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5.0 out of 5 stars
Giraffe, 29 Mar 2006
It is always little bit strange to read about your own country in other language. But for me Giraffe captured it all. Intimate feel of my country - the cozyness and the distance at a same time. Beautifully rich inner worlds of the characters. People of Czechoslovakia in the 70., who are meeting each other but not really interacting with them.
Emil is inteligent, sensitive young men facing difficult future and for that balancing right on the edge of morality. Amina is beautiful observer. Outsider by choice, not understood dreamer who values beauty above 'the colectiveness'... I could visualise, I could 'feel' the time when my parents were in their prime time, established at work, with a nice flat, with a baby but still captured, limited and restricted in their choices.
Giraffe will take you on a journey. While you reading it and long after, you will find yourself observing the world around with the sensitivity of the characters, discovering the spiritual richness aroung you.
It is absolutely magical and inspiring book.