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Yet Tuma really comes into her own when she starts into present day story that stretches over the second half and - apart from the leading characters of grandma and her granddaughter to whom the historic tales were being told in order to entertain during her fight with leukemia - a rich ensemble of new characters enter the picture. At first it is a little too much take in, but soon it becomes clear that Tuma has planned the plot really cleverly, and keeps surprising the reader in every chapter.
Intimate stories are skillfully interwoven with the historic background, and it does not shy from horrors of the wars in Yugoslavia during the 1990's. Tuma portrays several generations and thus manages to convey a really thorough account of the dramatic events that tore apart Yugoslavia and caused immense suffering to millions. She follows these events all through to the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague, where she examines the conscience of one of the notorious wartime leaders.
The best, though, is the fact that the end is not the end, as Tuma announces that the Dalmatian stories were only part one of a trilogy in which several of the characters will reappear. I really look forward to it!
Some may be put off by the slightly off translation. Instead I was charmed. Many of the book's characters are multi-lingual so continually making slight adjustments for the non-colloquial English translation added depth to my understanding of the interactions. The book is well organized and structured. My attention never flagged. I hope you enjoy it.
The story is a page-turner, human, alive. Full of turns and surprises. And with an optimistic ending.
It is great and deserves to be widely read.
I enjoyed the poetic descriptions and the author’s ablity to make the last Balkan war understandable, all the while telling a story. She explains its roots and origines, the views of the various contenders and points to a way of getting over its legacy.
Ostensibly this is a tale about a survivor of the horrors of the Balkan War who although now comfortably and securely situated is beset with fears for her beloved leukemia stricken granddaughter.
Basically however, this story is well-researched Balkan history in a two part presentation, both intriguingly enfolded in engaging fiction. Part One provides historical detail beginning with a vignette in the 6th Century B.C., followed by another in the Roman era under the aegis of Dalmatian-born Emperor Diocletian, then Dubrovnik and the powerful 14th Century Ragusa Republic's Adriatic challenge to Venetian dominance, Islam's inroads brought by the Ottoman Empire in the 15th Century, and finally another of the World War II era. And in each of these periods the individual vignette is crafted to move the historical features along at an interesting, readable pace. The second half of the book is centered on results of chaotic 1900's Yugoslavia and introduces the reader to a sizeable number of new characters, in addition to the grandmother and the ailing Paula and follows them to the conclusion of the book.
Summary: First and foremost, the author has provided a Balkan history little known to most readers and has intriguingly enveloped it in appealingly designed fiction that has resulted in a truly marvelous book. Sections of historical fact and a slower pace of activity in some areas admittedly may be less palatable for some in today's decreased attention span population but if so, they should not be reading historical fiction. The discerning reader with an enquiring mind will find this to be an engrossing read.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It included so much history but was a great story too. I would recommend it to anyone.Published 16 months ago by Barbara Kauffman
Excellent writing; great story; kept me captivated throughoutPublished 17 months ago by cats best friend
I enjoyed this book up to a point, but several times I almost stopped reading it because it was very disjointed, looking back on previous centuries but not really tying things... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Ruthie
Historical fiction about ancient through modern day Eastern Europe, this complex narrative brings characters and events together in a cautionary tale. Read morePublished on April 16, 2014 by google
This is an excellently written novel, can't wait for the next books to be published. Ms Tuma, please hurry! :)Published on February 26, 2014 by Tomas
Although the book takes you far back into the historical Dalmatia (6th century BC), through the tales told by one of the leading characters in the book, it feels like the whole... Read morePublished on February 22, 2014 by Hubert
Very well written novel, which keaps surprising the reader in every chapter. Interesting link historical events through the fate of women. Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by katarina