Bridge Books (10+) • Novels
At Life’s Onset
A young adult’s novel by a master of literature!
Cemil Kavukçu, winner of prestigious awards such as Yaşar Nabi Nayır Story Award and Sait Faik Story Award, makes the reader feel his superior skill in story writing in this multi-layered novel. Bearing witness to a period where lessons were taught on the blackboard and neighborhoods were drenched with fire hoses, the story creates a literary narrative full of a child’s worries and dreams. Issues like education based on memorization, inhibited love affairs and children who work, are carried into the narrative along with a child being introduced to prohibitions when he starts high school. A novel full of surprises by Cemil Kavukçu, a master of letters.
There is no end to the joy of the children who graduated from elementary school; they would no longer wear black uniforms and stand on one leg behind the door until the bell. That’s why Hatice is beyond herself. Watching her, İsmet is doubtful, he is proud to be a high school student but the new school also meant stop reading Tom Mixs and not being able to go to the movies whenever he felt like. The teachers at his new school sent the students trembling with one look. He meets a group of students who are not frightened by such terrorization: The Warned Ones. İsmet, clueless about what to do about the love he feels for Hatice, suddenly finds himself in this gang. A bird released from a viewing window of the classroom door is going to be the reason for the questioning of all students.
Cemil KavukçuHe was born in İnegöl, Bursa in 1951. He graduated from Geophysical Engineering department of İstanbul University in 1976. His stories have been published in various literary magazines since 1980. Kavukçu was awarded the 1987 Yaşar Nabi Nayır Story Award for Patika (1987), the 1996 Sait Faik Story Award for Uzak Noktalara Doğru (1995) and the 2009 Sedat Simavi Literature Award for Angelacoma’nın Duvarları (2008). In addition to numerous stories and novels Kavukçu also wrote many children’s books and a […]
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