[PDF/EBOOK] My Parents ☆ Aleksandar Hemon

Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Aleksandar Hemon

characters My Parents ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Two books in one in a flip dosdos format The story of Aleksandar Hemon's parents' immigration from Sarajevo to Canada and a book of short memories of the author's family friends and childhood in SarajevoIn My Parents Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his parents' immigration to Canada of the lives that were upended by the war in Bosnia and siege of Sarajevo and the new lives his parents were forced to build As ever with his work he portrays both the perfect intimate details his mother's lonely upbringing his father's fanatical beekeeping and Hemon has penned a beautiful and bittersweet ode to his parents rife with humour and honest reflection This story of his parents lives and how they were upended by the war in Bosnia resonated with me for a number of reasons Namely living in Bosnia and seeing so many friends and loved ones whose lives have been marked by the war that broke up the former Yugoslavia Honestly there isn t a single person in my life in Bosnia that doesn t have a story of the war impacting the axis of their life in inalterable ways As Hemon writes It struck me and broke my heart how obvious and brutally simple the evil of war is war takes away lives and never gives them back It transforms people unless they re killers into something they never want to be it diminishes them even when it doesn t kill themHemon s parents were forced to leave their home and move to Canada with nothing to begin a new life at a time when they assumed they would be retiring and enjoying their days in Sarajevo and weekends in the mountains around the city Hemon focuses each chapter on a specific idea music food marriage etc tying them all back to identity and how his parents tried to hang on to theirs while forging ahead in the unknown As child of an immigrant who has gone on to emigrate to another country myself I couldn t help but laugh at times and feel on the verge of tears in others at Hemon s descriptions of the way is his parents clung to old ways in Canada no matter how crazy and laborious it all seemed to their children And never do you not feel Hemon s love and reverence for the people that brought him into and up in the world It s all so lovely really

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characters My Parents ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Nabashedly personal companion to My Parents a perfect dose of Hemon at his most dazzling and untempered in a series of beautifully distilled memories and observations and explosive hilarious poignant miniatures Presented dosdos with My Parents it complements and completes a major work from a major writerIn the words of Colum McCann Aleksandar Hemon is uite frankly the greatest writer of our generation Hemon has never been better than here in these pages And the moment has never been ready for his voice nor has the world ever been in need of it I was expecting so much from this book but it s dry and downright boring Why the author thinks anyone would be interested in his parents ordinary life is beyond me

Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Aleksandar Hemon

characters My Parents ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB A sweeping heartbreaking history of his native country It is a story full of many Hemons of course his parents sister uncles cousins and also of German occupying forces Yugoslav partisans royalist Serb collaborators singing Ukrainians and a few befuddled Canadians My Parents is Hemon at his very best grounded in stories lovingly polished by retelling but making them exhilarating and fresh in writing summoning unexpected laughs in the midst of the heartbreaking narratives This Does Not Belong to You meanwhile is the exhilarating freewheeling u It was a relief to finally finish this book I am a big fan of Hemon s writing his sentence structure and the power of his narrative but this book dragged It bordered on being self indulgent at times particularly the section about his parents but also his recollections of his boyhood Nothing new here really His parents seemed perfectly ordinary But why do I need to read about them What does Hemon give us as readers to make us want to know them Not much At some point towards the end of This Does Not Belong to you I realized I was reading disjointed snippets of boyhood memories and realized that my efforts to finish the book felt pointless I d read these kinds of reveries before in other books with of a compelling story line I did learn one factthat crystallized honey can be warmed up and consumed That organic honey crystallizes naturally and isn t a sign that its gone bad So there was that

  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • My Parents
  • Aleksandar Hemon
  • en
  • 07 January 2019
  • 9780374217433