the best part. The overly descriptive passages about things that are completely irrelevant to the story makes this book so distracting, I had to try really hard to stay engaged. A bad combination of an amateurish attempt at literary style and misguided story telling.

Mr. Lukas is no Hemingway.

The Oracle of Stamboul

Fascinating story and characters. I certainly hope there is another book soon to follow.

Quick wrap up

I really enjoyed the first 95% of this book. But the ending was too fast and lacked originality. I expected a much more involved and creative wrap up to such a goodnstory.

The Oracle of Stamboul
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  • $6.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Feb 08, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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