Without a Country

Without a Country

From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that explores the depths of pride, devotion, and persistence as four generations of a family struggle to forge their destinies. As Hitler?s reign of terror begins to loom large over Germany, Gerhard and Elsa Schliemann?like other German Jews?must flee with their children i From the international bestselling author of Last Train to Istanbul comes a novel based on true events that exp...

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Title:Without a Country
Author:Ayşe Kulin
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1503900975
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:316 pages pages

Without a Country Reviews

  • Jeanette
    Jun 15, 2018
    Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, especially stories where Jews and the Nazis are concerned. This book was a little different to many stories that i have read, mainly due to the family making Turkey their home after fleeing Germany. This was a very enjoyable book and th...
  • Heather
    Jul 05, 2018
    Sometimes I wonder if my history classes had spent more time on novels like this - fictionalized accounts of actual events - it all would have stuck better. I mean, obviously we'd need to learn the actual facts, too, but somehow I've discovered in the historical fiction I've read that ...
  • Debbie Shoulders
    Jun 21, 2018
    This was a great idea for a story. In 1933 as Hitler was getting rid of intellectuals and Jews several professors found jobs in Turkey, a nation trying to wrestle its way out of the past. Kulin highlights one such family surrounding them with real individuals. The problem is that she a...
  • Liesbeth
    Jun 18, 2018
    I openly admit defeat on this book, and I?ve given up half way through. It?s not a part of history I know much about and I was looking forward to learning more. However the characters are poorly developed to a point whereby as a reader you just don?t care about them. The story ju...
  • Mandy
    Aug 10, 2018
    The problem with this novel is that it?s just too ambitious. To encapsulate the entire history of modern Turkey ? from 1933 to the present ? through the story of four generations of one family covers too much ground and involves too many characters, leading to a lack of depth in ...
  • Hillary
    Jul 06, 2018
    This book is easy to read--credit the translation. (I can't judge the original Turkish, of course.) Although the book blurb describes it as a WWII book, that's only a part of the story. I chose this as a Kindle Prime selection because the story of German Jewish intellectuals who ...
  • Lilisa
    Jun 11, 2018
    Thanks to Kenneth Dakan for translating Ayse Kulin?s book from the original Turkish publication and giving readers the opportunity to experience Turkey over four generations with a Jewish family - the Schlimanns. In the 1930s, Dr. Gerhard and Elsa Schlimann and their young family fle...
  • Linden
    Nov 27, 2016
    1930lardan bugune Turkiye'yi etkileyen olaylari anlatmak ugruna bir cok faktoru es gecen roman. Karakterler gecit toreni yapiyor kitap boyunca, ne kisilikleri derinlemesine tanima imkani duyuyoruz ne de anlatim edebi bir tat birakiyor. Kurgu da, anafikir de, karakterler de yuzeysel olm...
  • Ozge
    Feb 08, 2017
    Hitler dnemi Almanyas?ndan bugnn Trkiye'sine 4 ku?ak bir Yahudi ailesinin hayat?... Yak?n tarihin nemli olaylar?na zet bir bak??...ok keyifle okudum, tm Ay?e Kulin romanlar? gibi. ...
  • John Keeth
    Jun 15, 2018
    I Couldn't Put This Book Down I don't usually give a book 5 stars but this one deserves it. I'm not going to go into the plot. You can get that from the other reviews. This is a beautifully written historical novel that is well researched. There is not a dull page in it and I couldn...
  • June
    Jun 21, 2018
    A Book with Anticipation A book about tradegy, predjudice, injustice and heartbreak, but also one of love, forgiveness, endurance, and loyalty. A can't put down book. A lot of life's lessons learned. ...
  • Meral Dülger Taşkın
    Nov 14, 2016
    2.5 Daha modern ve duygusal versiyonu iin Irmak Zileli Gzlerini Ka?rma'y? nerebilirim. 3 ku?ak kad?n rgs ?a??rt?c? bir ?ekilde Zileli'nin kitab?n? and?r?yor.. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 06, 2018
    I?m assuming that something was lost in translation with this book. The story had to potential to be a great one, but it seemed like the author was trying to tell too much in not enough pages. The second half of the book felt rushed, and much of it felt like a recitation of facts rat...
  • Thebooktrail
    Jun 04, 2018
    BookTrail postcard review: I always read Ayse Kulin's books and this was a poignantly painful yet interesting read. I knew practically nothing of the role of Turkey in the 2WW and in the persecution of Jews so this was a real eye opener in many ways. Written in a very accessible an...
  • Nicole Patterson
    Jun 06, 2018
    2.5 stars for this book. I really enjoy books set in the 1930s. This one was a little different then I was expecting it to be. There was a lot of history about Turkey which was a little slow reading for me. But I liked all the generations that I got to read about. Was wishing for a lit...
  • Gail Smith
    May 27, 2018
    This family saga begins as a German pathologist learns that he must leave Berlin immediately: Hitler is beginning to round up Jews. He and his family eventually relocate to Turkey, where he is instrumental in bringing other displaced Jewish doctors and scientists to staff the new Istan...
  • Rachel Abarca-Contreras
    Jun 08, 2018
    Shocking I?ll be honest: I was intrigued, then bored, then interested, then bored, then bored again, then suddenly intrigued, heartbroken, sympathetic and empathetic. The journey through 4 generations of Jews from WWII to religious terrorist groups was poignant to say the least. T...
  • Barbara
    Jun 08, 2018
    This was my choice for the Amazon Prime 'free' book for June and I chose it because I'd previously read 'Rose of Sarajevo' by the same author and recognised the name. Unfortunately I found the book rather disappointing. It's a four generation 'saga' that tracks the evolution of a famil...
  • Hülya Kurugöllü
    May 17, 2017
    30'lardan gnmze Trkiye ve Yahudilere uygulanan zulmn tarihinin 380 sayfaya s?k??t?r?lm?? biraz h?zl? bir zeti olmu?. Bu durum insan? yorsa da ba??m?zdan geen byk lekli musibetlerin hat?rlatmas? gibi... Bunun d???nda farkl? ku?aklardan kad?nla...
  • Sibel
    Nov 22, 2016
    Belgesel gibi bir roman. H?zl? okunuyor, srkleyici. Daha ok olaylar? takip ediyoruz. Temposu yksek, olaylar h?zl? ak?yor. Hele son yz sayfa, yak?n dnem siyasi tarihimizin h?zl? bir zeti. Roman karakterleri ok n planda de?il bence. Siyasi, sosyal, kltre...
  • Demet Çıkrıkcı
    Aug 03, 2017
    Al??t???m Ay?e Kulin tad?n?n ok gerisinde kalm??. Sanki zorlama yaz?lm?? gibi; ba?larda ok ak?c? ilken daha sonra t?kanan bir hikaye. Severek okumad?m diyebilirim. ...
  • Seda Yetik
    Mar 08, 2017
    ?lk 100 sayfa iyi gerisi berbat. Yazar her ?eyi yazay?m derdine girip hikayeyi da??tm?? ve da??lm??. ...
  • Ahmet Şahin
    Jan 05, 2017
    A?kcas? yerli yazarlar iinde Ay?e Kulin benim iin ok farkl? bir noktadad?r. Bunun en byk sebebi gl kaleminin yan? s?ra olaylara bak?? a?s? ve bunu gerekle?tirirken seti?i konular?n tam merkez olu?u. ??te, kanad? k?r?k ku?larda byle bir kit...
  • Katie B
    Jun 01, 2018
    By the early 1930s, Gerhard Schliemann knows that his family is no longer safe living in Germany because they are Jewish. He eventually finds employment in Turkey and soon his wife and two children join him and attempt to adapt to life in their new country. This is a historical fiction...
  • Kutlu
    Dec 20, 2016
    Kitabimiz kronolojik acidan gayet zengin 30 lu yillardan gunumuze uzaniyor. Bu surecte yahudi aile odakli bir hayatin ortasinda buluyoruz kendimizi. 4 nesili iceriyor icermesine de her biri uzerinde ayni oranda durulmamis ve kitabin baslarinda Ataturk zamani egitimdeki surecinin uzerin...
  • Harmonyofbooks
    Apr 19, 2017
    Elsa, sahilde ko?turan ocuklar?yla torunlar?n? gstererek, "?u hale bak, Gerhard," dedi, "biz Yuhidi bir Alman ifttik ama Amerikal? bir o?lumuz oldu, Trk k?z?m?z, Hristiyan ve Mslman torunlar?m?z var. Bu nas?l kadermi??" "Renkli bir kadermi? Elsa, bizim hayat...
  • Jonathan Donihue
    Jul 10, 2018
    An Interesting Trip Throu Time This book wasn't exactly what I expected but it was an enjoyable read. The author presented an historical overview of a little less than a century in Turkey from the point of view of a particular family. As I commented to a friend of mine; it kind of r...
  • Selin
    Aug 02, 2017
    1930 lardan gnmze kronolojik s?ra ile meydana gelmi? siyasi/toplumsal olaylar?n herbirinden bahsedicem diye zorlama yaz?lm?? bir roman. ...
  • Cıler Inan
    May 30, 2017
    Tek kelimeyle mkemmel, tam da yre?imde belki de bir sredir zerini rtt?m birtak?m ince s?z?lara dokunan ve sonunda gerek sevginin dini, dili ya da ?rk? olamayaca??n? bir kez daha hat?rlatan, aile olman?n gcn bana en derinden hissettiren bir hikayeydi. O...
  • Carol
    Jun 14, 2018
    Very well written This book was very well written. It kept me wanting to continue to read it. Historical fiction seems to be my favorite genre, because I learn at the same time as I?m entertained. This book covered at least 4 generations of one family?s struggle with finding a ...