- File Size: 1698 KB
- Print Length: 629 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 31, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D50GP9C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Knezevic does a masterful job of weaving history in a compelling novel. At over 600 pages, Behind God's Back at no point slows down or loses direction. On the contrary, it's a page turner and a riveting story. The reader sees a strong woman who buckles but never breaks under the weight of deprivation and suffering. The love between Desa and her husband Danilo is completely believable. These are three dimensional characters that Knezevic knows well. One cannot blame them for at times feeling as though they are living Behind God's Back, that their suffering is not even on His radar.
Of course, it's not all gloom and despair. These are resilient characters. The reader will find love, hope, strength and laughter among these remarkable people. Behind God's Back will take the reader into a tough but moving world, and the reader will be better off for the journey. A great read. Buy it.
I plowed through over 600 pages of binary oppositions in this amazing piece of historical fiction; each page is pulled and pushed by heartache and love, defeat and triumph, sickness and recovery, war and peace, poverty and luxury, God and the devil, tradition and cultural barriers, and ultimately life and death.
I am a third generation Serbian-Croatian American woman who is an Orthodox Christian through and through. I have been in search of historical fiction that does justice to my traces of race that Kolo danced throughout the Balkans, the Ottoman Empire, and what was known as the “former Yugoslavia.” This beautiful, powerful piece of fiction traces a Serbian female doctor’s life from WWI, through WWII, through Communism. It is a very sad story, but it proves that with every shadow cast there is a light. It tugs at all emotional strings of the tambura as it allows us to breathe out the last exhale of the accordion.
The author, Miki Knezevic, shares how necessary it was to detach, cut , strip off, rip through, discard, and rethread so many seams of the protagonist’s era. She also proves how in sewing, mending, knitting, and weaving the Eastern European cultures that once were could join in a celebration of culture, memories, and God (even though some mistakenly thought Him blind).
I feel that my Serb friends, family, and dear Kumovi will be especially touched by the words in this book.
God bless all those who have lived through those times. God bless all those who repeat history in these times. A special prayer goes out to those in the Ukraine and Russian lands warring today.
Gospodi Pomilju! Lord have Mercy!
You should have your own copy of "Behind God's Back" because you're sure to want to read it more than once.