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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo: Revised Edition Kindle Edition
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Almost overnight Sarajevo is engulfed in a terrible war and Zlata is left bewildered, angry, and afraid as her childhood is destroyed by constant bombardments and shortages of the most basic necessities. Her short but simple description of 'the nicest present I ever got' - a tomato - and the simplistic child's language with which she speaks of her crumbling world are incredibly powerful.
However, while Zlata is an amazingly courageous little girl and undoubtedly very articulate, she is no Anne Frank. Throughout the diary, the reader gets the impression that Zlata is even trying to 'compete' with Anne, and her memories of Sarajevo - while a testimony to a generation's loss and the collective voice of thousands of children just like her - are not as well-written or as vivacious as Anne's. The merits of Zlata's diary lie within the raw emotion and puzzlement that throbs through each line, not in pure literary talent.
A valuable read for children who need to understand that privileges can vanish unexpectedly, and for adults who - like Zlata - quietly believe that there is really no need "to put a 'C' on Croats, an 'S' on Serbs, and an 'M' on Muslims".
This is an excellent account of how the Bosnian people suffered at the hands of the Serbs. This is a book that everyone should read especially with the war only being 20 years ago
She was eleven years old herself, the same age as Zlata, when Zlata's Diary was originally published and it was an excellent way to introduce to her the effects of war on children.
At the beginning of 1992 Zlata Filipovic was living in Sarajevo, the normal everyday life of a young girl, school, holidays and time with friends were uppermost in her thoughts. She did mention the war in her diary but at first it was just a distant threat. Until suddenly that April war broke out in Sarajevo and her main concern became survival! It was dangerous living in the city as snipers were active there. Inevitably the war meant hardships for her family and they had to adapt to living without the things we all take for granted especially food and not being able to move around outside safely! There was always the constant fear of death in the air never knowing if family and friends would survive the atrocities.Read more ›
They loved Zlata's diary reading I did and many wanted to have it as homework assignement.
A total success!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book. A really good insight into the Siege of Sarajevo from a child's perspective.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, very readable. A young girl's account of what it was like being in Sarajevo during the war in 1992-93. Well worth reading for readers of any age.Published 22 months ago by Jon Spector
I think it's a really intresting,personal story. Its also quite sad and emotional and Zlata has a lot of intresting quotes.I really like this diary. Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2013 by Vladimir Piterbarg
Didn't appeal to me - large font and small book with no real descriptive language etc. Would not recommend, however, it depends on what sort of book you are looking for. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Books2read
I would not like to say that the war in Bosnia has been forgotten. This diary will remind us of it, showing Zlata's courage in the hardest of circumstances. Read morePublished on 11 July 2012 by monica godo