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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This very detailed contemporary account of the Balkan wars of the 1990's desperately needs a rewrite and a good editor. Thompson gets inside the politics and opinions of the various tribes that made up the former Yugoslavia, and writes with considerable honesty and detail. The problem is that the material is so dense, and so dated, that it takes a mammoth effort to persist with it. If you already know the tortured history of this area of the world there is nothing new here, and if you are seeking to understand it for the first time - well I can only recommend a simpler text. As it stands it is an excellent account of the on-the-ground experience of people living in the former Yugoslavia, but the writer is embedded so deep in the material that it is hard to keep sight of any story or theme, or anything that would lead the reader along. Which is the point that the writer makes about the entire region and its history - very few have the patience to try and understand it, and fewer still succeed. This would work extraordinarily well if the writer could be persuaded to revisit the place and the people and view it (and them and their experiences) from the perspective of both then and now. If there's any lesson here it is that this is a place where the past and the present co-exist and no story about one is complete without reference to the other. An invaluable resource for perspectives from that time, but I'd only recommend this book to folk who are delving deep into the story.
Review: A Paper House: The Ending of YugoslaviaUser Review - Goodreads
This book made me want to read more books about Yugoslavia...which I haven't done yet. However, when I hear news about Bosnia or Montenegro, I no longer feel like an idiot. Tito...well, I can't really go into Tito. Read it.
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