However, everything is turned upside-down when, one evening, the boy observes a beautiful red-haired woman twice his age and daydreams about her to get through the difficult days of work. She is an actress in a traveling theater production and he becomes overwhelmed with a desire to see her in the play and meet her. Then there is an accident and we don’t know what happens to Mahmut. The boy leaves town and we are not sure who the red-haired woman really is. The character’s connections to one another and the mysteries make this novel a fantastic page turner.
Through stories told to the boy by Master Mahmut, ideas about fathers and sons are explored with references to Oedipus Rex, where a son kills his father and has children with his mother, and Rostam and Sohrab, where the father kills his son. I had to do some googling to fully understand the references, but I like to learn something when I read and this story was captivating. And who doesn’t like to learn a little extra by turning to the internet for help?
Love, loss and relationships are touched upon in The Red-Haired Woman, giving the reader a lot to think about, and so well-written with a few shockers and surprises. I loved how myths and real life paralleled each other and I highly recommend this book!
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