This is a remarkable and surprising book. It deals with the war in Bosnia from a personal and familial point of view. However, it does more than that. This story is a universal warning about the goodness and badness inherent in us all. Couldn't happen to me? Read how enjoyable Kenan's young life was before the war. Read how his friends, his neighbours and his teachers abused him and his family. It could happen to any of us, anywhere. Kenan's reaction and the powerfully calm dignity of his remarkable father and brother are a testament to how the human soul survives in the most horrendous of circumstances.
I am very glad that Kenan wrote this book - it is as powerful an indictment of the casual drift into war as you could find. I sincerely wish, however, that he had never been put in a position where he had to write this book.
Don't be fooled by the cover. This book looks hard work but it is incredibly easy to read and you can't put it down! It says a lot about human nature what would happen if neighbour should turn on you, literally overnight. Fantastic.
This is a fantastic book - if that is the right word to describe a book about something so awful. It is sad, funny, moving and upsetting all at the same time. Once I started reading it I really couldn't put it down. It is a must read for anyone interested in learning about the war in Bosnia and the long lasting effect it had on those that survived it. I would highly recommend it.