- Type: Paperback
- Pages: 427 pages
- ISBN: none
- ASIN: 9788253015453
- Edition Language: English
Intermingling myth, fact and fiction, Gun creates a fanciful, old-fashioned epic that spans the Ottoman empire in the 16th century and tells a meandering tale of a womans travels and travails.
Awkward young Hurus adventures begin when her brother abandons her during a journey from Istanbul to Baghdad. By the end, when she trades her musical talent for something more valuable, Huru has spent time disguised as a boy and has married a woman; she has seen Persia, Turkey and Syria and traveled through time; she has married a sultan, borne his son and survived--with help from the spirit world--by her wits and her talent for playing her stone lyre. Along the way, she encounters many renowned figures, including Shahrazad, the witty and driven writer, and Lady Zubaida, a successful and independent businesswoman married to the infamous ruler Harun-er-Rashid.
Through these anecdotes, the reader catches sometimes magical glimpses of a different world and a tumultuous era. But the novels density and jarring mix of formal, archaic rhythms with modern language discourage a readers total immersion.