Monday, September 22, 2014

The Bosnia List: A Memoir Of War, Exile, And Return

Kenan was a young boy living in Brcko. He loved karate and had a good life. When he was eleven everything changed. In 1992 when war began Kenan and his family found themselves alone as friends and neighbors turned against them. The reason? Simply because they were Muslim. His karate coach showed up to his house with a gun demanding his family leave. This is a memoir of Kenan's escape from the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. It is also about his return many years later to his homeland, and his list of places to visit and people to confront while he is there.

I received a free copy of this book from Penguin Books as part of a promotional event for the book*. I was very interested in reading this book, because I know very little about what happened in Bosnia. It was the first book I have read about what happened there. It was very enlightening to read Kenan's account about what happened to him, his family, and their friends.

It is a very emotional memoir. You will read about horrific events, the author's struggles during the war and after, and the difficulty he had confronting the past. Reading this was brings up a lot of thoughts and emotions as you learn what Kenan went through and how he tries to find a way to make peace with what has happened to him. It has a lot of details about the events in Bosnia while making them very personal.

If you are interested in what happened in Bosnia I recommend reading this book.

*Receiving a free copy of this book does not change my review. It simply provides me with a copy of a book I would not have read as soon, or heard about otherwise.

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