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  1. This book was recommended by my good friend Flora whose recommendations I can always trust. And this was no exception. It was not the best writing, but the information and the understanding of the Turkish and Ottoman empire and outlook was extremely valuable. I highly recommend this to anyone who needs to understand the mentality of that part of the world better.Some favorite quotes-You took babies from all over the Empire and created a caste of soldiers and administrators through long years of [...]

  2. The best one so far in his Islamic quintet collection. It may not be the most (and there are say it in the most millennial way possible) happening, but it is full of references regarding to the events that occurred in that era, which I found appealing. More specifically what rejoiced me even further was during the central committee meeting in Yusuf Pasha's palace, where he made a reference to a young Mustafa Kema in his military days. Which must have been a momentus occasion filled with nostalgi [...]

  3. Nothing special about this book unlike the previous two. Narration is very good but otherwise the story is very plane, slow and the historic background is very faint. I also don't see how it relates to Islam by any means. The first 2 novels were handling important eras in Islamic empire and even though the collapse of the Ottoman Empire is a significant historic event, yet it doesn't show clearly in this novel.

  4. Loved the stories and really getting to know the whole family. It was insular in following just one family at one location but brought in a lot of information about what was happening in the world around them and how the Ottoman Empire was heading to collapse.

  5. First to say I don’t know should I put this book into „alternate reality “. Level of liberalism present within one Turkish Pasha family is mind blowing. Even today such level would at least bring many modern and ordinary families to a challenge while this Pasha Ottoman family has just one or two eyebrow lifts. But not just this family, woman (few of them in this novel) without any problems leave their husbands and take away children with them, as soon as they lose interest in them from man [...]

  6. I like how the history and politics is nicely put in this book, but I believe there's too much accent on the sexual acts (no matter if its some kind of perverse sexual behaviour or not). And I think it reveals author's concerns about being abandoned by the woman because women in this book constantly have a change of hearts and stop loving those who they once loved deeply. There isn't examples of mature love relationship (guess it was too conventional for the author) which kinda bothers me But an [...]

  7. I enjoyed the voice of the female narrator in this third book (out of five) in the series. I find it interesting to see the time period (around the French revolution) from a middle eastern perspective.

  8. The stone woman derives its name from an ancient rock in the Palace garden of Iskandar Pasha's summer house in Istanbul facing Marmara sea--shaped like a veiled woman (perhaps worshiped by pagans as goddess). Tariq Ali's ability to wave tales in such drawing intensity and dramatic feel told within a family clan existed in Ottoman empire speaks highly of his great intellect and imaginative flare. Stone woman has touched me in many different ways. Its a collection of various personal tales of vari [...]

  9. Dari keempat buku tetraloginya yang telah terlanjur terbeli, baru terbaca 1 1/10. Buku pertama yang terbeli Kitab Salahuddin: Sebuah Novel berhasil membuatku mogok baca setelah 1/10 bagian. Yang membuatku bertahan di buku ini adalah keingintahuan ending dari tanda-tanda intrik kejatuhan Kesultanan Ustmani, meskipun endingnya tidak sedramatis yang kubayangkan. Dan kelihatannya hanya itu yang membuatku memberi bintang 2.Bila di cover buku ini tertulis sebuah endorsment yang menyatakan membaca nove [...]

  10. If for no other reason, this book is worth reading as a fascinating introduction to the end days of the Ottoman empire. Taking place at the very end of the 19th century, The Stone Woman recounts several decades of family history of a wealthy Istanbul family as each member confronts the decline of the empire that has served them so well.The author uses the stone woman as a device for allowing the reader to listen intimately to each main character's inner-most personal and family secrets. She is a [...]

  11. This is the third book of the Islamic Quintet I have read. Tariq Ali is a talented storyteller, but each book seems to follow a distinct pattern of characters: cheating wives, beautiful women, frigid women, wise old randy men(destined to die within the novel), religious zealotry, the token gay and a smogasbord of different religious and ethnic characters. The Stone Woman certainly doesn't disappoint. The Stone Woman is a lonely statue to which characters in the book purge their secrets. Perhaps [...]

  12. This book falls just short of 4*'s, it is book 3 of Ali's Islam Quintet and is a wonderful study of an Turkish family at the end of 19th century. The world is changing and moving toward WWI and the Ottoman Empire is collapsing. The writing is fluid and the characters are vivid and real. The daughter, that acts as the primary narrator, is now a new friend. My only problem, and this may be resolved after I read the next two, is the jumping back and forth in time and place, I guess like the Muslims [...]

  13. Novel ini berkisah tentang keluarga bangsawan, pada masa peralihan pemerintahan Turki, dari monarki ke republik. Kebiasaan keluarga ini berbicara pada perempuan batu (patung batu yang berbentuk seperti perempuan) menjadi penyambung kisah dalam novel ini. tutur kisah para tokoh-tokoh novel ini pada perempuan batu, mebuat novel ini seperti kumpulan cerita. Dari keseluruhan novel ini, menurutku BIASA SAJA. Tidak ada sesuatu yang menggugah kemanusiaan di dalamnya. Tariq Ali seperti mencoba menggamba [...]

  14. I thought this book was the second book of Tariq Ali's quintet. I was wrong, The second book should be "Book of Saladin", the book keeper gave me a wrong information, huhuhu. The Stone Woman tells about the habit of all women in a family (including the female maids) that always tell their problem to a statue named "Stone Woman". From that habit, many secrets revealed. I thought this book tells much about the fall of Ottoman Empire, but the fact, it much tells about love story. I think the first [...]

  15. I wanted to learn more about oriental history and culture, but this is rather long family saga with only few interesting comments on reasons of the fall of Ottoman Empire Not enough unfamiliar things :)I loved the part when group of Muslims discussed ideas of Hegel, Auguste Comte, Machiavelli, Bismarck, in order to understand how to reconstruct Empire into secular state Exciting atmosphere of creating history, of being part of something larger than lifeI liked the book, but not as much as "Sulta [...]

  16. Life in the times of the Persian Empire. Family and politics playing roles in center stage. The tradition of culture are everything in daily life. Who can one confide in when the going gets rough. There is a stone statue in the family compound courtyard which has been there for as long as anyone can remember. traditionally only available for the women,it was an oracle of sorts, or maybe more along the lines of a sounding board for ones deepest feelings and secrets. Great descriptions on ancient [...]

  17. Having read the first two quintets, this is by far the best. A vivid tale with a rich historical context that evokes the last days of the Ottoman empire. The repetition of Ali's characters throughout his books featuring too frequently homosexual men, cheating spouses and bastards casts the plots sometimes mundane, but nevertheless this was a great read if only for Ali's exceptional ability to immerse you in the historical environment. If you're going to read one of Ali's books - let it be this o [...]

  18. I really really wanted to love this. He's so witty and insightful, and I don't read enough fiction in translation. But there's a kind of storytelling that's just hard for me to get into. So, it turns out that this book was written in English. I'd just assumed it was translated from the Turkish, mostly because the language was so stiff. It's much harder to forgive that knowing that it's not just a problem of translation.

  19. Assigned reading for Ottoman Empire course. I enjoyed this much more than I expected too. It was engaging and interesting, with some twists and turns but at an easy pace. A very good look at the march towards the end of the Ottoman empire through the eyes of one family. The Baron was hilarious, Nilofer didn't take much to make her fall in love. Overall a good read, one I'll be keeping on the shelves. Never know when I might need it again.

  20. Very stiff, but still hooked me eventually. The second Arabic book I have read in a row (last was Girls of Riyadh) that had this stiff quality. The characters are passionate but the tone is cold and distant. There's something appealing about that. I hear their thoughts and obsessions, but the author does not try to lure me into it with any trick of style. It feels more like the author is simply telling me the story, not trying to enchant the characters to life. This way I have more space.

  21. Through the life of a family and its members, it addresses the deep uncertainties and changes facing the Ottoman empire on the threshold of its demise and disintegration. An insightful read of those living in the same region now facing similar deep uncertainties, turmoil and rupture of nation states.

  22. Historical background is very weak, and I expected more from this novel. Unlike the previous two books, the history isn't mentioned as much, and the focus is more and the family itself.The family plot line was well-written, although not very interesting.

  23. The third book in Tariq Ali's quintet of historical novels from an Islamic perspective leaps forward from mediaeval times to the closing years of the Ottoman Empire.As in his previous novel, he tells the story of the times through the story of a family

  24. This was much better than no.2 in the Quintet, still not as great as No.1. A family story in a muslim turkish family at the eve of the Ottoman Dynasty.

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