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The trouble with the Balkans,
This review is from: Bridge Over The Drina (Paperback)
This literary masterpiece is mandatory reading in Bosnian schools. Readers who wish to enjoy the literary prose should feel free to take pleasure in the spectacular writing style without concerning themselves of the politics of the turbulent Balkans.
Those who wish to have a snap shot understanding of the history of the Balkans will find it in the small village near the river Drina.
The book has been criticised for its terminology especially the use of the word Turks. It should be remembered that this was perhaps reflective of the view of the Serb at the time. Without the venom the history and understanding will be lost. The book reflects the view of a population invaded and dominated by a foreign country. There is a message of hope in the book but, more importantly an understanding of how the ambitions of a few can affect the daily life of the many. On completing the book the reader will have an impressive understanding of how discrimination can lead to 700 years of hated whilst still feeling a member of this ancient village. The book is an enjoyable tale of when life was cruel, simple and unpredictable. Enjoy it or analyse it the choice is yours!
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Initial post: 20 Dec 2012 19:32:20 GMT
Shaun Bradbury does not know anything about the Balkans. The term 'Turk' is derogatory. It was the dehumanising word used by Serbs about Muslims when they were happily killing Muslims across Bosnia. Please read other books not written by Serbs.
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Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2013 08:01:48 BDT
Shaun Bradbury says:
I spent long enough there dealing with the wars aftermath to fully understand the term. You are taking it out of the context of the book and ignoring the circumstances taking place at the time of the books story. If you read my comments again I suggest the book offers the opportunity to understand how such a war could happen, supported by many historical monuments of a dubious nature the book provided. an insight to the human mind. You will also note my comments about the ambitions of the few impacting on the many. At the end of the day it is my opinion and I stand by my final line 'enjoy it or analyse it the choice is yours'.
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