Chernobyl Strawberries A Memoir None

  • Title: Chernobyl Strawberries: A Memoir
  • Author: Vesna Goldsworthy
  • ISBN: 9781843544142
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Hardcover
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      Published :2018-09-10T19:47:26+00:00

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    1. I'm glad I didn't grow up during the Cold War. Anyone who did probably has at least some vague memory of Chernobyl, the 1986 disaster resulting in horrific damage all across Eastern Europe. Goldsworthy perfectly captures not only the horror, but also the weirdly haunting atmosphere, of pre-1990's Yugoslavia and her own struggle with cancer.

    2. For some reason I was expecting this to be a comedic retelling of life in Belgrade, maybe I read synopsis of the wrong book? Chernobyl Strawberries is the stream of consciousness vanity project that Vesna has embarked upon that perhaps we could have done without. Who is she? Should I know who she is? Typically this type of book would be saved for people who are quite well known and can get away with being a little loose with their narrative. When she's being witty and telling tales of her Monten [...]

    3. I chose this because I loved the title. The title actually only occurred as a passing reference within the book. However I enjoyed the rest of it a great deal.I had never heard of Vesna Goldsworthy. I had no reason to encounter her name before. But I'm glad I found her book and got to read a little about her life. I think perhaps the most enjoyable memoirs are those of people you've never heard of. As you know nothing about them, it's like meeting them for the first time. You find things you hav [...]

    4. This book was waiting for meI tried to buy it several times through , which was always a bit too complicated, so I decided to wait. Then I visited a great bookshop Charlie Byrnes in Galway and after getting already too many books, I turned my head on one of the shelves and the only piece of Goldsworthy's book was there! I didn't hesitate :)))I was reading Vesna's book Inventing Ruritania on Western's stereotypes about Easter Europe in fiction some years ago. This more academic volume made me int [...]

    5. Beautifully written memoir from a Serbian poet. Although the author writes of her struggle with cancer, her coverage of the war in the former Yugoslavia, and her emigration to England, the bulk of this book concerns the lives of her family members - and her own life as an adolescent and young adult. Aside from the language, I particularly enjoyed the non-linear narrative. It's personal preference, of course, but I tend to find that structuring a story on emotion - and stitching up time and space [...]

    6. A very interesting memoir about pre 1991 Belgrade and Yugoslavia. Goldsworthy was born and grew up in Communist Yugoslavia and moves to London in the late 80's to live with her husband. In the 1990's she was a Serbian translator and announcer on the BBC's world service as the Balkan war rages sharing office space with Croats and Bosnians. she writes the memoir in the early 2000's shortly after the birth of her son as she is diagnosed with breast cancer so her child may know her story if she does [...]

    7. Really enjoyed the story extremely touching and gives people the insight of Chernobyl and the war in yugosalvia hard to remember the country now as it once was I have promised this to my friend I enjoyed it as a good mixture of sadness and happiness . I never used to have an interest in other countries and their conflicts but this interested me gave the view of one not many which can be more touching sometimes I would deffo read more by her !!

    8. Autorka zaczęła pisać tę książkę, gdy jej syn miał 2 lata i okazało się, że choruje ona na raka. Książka jest zapisem przeżyć Goldsworthy od dzieciństwa i młodości w Jugosławii przez pracy w radiu BBC po małżeństwo z Anglikiem. Autorka opisuje swoją rodzinę, by jej syn nie został odcięty od swoich bałkańskich korzeni.

    9. interestingi was able to relate to her being a foreigner in london but she jumped time frame a bit. i am more a fan of chronological. it made it hard to get back into after i hadn't read for a week or so.

    10. This book is one long stream of consciousness. There are themed chapters but I get lost in streams of consciousness as for me there is no character development and no narrative structure that you can hold onto in your head.

    11. I don't normally appreciate memoirs, but I like this woman's prose. I find I have not one thing in common with this woman's voyage on this planet, and I find myself truly interested in her story.

    12. Not the book I was expecting from the title and not really my cup of tea but I did enjoy some of the writing

    13. I could't read completely this book but I heard it by someone who was read it and I LIKE it in my summer holiday I will read it

    14. I had such mixed feeling when I'd finished the book. Interesting info about Yugoslavia & the Balkans but I disliked her choppy style . To read more please go to thebooksmithblog.wordpress I found myself unable to decide how to rate the book, so I didn't. But this is not to say the book is a dud. It isn't.

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