Wild, which is shown as one of the most successful novels of Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu, meets the reader for the first time in 1932. In the novel, the period from the First World War to the end of the Sakarya Pitched Battle is chosen as the time interval.
By addressing the situation of the villages and villagers in that period, Wild allows to look at the liberation struggle from a different perspective. Along with this, the author successfully adds the intellectual-peasant conflict to the fiction with the characters he created with different status.
The Years of the War of Independence from the Eyes of Anatolia
The events in Wild begin when Ahmet Celal, who is a war veteran, cannot return to Istanbul, so he settles in a village on the banks of the Porsuk Stream. Ahmet Celal appears before the reader as a character reflecting the intellectuals of the period in the novel. The protagonist loses his arm in the First World War, where he participated as a reserve officer. Although he wants to return to Istanbul after the war, he cannot return to the city occupied by the British. He comes to the village on the banks of Porsuk Stream upon the invitation of Emir Mehmet Ali.
After this, the author highlights the intellectual-peasant conflict. Of course, it is not easy for Ahmet Celal, who is different from everyone in the village from his attire to his style, to make himself accepted. However, it is not possible for him to explain his ideas about the liberation struggle to the villagers, who see the world from a completely different perspective. Among all these, love falls in Ahmet Celal's heart.
Yakup Kadri once again reveals the difficulties of the conditions during the years of the national struggle with his work named Wild. The book clearly emphasizes the difficulty of coping with the problems caused by lack of education and ignorance, as well as the limited opportunities in the villages during the said period. In addition, a two-way perspective on events and situations is presented with an enlightened character placed in an uneducated community.