The Highly Unreliable Account of the History of a Madhouse is an excellent title. Here the author has stated what the book is really about without making a pun. It is one of the rare novels that has an index at the end of the book. There are so many characters in it that if you want to remember them, you’ll need to check it from time to time. But each of the characters is so wonderful that you don’t forget any of them.
While laughing at their stories, I suddenly felt like crying. They all thought me something, and I saw the world in them. After I finish it, I found myself repeating my own actions and experiences as if Ayfer Tunç was writing in my head. It was an exciting experience. If you think the novel is too thick and afraid to read it, your fear will be about how short it is as the book approaches the end.
The Highly Unreliable Account of the History of a Madhouse is an incredible novel that has created worlds within itself. It is unlike anything else and, it perfectly shows Tunç’s genius. You will think and laugh a lot and recommend it to everyone you know. Enjoy!
The Highly Unreliable Account of the History of a Madhouse
The Highly Unreliable Account of the Brief History of a Madhouse is an ever-expanding novel. And it moves at a dizzying pace. A literary panorama of Turkey that defies boundaries spatial or temporal. One end in the 19th century, and the other in the 21st. A book of human landscapes that startles anew with a completely unexpected turn of events. Immediately after deceiving the reader into thinking the end of a plot line might be in sight.
The novel starts in a small-town mental asylum with its back to the Black Sea. And weaves its way through a highly entertaining chain of interlinked lives, each link a complex and bewildering personality. The Highly Unreliable Account follows the trails of political and social milestones. Left on individual lives across a span of nearly a century.
Ayfer Tunç, is a contemporary Turkish writer. She graduated from the Istanbul University Faculty of Political Sciences. During her university years, she wrote many articles for various literature, culture and art magazines.
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