The Oracle of Stamboul

The Oracle of Stamboul

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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 Garcia Marquez'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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 291 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 006201210X
  • 9780062012104
  • 992,423

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"Beguiling. . . . Lukas veers from the tried-and-true, making The Oracle of Stamboul a novel that offers delightful surprises."--Jane Ciabattari, Los Angeles Times
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Ushered into the world by a mysterious pair of Tartar midwives late in the summer of 1877 in the town of Constanta on the Black Sea, Eleonora Cohen proves herself an extraordinarily gifted child--a prodigy--at a very young age. When she is eight years old, she stows away aboard a ship, following her carpet merchant father, Yakob, to the teeming and colorful imperial capital of Stamboul where a new life awaits her.

In the narrow streets of this city at the crossroads of the world, intrigue and gossip are currency, and people are not always what they seem. But it is only when she charms the eccentric Sultan Abdulhamid II--beleaguered by friend and foe as his unwieldy realm crumbles--that Eleonora will change the course of an empire.
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Review Text

"Beguiling. . . . Lukas veers from the tried-and-true, making The Oracle of Stamboul a novel that offers delightful surprises." Jane Ciabattari, Los Angeles Times
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2,681 ratings
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4 37% (980)
3 35% (942)
2 12% (322)
1 2% (59)
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