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on 21 April 2012
This book is a scattered-brained mess of a memoir. It talks about the author's experiences of war, and her subsequent life as a housewife/mother in seemingly random flashbacks, in no discernible order. She settles in Paris, then she is in Sarajejevo under siege, then her child is three, then she is pregnant... She must have had an editor but I can't imagine what he was thinking by having the book constructed in such a confusing fashion.
The parts about war are raw, intense, and very good. The parts about love, pregnancy, birth, life in Paris etc are frankly boring and not particularly different than the experiences of most women. I'm sure it all felt very exceptional to the author, but miscarriages, pregnancy, weak cervix, then breastfeeding etc are fairly common, garden variety experiences many of us go through and we really didn't need to know about hers. The way she glorifies Bruno is also quite perplexing - he doesn't sound like a great catch, from the beginning when he courts her while in a long term relationship with another woman, and must have been amazed at his luck when the author started worshipping him as if he were a minor deity.
If she wrote only about her experiences as a war reporter, this would have been a very good book. As it is, it is only a 3-star: "It was OK".