The storyline alternates between 10 year old Ana and 20 year old Ana as she navigates life in America as a college student. Ten years later Ana is a college student in New York. This book gave me a window into a war I embarrassingly knew little about, and still find somewhat confusing. But I could not stand the voices of other characters that she did. How difficult it must be to grieve for everything and everyone you've ever known in a country where no-one was there, or can understand. They'd heard about Bosnia; the Olympics had been there in '84. But you know what they say - there's always room for improvement.
The novel fast-forwards to her college years in America, where the tragedies of her youth still haunt her budding adulthood. When I got older my mother told me of one instance where, as she was driving home from work, a rocket landed just a few meters away from her car. It was too hurried, too bland, too mass-produced to be memorable for me. However, I'm impressed enough to see what else this author will write. Europe has always been plagued by war.
Em 1991 as notícias do início de um conflito armado — na Jugoslávia - em plena Europa deixaram-me perplexo e horrorizado, quer pela sua génese quer pela sua violência. All the more ironic, then, that war will soon divide them. Caught in that void between childhood and puberty, skin still smooth but limbs gawky from growth spurts. Her family decides to send baby Rahela to America for help through MediMission This one has been on my to read list for such a long time, and then BookRiot recommended it in anticipation for my trip to the Balkans, perfect excuse to finally read this one. Sara Nović fearlessly shows the impact of war on one young girl—and its legacy on all of us.
You can donate to Help Refugees. I didn't understand or know very much about this traumatic history of the Balkans and what these countries went through to survive. It worked well for her until the towers came down in September. As Ana ages, the style and narration become more distant, removed, and wooden. Any foreign correspondent will pick factual holes but the reader needs to believe.
But Ana is less a person than a piece of anti-war propaganda, and we never get to know her well enough to sympathize. The diverse city reorganized on ethnic lines that cut through friendships and families and freighted every gesture with factional affiliation. The story reads as if it is a true story that the author is telling. The writing was passionate and strong and I look forward to reading more by this author. Things become more serious for Ana's family when her baby sister, Rahela, develops a mysterious illness and must be taken across the border into Slovenia to receive treatment. The present definitely showed me the cause and effect of what happened to her.
Many years ago me and a friend hitchhiked through the whole of Yugoslavia, from Ljubljana all the way down the coast though Split and Dubrovnik — what a beautiful road it was, with the grand mountains on the left and the sudden chasmic drop on the right down to the fishing villages at the edge of the Adriatic, and the islands out in the sea. Sara Nović has written an unflinching look at life during war and the endless ripples it leaves in its wake. This one has been on my to read list for such a long time, and then BookRiot recommended it in anticipation for my trip to the Balkans, perfect excuse to finally read this one. I knew it was ignorance, not insight that prompted these questions. It shows us that regardless of what country you're in, war can take everything from you, your home, your family, and even parts of your soul. In reality the language — or linguistic modality — in which I am most fluent is written English. Here are some unoriginal things I could say about Girl at War: - Ana is a fairly likeable and interesting character, but the narrative never gets into her head enough for her story to be truly emotive, despite the all the hardships she faces.
Girl at War tells the story of Ana Jurić a ten-year-old girl whose life and nation are upended by civil war. What war meant in America was so incongruous with what happened in Croatia-what must be happening in Afghanistan-that it almost seemed a misuse of the word. This one felt abrupt and ultimately unsatisfying to me. Strangely, I still can't quite shake the sense of it being a relatively new addition to my internet life: it was, for me, pre-Twitter and Instagram, but post-LiveJournal and my large back catalogue of personal websites. Novic has lived in America and Croatia and writes with authority about both. And yet there is a disconcerting entanglement between speech and the practice of being a writer. Girl at War is a superb exploration of conflict and its aftermath.
Things are much better than they used to be. In one of several head-scratchers, neither she nor her trained foster parents ever think of this, despite her extensive trauma symptoms. Sara Novic fearlessly shows the impact of war on one young girl - and its legacy on all of us. In 1991, I was ten-years-old as well and traveled to Europe to visit family. The author, interestingly, is deaf.
Yet she has no difficulty in immediately teaming up with her old pal Luka with whom she has had no contact. The novel begins in the early 1990's in Zagreb, Croatia, at the beginning of the Balkan war s. Daily life is altered by food rations and air raid drills, and soccer matches are replaced by sniper fire. The war, genocide and the huge amounts of people killed were abominable as is all genocide. Growing up I filled notebooks with the things I was afraid to say aloud. It was a favorite joke of his and he laughed the whole way, but I was still thinking about Petrovi?. قاتل الله الحروب، والعقول المُبهمة التي تسعى إلى اللاشئ.
I couldn't read this novel fast enough. This is 's first novel and she is clearly a promising young writer. Narrator Ana is ten years old when war breaks out in Yugoslavia. Through Ana we see history not as textbook abstraction or as intrigue in the halls of power but as a fact seared onto the hearts of real people. Through Ana's first-person narration, we see the state of affairs getting desperate. . She massaged and molded the truth about her past life in Croatia so she could fit into her new American life.