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I struggled to get with the flow of this narrator, she is all over the shop I think it is supposed to be representative of the fact that she herself has lost the plot or lost all hope I m intrigued to readfrom this author but this one didn t speak to me at all It is possible that I am a woman on the ground rather than a girl in the trees, so we were never going to connect anyway.With thanks to Crossing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book TheGirlInTheTr I struggled to get with the flow of this narrator, she is all over the shop I think it is supposed to be representative of the fact that she herself has lost the plot or lost all hope I m intrigued to readfrom this author but this one didn t speak to me at all It is possible that I am a woman on the ground rather than a girl in the trees, so we were never going to connect anyway.With thanks to Crossing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book TheGirlInTheTree NetGalley At first, i liked it i really liked the raw, heartbreaking and a bit jumpy style of writing I wanted to give the main character a hug But after 50%, i tried to hold on, i tried really tried to like it But the jumpy style was tiring and confusing and all the different people that came and went, made it hard Plus the main character was so miserable in one moment and so in love and pink skies and unicorn in the next It was just tiredsome So i decided to DNF a 69%, i just had to stop. The Girl in the TreeI am so glad I stayed with this book through the very last line it took my breath away The narrator pulls no punches, doesn t spare you a bit of her free associating, with no filter in place Her heart, hurts and hopelessness hang out there for all to read.making foruncomfortable moments in reading than I usually tolerate That said, it was compelling in places that pushed me impatiently to the tale s conclusion Growing up is hard in the best of circumstance The Girl in the TreeI am so glad I stayed with this book through the very last line it took my breath away The narrator pulls no punches, doesn t spare you a bit of her free associating, with no filter in place Her heart, hurts and hopelessness hang out there for all to read.making foruncomfortable moments in reading than I usually tolerate That said, it was compelling in places that pushed me impatiently to the tale s conclusion Growing up is hard in the best of circumstances, in the best of times Growing up when everything you love is a spent target that s excruciating Enough to make a girl climb a tree and stay there.This is a bright, shiny read 5 bright, shiny tears for a girl you won t forget When you next walk under spreading trees I suspect you ll look up with ainterested eye.wait.is that a stork s nest A sincere thanks to Sebnem Isiguzel, Crossing and NetGalley for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Here s the thing we can t live our lives by forgetting All we can do is transform our past experiences into something else And that s what we should do, turning them into memories that won t weigh on our hearts or drag us down into misery If I didn t know how to forget, who could I found myself on the treetops because I was stuck with my memories Because I longed to forget Because I couldn t forget After a constant debate with myself whether I should continue reading this book or not,Here s the thing we can t live our lives by forgetting All we can do is transform our past experiences into something else And that s what we should do, turning them into memories that won t weigh on our hearts or drag us down into misery If I didn t know how to forget, who could I found myself on the treetops because I was stuck with my memories Because I longed to forget Because I couldn t forget After a constant debate with myself whether I should continue reading this book or not, I stuck with it in the end The story takes place in 2013 2014, during the riots and political upheavals that shook Turkey It s about a teenage girl who is so disillusioned with her life and safety that she decides on an impulse to climb the tallest tree in Gulhane Park and live in it as she thinks this will give her a better chance at survival, both from the unrest the city is in the grip of and her memories During the length of the novel, the girl keeps recalling different memories of her best friends, grandmother, aunt, mother and father, most of whom are now dead as a direct and indirect result of the political upheaval in the country She also finds an unexpected friend and love in a young man, Yunus, who works in a hotel opposite the park and who becomes her only companion with whom she shares her memories and stories with This book, if ones sticks with it, is not bad I guess the writing would be an issue for some since most of it is the musings of the girl in the tree we only get to know her name right at the end and her recollections are not synchronised She jumps backwards and forwards constantly which can confuse readers but this shows that the girl is confused too there are times when the girl, herself, is not sure if she is dreaming or awake while recalling a memory which shows the struggle the girl is going through trying to keep a grip on her own reality and sanity My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Crossing and the author Sebnem Isiguzel for the e Arc of the book This Arc is an English translation done by Mark David Wyers The book was published on April 16, 2020 The Girl in the Tree is by far the most breath taking book I have read in 2019.I dont remember the last time I wept start to finish, but if you beed a good tear jerker, or just a mood boost, please pick this one up.The author writes so poetically, and paints such a clear picture that you love the entire cast of characters even with their flaws This is a book I will want on my shelf to have on hand for gifts.5 stars, wish I could give it 6 Thanks to Netgalley and Crossing for an egalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe Girl in the Tree is the first of Turkish novelist Sebnem Isiguzel s books to be translated into English Set in Turkey, our young female protagonist has lived through her share of loss and decides to set a new path by living among the trees in Istanbul s Gulhane Park As she sits in her tree, she relates her family s history and slowly reveals the numerous instances of her sorrow Admittedly, I had a li Thanks to Netgalley and Crossing for an egalley in exchange for an honest reviewThe Girl in the Tree is the first of Turkish novelist Sebnem Isiguzel s books to be translated into English Set in Turkey, our young female protagonist has lived through her share of loss and decides to set a new path by living among the trees in Istanbul s Gulhane Park As she sits in her tree, she relates her family s history and slowly reveals the numerous instances of her sorrow Admittedly, I had a little trouble feeling invested in the story This could be partially due to translation or the fact that the protagonist has a way of digressing from her present and talking about other things Once I realized that the story was shaped that way, I was muchinterested and focused Goodreads review published 16 04 20 Publication date 16 04 20 I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I doFrom an award winning Turkish novelist comes a powerful English language debut about a girl s coming of age amid violent unrest and her unexpected escape.A young woman climbs the tallest tree in Istanbul s centuries old G lhane Park, determined I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I doFrom an award winning Turkish novelist comes a powerful English language debut about a girl s coming of age amid violent unrest and her unexpected escape.A young woman climbs the tallest tree in Istanbul s centuries old G lhane Park, determined to live out the rest of her days there Perched in an abandoned stork s nest in a sanctuary of branches and leaves, she tries to make sense of the rising tide of violence in the world below Torn between the desire to forget all that has happened and the need to remember, her story, and the stories of those around her, begins to unfold.Then, unexpectedly, comes a soul mate with a shared destiny A lonely boy working at a nearby hotel looks up and falls in love The two share stories of the fates of their families, of a changing city, and of their political awakenings in the Gezi Park protests Together, they navigate their histories of love and loss, set against a backdrop of societal tension leading up to the tragic bombing that marked a turn in Turkey s democracy and sent a young girl fleeing into the trees.Narrated by one of the most unforgettable characters in contemporary fiction as full of audacious humor and irony as she is of rage and grief this unsparing and poetic novel of political madness, precarious dreams, and the will to survive brilliantly captures a girl s road to defiance in a world turned upside down, in which it is only from the treetops that she can find a grip on reality and the promise of hope.Wow, this is not a beach read or a random book to pick up and read for fun it is serious, highbrow literature I enjoyed it to a certain degree, but it was a little too much for me at times I read to enjoy or learn something important to me I am not saying that the book is not well written it is expertly crafted but it just didn t float my personal boat I stopped reading it as a librarian, if I do not learn something new or get engaged in the characters I do not finish the book as there are too many good ones out there to read and perhaps review.Many people did enjoy it, so perhaps you might I am giving it one for it being a good book for some people and a second for the fact that it was expertly translated Some books are not good once translated into English but this one was *DOWNLOAD PDF ↞ The Girl in the Tree ⇦ From An Award Winning Turkish Novelist Comes A Powerful English Language Debut About A Girl S Coming Of Age Amid Violent Unrest And Her Unexpected EscapeA Young Woman Climbs The Tallest Tree In Istanbul S Centuries Old G Lhane Park, Determined To Live Out The Rest Of Her Days There Perched In An Abandoned Stork S Nest In A Sanctuary Of Branches And Leaves, She Tries To Make Sense Of The Rising Tide Of Violence In The World Below Torn Between The Desire To Forget All That Has Happened And The Need To Remember, Her Story, And The Stories Of Those Around Her, Begins To UnfoldThen, Unexpectedly, Comes A Soul Mate With A Shared Destiny A Lonely Boy Working At A Nearby Hotel Looks Up And Falls In Love The Two Share Stories Of The Fates Of Their Families, Of A Changing City, And Of Their Political Awakenings In The Gezi Park Protests Together, They Navigate Their Histories Of Love And Loss, Set Against A Backdrop Of Societal Tension Leading Up To The Tragic Bombing That Marked A Turn In Turkey S Democracy And Sent A Young Girl Fleeing Into The TreesNarrated By One Of The Most Unforgettable Characters In Contemporary Fiction As Full Of Audacious Humor And Irony As She Is Of Rage And Grief This Unsparing And Poetic Novel Of Political Madness, Precarious Dreams, And The Will To Survive Brilliantly Captures A Girl S Road To Defiance In A World Turned Upside Down, In Which It Is Only From The Treetops That She Can Find A Grip On Reality And The Promise Of Hope The first of ebnem ig zel s eight novels to be translated into English, The Girl in the Tree is a somewhat surreal tale It does what it says on the tin it s the story of a young girl who decides to live out the rest of her life in a tree While up there, she reflects on her family history and conducts a relationship with some guy she barely knows..Narrated in a jumpy and bold first person, we get right inside our protagonist s head, which can be disconcerting at times as her thoughts don t The first of ebnem ig zel s eight novels to be translated into English, The Girl in the Tree is a somewhat surreal tale It does what it says on the tin it s the story of a young girl who decides to live out the rest of her life in a tree While up there, she reflects on her family history and conducts a relationship with some guy she barely knows..Narrated in a jumpy and bold first person, we get right inside our protagonist s head, which can be disconcerting at times as her thoughts don t follow any sort of linear pattern One paragraph she ll be regaling us with a funny tale about her foul mouthed grandma and the next she s recounting instances of shocking police brutality during protests If you read some of the other reviews available, you ll see they say the same thing it ends up being difficult to follow..Usually I m a huge fan of stream of consciousness novels, as well as novels that jump back and forth in time, so I m unsure why this one didn t work for me Maybe the transitions were too clunky I also never really clicked with the narrator s voice ig zel does portray well the trials and tribulations of a young girl living through a politically tumultuous time, while also facing personal trauma All the ingredients for a book I d love were there but something just went wrong during the cooking I m bad at metaphors okay..The translation by Mark David Wyers is very good though I found the prose easy to read, if not particularly exciting stylistically, and he manages to keep the tone of a teenage girl all the way through..I certainly wouldn t be averse to readingfrom this author in the future, hopefully I will click better with whatever novel of hers is translated next The Girl In the Tree by ebnem ig zel was published in Turkish in 2016 and translated by Mark Davis Wyers this year Having had enough of politics, secrets, violence to women, loss of friends and family, and ridicule at school, our young narrator climbs one of the tallest trees in G lhane Park and makes her home in a stork s nest From way up high she catches the eye of Yunus who works at the neighbouring hotel They strike up a friendship and soon fall in love Our narrator who remains unnam The Girl In the Tree by ebnem ig zel was published in Turkish in 2016 and translated by Mark Davis Wyers this year Having had enough of politics, secrets, violence to women, loss of friends and family, and ridicule at school, our young narrator climbs one of the tallest trees in G lhane Park and makes her home in a stork s nest From way up high she catches the eye of Yunus who works at the neighbouring hotel They strike up a friendship and soon fall in love Our narrator who remains unnamed until the end believes that life gets in the way of being able to speak about life Here, I m far from life, so I am able to do that And do it she does, with sharp wit and musings about things most 17 year olds can t even imagine The Gezi protests, Istanbul pogrom, what happens after death, inconstant love, and what it means to write are just a few of the topics she covers This book made me smile and laugh, remember my own good and bad times, and it also wrung my heart out like a wet cloth I will not soon forget the girl in the tree and would love forof ig zel s novels to be translated