Although I spent 5 years of my life in Istanbul before, including my college days, I have never discovered the cool cafes and bars in Karakoy. And yet, 2 weeks in a row, we hung out in Karakoy district.
“Museum of Innocence” is a book written by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk and a museum created by him. What impressed me about the book is not only the story and the way characters are built up but also the idea to set up a museum related to the book. While the author was writing the book, he also collected up the objects used by the characters, such as a pair of earrings, shoes, teapot or the car keys of the main characters. Either he first found the object in an antique store and got inspired from it to write in the book or he created the object in the book, and then searched for it.
Some quotes from the book:
“When we lose people we love, we should never disturb their souls, whether living or dead. Instead. we should find consolation in an object that reminds you of them, something…I don’t know…even an earring”
“Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy,” said my father as he watched the three beauties. “But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?”
“In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant “now,” even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.”