62% done with The Dervish House

McDonald has done a nice job of exploring what it’s like for a minority people – in this case the Greeks (and to a lesser degree the Kurds and the Armenians) – to remain in a city that has tried everything to get them to leave. They’ve been whittled down to the smallest population and they know it will never recover, but there is still that pride, a sense of place, purpose, longing, and the lingering sadness.