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In My Brother's Shadow by [Campbell, Peter D]
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About the Author

Peter Campbell is a translator and journalist. In My Brother’s Shadow brings together his observations and experiences from living in Russia, where he personally explored and experienced the sharp contrasts of life in Russia’s post Soviet reality with all its beauty, wealth, kindness, poverty and cruelty. Peter's interests include history, psychology, literature and language. He enjoys travelling and does his best to live parallel lives in New Zealand and Europe. The author is a keen fencer and sailor.

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  • File Size: 1970 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Herodotus Press (August 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MCY6RYU
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This is an absorbing story of a man who’s grown up in the shadow of his older brother; a strong, determined man who goes missing while working for the UN Peacekeepers. For the last 10 years our main character has tried to move on, and builds a normal life. We join him as this life has begun to chaff; he is taken by a desire to visit the area his brother went missing, for travel, for excitement, to do something different.

His journey takes him to Russia where more than just his boring routine is derailed. He encounters situations that he would never have been exposed to in his previous life, brings into question his whole way of thinking. Does a middle class morality work in this, very different, environment. I wonder how any of us would react, if put into that kind of situation.

The book feels really well researched, with a lot of detail.I particularly appreciated the time the character spent in the former Yugoslavia, getting a sense for what it is like, hearing stories from the war; it was one I knew little about.

A compelling story that’s easy to read, despite some of its more difficult subject matter; it explores what motivates some of the most dramatic human actions, and what we may all be capable of.
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This was a sensational and gripping story of a young man who grew up in the shadow of his older brother. This was a well written and highly detailed story that takes you on a journey with the main character to Serbia and Bosnia. He soon encounters some surprising situations that send him to yet another city where he reflects on the deeper meaning of things. This is an extraordinary book that is deeply moving and explores the many facets of human nature.
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Being of Yugoslavian decent on my mother's side, I found this book interesting with the history of the area of Bosnia and Srebrenica and ultimately, Russia and following the lives of two brothers caught up in the war - the older brother going as a "Peacekeeper" and the younger brother tracing his brother's steps to find some closure.
It's all about justification and what one can be forced to do in certain situations that are totally out of your control.
Very interesting read.
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Eminently readable novel set in Eastern Europe & Russia. A young man bases life decisions around an older brother who was killed in the Balkan conflicts of the 90s. This leads him to study language and go on a pilgrimage to learn more about his brothers demise and to try and find some sense or worth of the sacrifices in these seemingly insensible human acts of war. Tries to grapple with questions of morality and concludes things are very situationally driven and relative. Evokes the places well and litters with literature anecdotes and thoughts on culture. I would take issue with the views on literature vs television. Recent years have shown the real strength of literature/novel like structured series like Mad Men & The Wire which I would recommend to everyone as required texts. None the less, I enjoyed the narrative drive of this thriller as things aren't what they seem, and it ramps up to finish with a bang.
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Well written, which is always welcome in my kind of reading. A good, decent plot line that rolled along nicely, and hinged on a surprise twist in the tale. Would make a good film, perhaps. Written in the first person; I wonder what it would be like if conveyed in a third person voice!!
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I found this be a very profound and thought provoking novel. I normally read a novel cover to cover in a day or two but found myself laying it down and coming back to it due to the intensity. I chose it because of identifying with the hero worship of an older brother, but found it much darker than anticipated. I may end up re-reading it in the future.
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This book was a great read. There was a huge amount of detail to make you feel as if you knew these places, but it wasn't so detailed that it read like a history book. It was very interesting and the character development was excellent. I would recommend this to anyone.
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Disturbing and satisfying
This is a powerful and fascinating story which surprised and intrigued me with its original story-line, exploration of important themes and subtle understanding of human nature. Rather than being simply a story about a younger brother growing up in the shadow of his older brother, this book develops more as mystery in which the younger brother seeks the story of his elder brother's disappearance while serving as a peacekeeper. Reading the book, as you get to know the characters, you gain greater insights into conflict both on a personal level and within society, and you see how conflict starts with small acts leading to greater acts of retribution - in which both parties are victims and perpetrators.
I was very pleased to have read this book and found the unfolding of the mystery and the characters disturbing and satisfying. I recommend it to all thoughtful readers.
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