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Pran of Albania

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Pran is a daughter of the sturdy mountain tribes of Albania - old enough to be betrothed in accordance with the ancient tribal traditions. This is the story of Pran and her life in the mountains and the refugee barracks at Skodra; of her friend, the laughing blue-eyed Nush and his secret; of her adventures in war times and peace, of her betrothal and the strange vow she ...more
Hardcover, 257 pages
Published June 1929 by Doubleday, Doran & Company
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Reader Who Enjoys Historical Fiction or Is Looking for Good Stories Set in Albania
One of six titles to be chosen as a Newbery Honor Book in 1930 - along with A Daughter of the Seine , The Tangled-Coated Horse and Other Tales , The Jumping-Off Place , Vaino: A Boy of New Finland , and Little Blacknose: The Story of a Pioneer - this work of historical fiction is engrossing, entertaining, and emotionally satisfying. It is also, to the best of my knowledge, completely unique. I know of no other children's book about Albania, save the author's own Children of the Mountain ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I seek...I always seek. Some day I will find out what it is I am seeking."

―Pran, Pran of Albania, p. 212

Older books don't always transition well down through the decades. Their text remains the same as ever, but newer storytelling styles emerge (and with them, new common tastes in what is good and what is not), sensitivities to particular words, phrases and attitudes shift and change, and the inevitable advent of new technology deeply alters the way that we view the world around us and how
Thomas Bell
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: newbery-honors
I thought this was a really good book. It is all about bravery. Pran has to be brave in a lot of different ways throughout the book, but she always is. Funny thing how it always turns out for the best, but that's the way these old books are. :) Even other notions of bravery and honor are challenged by Pran.

The book is also exciting, as the Southern Slavs (think Serbia) are invading the northern Albanian lands, like Kosovo, in the early 1900s. Who's going to stop them? I know! A teenage girl. :)
Bob Newman
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
love and war in 1920s Albania

Elizabeth Cleveland Miller wrote "Children of the Mountain Eagle" for readers aged 8 to 12 years, but this one is for teenage readers. Though it is far from being in the modern idiom--she even uses Shakespearean forms, perhaps to give the flavor of the tribal Albanian tongue---the story can still grip you. Pran, who lives in a mountain village in the northern Albanian highlands, meets a mysterious but handsome youth, Nush, during the course of her daily work. He
This is the story of a young tribal girl, Pran (age 14) who lives in the mountains of NE Albania. There is a lot of detail about everyday life, customs, food, etc., but the story hinges on how the women and men interact. Pran and her family are Christian, uneducated farmers. She is the eldest child and has two younger twin brothers - who are valued more, although Pran is well-loved since she has been kept at home (rather than married off) a few years longer than many girls would be. There are ...more
Angie Lisle
Apr 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
I didn't care much for this 1930 Newbery Honor Book.

The story reinforces the idea that women are subservient to men and is built on the notion that girls exist to serve their fathers before growing into women who exist to serve their husbands. The only way these women could free themselves from this system is through religion - the Christian religion, of course. There's no mention of how much Christianity influenced and reinforced this ideal. Albania's pagan history might as well not exist.

Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a early Newbery Honor book about a teenage girl in the mountain tribes of Albania prior to WWI. The writing is good, the depictions of Pran and her parents are very sympathetic. The reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 3 was that the end was fascinating. (Spoiler alert) Instead of marrying her betrothed she became a "sworn virgin". After this oath, she dressed as a man and was treated as a man in all social situations. As all older Newbery books, all ends well.

There are still some
Christina Potter Bieloh
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite Newbery yet (I may find myself saying this again and again). There's so much I liked about it though. It's historical fiction about a girl who lives in Albania in the early in the 19th century. So first of all, I learned about Albania and its culture. I knew less than nothing about Albania before. This story is about a wonderful family. They face war, and for awhile they are refugees. It's timely in that way in that I really got a sense of the uncertainty, loss, fear and ...more
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, newbery
Another early Newbery Honor title, and a good one, but my reading experience would have been greatly enhanced by a pronunciation guide and a map. (I still have no idea how some of these names would be said, and I got a little bit lost about where the characters were traveling to and from and where the battlefront was, etc.) The writing feels a bit dated, but the story seems well told. Miller was acquainted with the ethnic groups and regions she wrote about, and seems to do a good job of ...more
Benjamin Shehu
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A marvellous book, one that highlights all aspects of Malcor life, everything is portrayed from the constant warring, to the blood-feuds.

For a person that's not acquaintanced with Albanian Highland Mythology and general knowledge this book will seem absurd and even outright unintelligible, but a bit of background knowledge and this book will seem as the perfect compliment to Lahuta e Malcis.

An absolute must read.
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