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Chronicle in Stone by Ismail Kadare
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Dec 06, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: balkans

Largely anecdotal and written in blistering prose, this book is a brilliant tale of a young boy growing up in occupied Gjirokaster, Albania. We learn about bomb shelters beneath the town citadel, heavily perfumed Italian soldiers, the fleeting appearances of the Greeks, and a boy's love for an aerodrome. This book was beautifully written and I loved it.

Oh, one other thing. I think it reminded me a little bit of the movie Empire of the Sun--a young boy's unflagging optimism held against the larger forces of global politics.
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December 6, 2007 – Shelved
June 21, 2009 –
page 17
6.14% "I just started this one, but it's already fantastic and I'm hooked. I can't believe that I had never heard of this Albanian writer!"
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June 24, 2009 – Shelved as: balkans
June 24, 2009 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Arlene (new)

Arlene Is this a stand alone or part of a series? I might want to give it a try.

Elizabeth It's stand alone and it won the Booker. I believe he's written many books about his homeland.

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