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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo: Revised Edition by [Filipovic, Zlata]
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The only bright thing to come from [Sarajevo?s] recent history. ("USA Today") Conveys the bewilderment and horror of modern-day conflict... One of Zlata's gifts lies in throwing a human light on intolerable events. ("San Francisco Chronicle")

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The only bright thing to come from [Sarajevo?s] recent history. ("USA Today") Conveys the bewilderment and horror of modern-day conflict... One of Zlata's gifts lies in throwing a human light on intolerable events. ("San Francisco Chronicle")

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (28 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RHOJUC
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #476,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Zlata Filipovic has pinned the horrific reality of war down on paper in the way that only a child puzzled by politics ("Stupid politics!!") can. At first her days are filled with MTV, sleepover parties, studying for school tests, skiing, piano recitals, and weekends at the family's country house - interspersed with Zlata's favourite meal, pizza from Four Seasons.
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".
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When I first Read this book afew years ago I was astonished. How could shuch a small child write something of such quality. At times I was reduced to tears. It doesnt take much for me to cry but the thought that it was real and not just in my imagination sent a shiver down my spine. Zlata couldnt go to school or even out of her house from fear of death. She befriende a stray kitten feeling pitty for it. It was infact her who should have been scooped up and taken care of in that cruel war. Even when she hears of her friends death she keeps up with her diary and with life. This young girls courge and strength in time of hardship should be a witness to all. How this heartfelt record of events is so unknown is a huge mistery to me. The name Zlata Filipovic should be shouted from the rooftops.
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A very thought provoking book - diary. Having been to a Sarajevo I can see in my minds eye what Zlata is writing about.
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
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A sad and true factual story that brings tears. However, I thought I would've enjoyed this more than I did but didn't find it as gripping as similar books. Still a good read and interesting to hear about places that I've recently visited on holiday in Croatia.
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Reviewing an Audiobook here is a recent departure for me, as this is just the second time I have done so. I recently discovered a collection of approximately twenty audio books that we have moved from house to house for years. It is time that most of them were moved on as tapes are rather out dated, although I might keep the classics. My first audio book review was back in April and I was planning to review about one a month. So much for good intentions, somehow the plan never materialised until the other day when I came across this copy that I had originally purchased for our younger daughter in 1995. Never a great fan of reading, unless we read to her, we did manage to get her into the habit of listening to tapes. Thankfully it worked and although she might not have read them herself, she has a reasonable knowledge of many children's classics either from us reading to her, or listening to tapes.
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.
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i first read this book when i was 10, and it nearly made me cry, thinking that someone my age was going through this. What made it worse for me is that i have the same name as one of the characters. This book is a must for anyone, any age. Zlata's Diary has to be the most tear-jerking and moving story ever told. Definatly a modern day Anne Franks Diary
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We watched Freedom Writers movie in class and, attached to it, we found some recommended reading for our kids.
They loved Zlata's diary reading I did and many wanted to have it as homework assignement.
A total success!
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