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Girl at War

por Sara Nović

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When her happy life in 1991 Croatia is shattered by civil war, ten-year-old Ana Juric is embroiled in a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers before making a daring escape to America, where years later she struggles to hide her past.
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    The Cellist of Sarajevo por Steven Galloway (Iudita)
    Iudita: Another incredible book about the civil war in Yugoslavia.
  2. 10
    The Book Thief por Markus Zusak (4leschats)
    4leschats: Similar themes of children surviving the horrors of war.
  3. 10
    Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo por Zlata Filipović (dara85)
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This is a novel that reads like a war memoir. The author is talented. It's a psychologically heavy read. It was recommended to me a few times but I was hesitant because of how the chapters were described. The flipping back and forth between timelines, I mean. It was more straightforward than I anticipated, but I was still flipping pages trying to figure out what was going on at points. I knew nothing about the real-life events the author was describing. I felt like this book taught me more about it, and I felt weird about that. I don't know how to articulate it. I don't know anyone affected, I mean. Reading this made me understand instantly "this is a huge issue that still hurts a lot of people to this day from those regions and in America." I skimmed through the acknowledgments at the end when I was done with the book. This book feels so real, not like a novel at all. The people the author thanks are probably why. I hope to recommend this to others. ( )
  iszevthere | Aug 25, 2023 |
This title caught my eye in a recent browse through the stacks at my library. It is described by Robert D. Kaplan, (who I feel should know better, despite his own shortcomings) as "Intimate, crushingly brutal, and beautiful". It's none of those things. It promises "an unforgettable portrait of how war forever changes the life of the individual". The author has a talent for language, but I don't believe she has any understanding of how war changes people, or she could not have written this lightweight treatment of its effect on a 10-year-old Croatian girl who survived a mass execution by following her father's last second instruction to fall into the pit with him and play dead. Nović told a story that should have torn the heart out of a marble statue, in easy to read prose that skips right along, and never touched my own beating pump organ. I could pick it apart in more detail, but there really isn't any point. I should have read a couple of the reviews on site and given it a pass. ( )
1 vote laytonwoman3rd | Feb 12, 2023 |
Many reviews mention the detached voice, the lack of depth of characterisation, and the telling of a story with an absence of emotion. It's an okay read. But it would have been so much better if the reader had been involved with the story. This is an appalling period of history that everyone on the planet should be ashamed of. The failure of this book to involve the reader is the saddest part of its telling.

On a personal note, I found the text deeply American in tone. As a European reading a European story this felt weird. From the outset, the central character was an American and not Croatian. That the character soon ended up in the USA came as no surprise and weakened further the book's opening.

I'm fairly sure the author has a story to tell here, and I think she was let down by her publishing team. Given a voice, this book could have been so much more. ( )
2 vote ortgard | Sep 22, 2022 |
Helped me understand a bit of the idiosyncrasies of a country I loved visiting. ( )
  iarenzana | Jul 27, 2022 |
Full Disclosure: This month I read 2 other books covering the same subject-Young girls caught up in the horrendous circumstance of War-In my opinion this one does not measure up. Thus the 2 stars, which I rarely give as I hardly ever finish one that is heading there.

The story begins in 1991 in Croatia with ten year old Ana as our Protagonist. Ana's childhood is soon overcome by civil war and she is witness to unfathomable war crimes. The first 1/3 of the book travels with Ana through the beginning of the war then abruptly shifts to 2001 where Ana is a college student in New York. This is the point where the story went bad for me. I was bound to it for a challenge or else it wold have gone into the DNF pile.

I am in the minority on GR's on this book, others may have enjoyed the extreme shift in writing style (the first 1/3-absorbing as you see the war through Ana's eyes-the last 2/3 YA fluff with an ending that could not possibly satisfy anyone).
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  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
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Throughout, “Girl at War” performs the miracle of making the stories of broken lives in a distant country feel as large and universal as myth. It is a brutal novel, but a beautiful one.
 
Nović excels at distilling visual poetry from action scenes, and there is one section in the middle that steals the show, when the shellshocked young Ana drifts into a twilight community and becomes an accidental combatant. “Suspended between living and dead”, Ana has become mute, except for the mantra: “Forward grip, gas chamber, cleaning rod, bolt, frame, magazine, function check.” Nović has breathed fire and ice into these pages. Immersing herself in the darkest materials, she has given us the real stuff dystopian fantasies are made of.
 

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I had come to Yugoslavia to see what history meant in flesh and blood. I learned now that it might follow, because an empire passed, that a world full of strong men and women and rich food and heady wine might nevertheless seem like a shadow-show: that a man of every excellence might sit by a fire warming his hands in the vain hope of casting out a chill that lived not in the flesh.
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I see pictures merging before my mind's eye—paths through the fields, river meadows, and mountain pastures mingling with images of destruction—and oddly enough, it is the latter, not the now entirely unreal idylls of my early childhood, that make me feel rather as if I were coming home.
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The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes.
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