Customer Review

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The trouble with the Balkans, 15 Dec 2005
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!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments

Tracked by 1 customer

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-2 of 2 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 20 Dec 2012 19:32:20 GMT
REDLEB123 says:
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.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2013 07:59:39 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2013 08:01:48 BDT
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'.
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.4 out of 5 stars (20 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (12)
4 star:
 (6)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
12.99 9.09
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: , Wirral United Kingdom

Top Reviewer Ranking: 887,227