Voice of Conscience by Behcet Kaya – A Review

April 28, 2012 at 10:10 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , )

Title: Voice of Consceince

Author: Behcet Kaya

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Length: 414 pgs.

Described by multiple reviewers as a Shakespearean Tragedy, Kaya’s debut novel Voice of Conscience is a little bit Kite Runner and a little bit Bourne Identity, but still something all its own.

Best read in three days (because of its three parts set in Turkey, London, then California), Voice of Conscience follows the life of Ramzi Ozcomert Jr., from his childhood in Turkey and a culture of vengeance and family tradition – to love, marriage, and finally the return to his roots.  In the spirit of Khaled Housseini (author of Kite Runner) and Manil Suri (author of The Death of Vishnu), Kaya dives into his own culture and gives us social commentary of a country often overlooked in literature.  Addressing deep issues of the human condition througout love, loss, revenge, and guilt from the perspective of a Turkish author, I found the book rather enlightening and educational.

Prior to Kaya’s novel, the only books I had ever read involving Turkey were Middlesex by Jeffrey Euginedes (entire portions of the novel dedicated to the relationship between the Greeks and the Turks) and vampire hunting novels that often use Istanbul as a pitt stop within plot developments.  I’ve encountered Orhan Pamuk over and over again, having worked in a bookstore running the literature section for years, but I never actually picked up any of his work, despite their accolades.

I read Part One set in Atamkoy, Turkey in 1962 curled up in my library with a cup of coffee, thinking this little tragedy was going to be more of a depressing, cozy read.  Turns out, through Parts Two and Three, I had migrated to my Gazelle where I can work out and read simultaneously due to its low impact and breezy routine.  I’m a mood reader, and the more the story progressed, the more Ramzi got closer and closer to going all mercenary ninja on his enemies, which gave me the desire to be on the move.  By the time the book ended, in tradition of a perfect story arch, I was back in a cozy chair with my coffee and a beagle on my feet.

Overall, I appreciate Kaya’s novel and how much of himself he has poured into it.  Its an excellent first novel, and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.  My only complaint is in some of the dialogue which occasionally seems to fall a bit flat and is often times too lengthy. (This coming from a girl who talks incessantly and tends to write how she speaks… could be the pot calling the kettle black!)  But all in all, well done!

Additional articles to read:

http://www.prlog.org/11463686-behcet-kayas-voice-of-conscience.html

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-273884-international-readers-need-to-discover–turkish-literature–say-publishers.html

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