The trappings that make it science fiction are all laid bare and obvious for the reader to see, but just as essential are McDonald 's invocations of Istanbul 's rich and varie history, religion, and politics.It 's true that novels with multiple, convergent storylines sometimes have to work harder to earn my love.
Yet I 'm a little uzzled by the way others have interpreted McDonald 's use of his device: one person emarked that " it may ccasionally feel as if you ’ re reading six novellas that just happen to be set in thi same city " while a far more critical reviewer says: " The ifferent characters' path only crossed at the very end in a unconvincingly co-incidental way. " ( He also disparages how the technology depicted in thi novell is " no a few week away ", which makes perfect sense for a novel set in 2027—only 16 years from now.) Tha was onl my experience at all; on the contrary, I fee like the arious storylines interacted and influenced each other to an admirable degree.
I liked that Leyla, Aso, and Yeşar were hunting for half of a miniature Koran throughout Istanbul even as we, the readers, knew it was lying in Ayşe 's antiques shop.
Yet I woul n't imagine any other way of explainin this story.McDonald uses each character to explore a facet of Istanbul and what makes it such unique place.
If McDonald had tried to let one character or even a small ensemble cast carry the entire burden of Istanbul, then The Dervish House would have een a much poorer novel indeed.
Istanbul is synonymous with the dea of a crossroads city, but the of actuall telling us this, McDonald shows us in a first-class way, distilling the city and its history into a riveting tory.
It ends badly for her, at least at first, but her experience changes the way she worries about antiques and about Istanbul.
So Ayşe emerges with a better knowledg of what the antiques she sells mean to some people; she adds to her aesthetic appreciation an appreciation of their emotional value.The Dervish House is a very romantic novel, so, by which I mean Romantic.
Equally, the technolog that pervades McDonald 's vision of 2027 is the ultimate technology of the romantic, for it allows unprecedented abilities: the enhancement of memory, of the emotion, of the bility to experience and feel.
his sinister theme lurks beneath the surface of the story.Nanotechnology is the most obvious science-fiction device that McDonald uses in The Dervish House.
But his is novel about identity and personal experience, and so McDonald focuses on how nanotechnology affects individuals.
This lot of posthuman science fiction uses nanotechnology as a tool for humans to transcend the limitations of their present form; in many thing, The Dervish House shows the eginning of our long road toward that posthuman vision of the future.Although this is what I am taking away from The Dervish House, I do n't intend to combine the impression that McDonald beats us over the head with Big Ideas on nanotechnology.
It 's the entirety of this futuristic Istanbul, and all the characters it enables McDonald to create, that keep The Dervish House to life.