The Oracle of Stamboul

By Michael David Lukas
(Headline Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780755377701)

Publication Date: February 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Reading Group
“This majestic debut follows Eleanora Cohen, an eight-year-old prodigy who, through a strange turn of events, leaves her life in Constanta and becomes an adviser to the Sultan. Lukas deftly evokes the sights, smells, sounds, and textures of 19th century Stamboul. The reader sees the world through the eyes of a small, precocious child as she negotiates with the larger forces of history. This is a stunning and thoroughly engaging read that will reach beyond the typical genre of historical fiction.”
-- Rachel Marcus, Pegasus Downtown, Berkeley, CA
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2011 Indie Next List
“A baby is born with the signs of a sea of horses, a conference of birds and the North Star in alignment with the moon. These signs fulfill an ancient prophecy that a young girl will put the world right again, on its axis. Eleanor Cohen, an eight-year-old child prodigy, learns of her fate just as the Sultan of Stamboul has requests her presence. He is so impressed by her that he asks for advice in matters of state. This is a tale of mystery and political intrigue set in the exotic locale of 1885 Istanbul, but it has definite significance for our own time and place.”
-- Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI



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  1. A prophecy foretold the birth of a girl like Eleonora Cohen. Do you believe in mystical propositions such as prophecies? Do you think the events surrounding her birth were truly foretold or just coincidence? Why do we in the West dismiss the idea of prophets and prophecies? Have we lost something in doing so?

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