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The Memoirs of a Canadian Bride in Turkey
1.       kurtlovesgrunge
1435 posts
 20 Feb 2009 Fri 09:28 pm

In 1961 Hughette Bouffard, a native of small town Canada, became the gelin or bride of her long - time pen pal and friend Mehmet Eyubo├â┬░lu, son of two of Turkey´s most illustrious artists. Bedri Rahmi and Eren Eyubo├â┬░lu. It is in the midst of the Eyubo├â┬░lu family´s circle of artist, writer, and poet friends that Hughette first comes to know Turkey.

She shares with us those first glimpses into the foreign culture that she would later call her own and spares us neither the pains nor the pleasures of her acculturation process as she comes to create a niche for herself in her new environment, learning the fineties of intercultural negotiation step by step. Her views on the tumultuous decades of violent clashes between the left and the right as well as the military juntas that took place in Turkey are woven in with her experiences as a medical professional in Turkey, as an ex-patriot struggling for the rights of foreign spouses in Turkey, and as a mother and grandmother.

Full of scenes painful, joyful, downright comical, absurd and enlightening, this is the story of Hughette Bouffard Eyubo├â┬░lu´s cultural transformaiton...

2.       alameda
3499 posts
 21 Feb 2009 Sat 11:17 pm

 

Quoting kurtlovesgrunge

In 1961 Hughette Bouffard, a native of small town Canada, became the gelin or bride of her long - time pen pal and friend Mehmet Eyuboðlu,

Looks like a good book to read. I found it on Amazon.com, you can read a few pages.

3.       jools
162 posts
 23 May 2009 Sat 12:42 am

I have this book, as I was moving to Istanbul. I thought it might be helpful.

My review..she was lucky to have married into money here..the life she has led, is far above anything "normal" here.

4.       alameda
3499 posts
 25 May 2009 Mon 04:06 am

 

Quoting jools

I have this book, as I was moving to Istanbul. I thought it might be helpful.

My review..she was lucky to have married into money here..the life she has led, is far above anything "normal" here.

 

I didn´t end up getting it. Have you read Tales from the Expat Harem: Foreign Women in Modern Turkey?

It covers a wide variety of situations.  I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

5.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 26 May 2009 Tue 02:43 pm

 

Quoting jools

I have this book, as I was moving to Istanbul. I thought it might be helpful.

My review..she was lucky to have married into money here..the life she has led, is far above anything "normal" here.

 

 Yes, but like most who know that "nobless oblige", Hughette hasn´t taken that for granted, and she was extremely active in the 1980s winning rights for foreign spouses in Turkey.  Not rights for herself, but rights to benefit others.

6.       catwoman
8933 posts
 31 May 2009 Sun 10:59 pm

 

Quoting kurtlovesgrunge

In 1961 Hughette Bouffard, a native of small town Canada, became the gelin or bride of her long - time pen pal and friend Mehmet Eyubo├â┬░lu, son of two of Turkey´s most illustrious artists. Bedri Rahmi and Eren Eyubo├â┬░lu. It is in the midst of the Eyubo├â┬░lu family´s circle of artist, writer, and poet friends that Hughette first comes to know Turkey.

She shares with us those first glimpses into the foreign culture that she would later call her own and spares us neither the pains nor the pleasures of her acculturation process as she comes to create a niche for herself in her new environment, learning the fineties of intercultural negotiation step by step. Her views on the tumultuous decades of violent clashes between the left and the right as well as the military juntas that took place in Turkey are woven in with her experiences as a medical professional in Turkey, as an ex-patriot struggling for the rights of foreign spouses in Turkey, and as a mother and grandmother.

Full of scenes painful, joyful, downright comical, absurd and enlightening, this is the story of Hughette Bouffard Eyubo├â┬░lu´s cultural transformaiton...

 

I think you copied this from somewhere, please give the source!!

 

On a separate note, sounds like an interesting read..

7.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 02 Jun 2009 Tue 09:34 am

 

Quoting catwoman

 

 

I think you copied this from somewhere, please give the source!!

 

On a separate note, sounds like an interesting read..

 

 Looks like çitlembik´s website (they are the publisher of this and a lot of other good books in English on Turkey, and are known as Nettleberry in the States)

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