Dare to Disappoint

Dare to Disappoint

Growing up in Turkey

Book - 2015
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As a child in Izmir, Turkey in the 1980 and 90s, Ozge Samanci watched as her country struggled between its traditional religious heritage and the new secular westernized world of brand-name products and television stars. In Ozge's own family, she struggled to figure out the place where she belonged, too. Her older sister was a perfect student, and her dad hoped Ozge would study hard, go to good schools, and become an engineer to find stability in their country's uncertain economic climate. But Ozge was a dreamer and wanted adventure. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Costeau? Or should she become a world-famous actress? This touching memoir shows how Ozge dared to overcome both her family and her country's expectations to find happiness by being an artist.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374316983
Characteristics: 190 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jun 21, 2018

In her autobiographical graphic novel, Özge Samancı describes her youth in Turkey, and the conflict between doing what your parents think is best for your future and what your own heart desires. I suspect we are of a similar age, and so it was fascinating to see the ways in which her childhood in the 1980s and 1990s was both similar to and different from mine. I loved learning more about the Turkish culture and some key history of the country -- Ataturk was quite the dynamo in terms of revolutionizing Turkish society, and a blue-eyed blond to boot (who knew?). It seemed to end abruptly, leaving me yearning to learn how she did finally achieve success in her chosen field (but perhaps she's saving that tale for part II?). The sad thing about graphic novels is that they are simply over too soon, and it's a challenge to savor the experience. Highly recommended, especially in conjunction with Persepolis.

CarmenK14 Aug 29, 2016

Sometimes people need to go against the flow to get things that are best for themselves

this is one of the most important things I've learned from this book!

Jul 13, 2016

Come, let's swim against the current...well done.


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