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A Different Lifetime: stepping back in time in the former Yugoslavia [Kindle Edition]

Martin Radford
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This is an account of the four months I spent working in the former Yugoslavia, a journey I made in both in distance and time. I found myself living a lifestyle that had existed in the west forty years earlier. I was living in a friendly crime free society where people were amazed to discover that I found it necessary to even consider locking my door. But despite this, getting paid always posed a problem, and led to some strange confrontations with my boss, who at all other times when money was not the issue was always my friend. So here then are my memories of the local culture, my friends, my work, and my attempts to explore the local and neighbouring areas.

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  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477588698
  • Publisher: Martin Radford (June 7, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008A7K1UE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating experiences September 16, 2012
What a fascinating read into the experiences of living in bygone times and how interesting to compare these to how we live now. Once I had started I found that I couldn't stop and found myself re-reading the book quicker than any book read before. I believe this is a great start from this author and more great books are to come, I can't wait and recommend for all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading April 10, 2013
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This is an interesting memoir of a British man's brief and somewhat lonely tenure as an English language teacher in a small, tight-knit community in Eastern Europe. The austerity of the inhabitants' and his own lifestyle is palpable, a legacy of former Communist rule. The author coped well in overcoming the language barrier, making a few friends and thoroughly exploring the surrounding area. I felt he accepted certain difficulties and dodgy dealings in an unnaturally passive way; however, the book is very well written and should be of interest to any travel buff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changing life in a former socialist country March 18, 2014
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The author was a mature student just completing a University degree when he accepted a short-term job teaching English in Vojvodina, an autonomous province in what was formerly Yugoslavia. He expected the area to be undeveloped, but wasn't really prepared for what he found. The lingering effects of decades of socialism color every aspect of society and create difficulties for those trying to develop a modern economy. On the other hand, this is a place with its own centuries-old traditions and culture and these must be respected and taken into account as changes are made.

This intelligent, thoughtful man's observations about his hosts and their strengths and weaknesses are fascinating and memorable. Some things are specific to the region and to other former socialist countries. Others (such as the too-cool-for-school teens and the serious older students) sound like Anytown,U.S.A. I hope this man keeps writing.
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