Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge SamanciDare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Ozge Samanci

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

byOzge Samanci

Paperback | November 17, 2015

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Growing up on the Aegean Coast, Ozge loved the sea and imagined a life of adventure while her parents and society demanded predictability. Her dad expected Ozge, like her sister, to become an engineer. She tried to hear her own voice over his and the religious and militaristic tensions of Turkey and the conflicts between secularism and fundamentalism. Could she be a scuba diver like Jacques Cousteau? A stage actress? Would it be possible to please everyone including herself?
In her unpredictable and funny graphic memoir, Ozge recounts her story using inventive collages, weaving together images of the sea, politics, science, and friendship.

Ozge Samanci is an artist and an assistant professor. She was born in Izmir, Turkey, and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Title:Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in TurkeyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.07 × 7.11 × 0.7 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374316988

ISBN - 13:9780374316983


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Universal Search for Who We Are This is a comic memoir of someone growing up in Eastern Europe around the end of the Cold War. In this book, Ozge grows up, from age 6 until she is done college. She studies and works hard to try and please her parents and eventually figures out who she wants to be. I learned a lot about what it was like in that part of the world at that time. We don't always realize how great we have things. I did feel that the story ended a little abruptly.
Date published: 2017-08-12

Editorial Reviews

"A bright, perceptive bildungsroman with a distinctive setting." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"As she recounts her event-filled, danger-filled childhood, Samanci manages to convey centuries of Turkey's history as well as the political and cultural upheavals that have marked recent decades there . . . But for all its seriousness, the book never seems heavy . . . among [Samanci's] talents is knowing how to make even a harsh story take flight." - The New York Times Book Review"A compelling graphic novel . . . at once emotionally fragile and strong, poignant and wry, heartfelt and ultimately optimistic." - Los Angeles Review of Books"[Samanci is] a gifted cartoonist with an innate sense of pacing and a seemingly inexhaustible well of ideas for presenting information--the book bursts with maps, diagrams, pasted-in leaves, doodles, and ink stamps. It's remarkably energetic on the page, and combined with Samanci's appealing, reflective voice, offers a perfectly satisfying memoir reading experience: not just the story of someone's life, but the chance to see the world through someone else's eyes." - The Slate Book Review