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Great historical fiction about the war in Bosnia
Reviewed in the United States on September 16, 2016
I was pushed off from reading this book because I read many negative reviews about it lacking substance. However, I'm so glad I gave it a shot because I liked it so much that I read it in a day, I just couldn't put it down.
This book tells the story of the war in Croatia and Bosnia from the standpoint of a muslim news reporter in Bosnia. There's a lot of history in this book, but it is explained in such a way that you can understand the development of this very complicated war, and since its more like reporters talking about it, you get to feel like you are in the newsroom.
Many of the negative reviews that I had read explained that the characters were flat and that they felt that something was missing in this book, but to be honest I actually enjoyed the way Kulin portrayed the characters because it enables the reader to put himself in the shoes of the characters. Do you really need someone to explain to you how would you feel in the middle of war when there is no food and people are massacred, or would you rather stop and think how would you feel in this situation? For me, this style of writing made the story more real - it enabled me to transport myself to this horrific period.