The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo

The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo

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A moving testimony to the power of literature to bring people together in even the most difficult of circumstances. In the spring of 1999, the world watched as more than 800, 000 Kosovo Albanians poured over Kosovo's borders, bringing with them stories of torture, rape, and massacre. One year later, Paula Huntley's husband signed on with the American Bar Association to help build a modern legal system in this broken country, and she reluctantly agreed to accompany him. Deeply uncertain as to how she might be of any service in a country that had seen such violence and hatred, Huntley found a position teaching English as a Second Language to a group of Kosovo Albanians in Prishtina. A war story, a teacher's story, but most of all a story of hope, The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo is the journal Hunt-ley kept in scattered notebooks or on her laptop over the eight months that she lived and worked in Kosovo. When Huntley asked her students if they would like to form an American-style qbook club, q they jumped at the idea. After stumbling upon a stray English-language copy of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Huntley proposed it as the club's first selection. The simple fable touched all the students deeply, and the club rapidly became a forum in which they could discuss both the terrors of their past and their dreams for the future. The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo is a compelling tribute to the resilience of the human spirit.... paramilitaries started going door to door in Prishtina, his Serb neighbors urged him to leave right away lest he and his family be killed. ... But I had forgotten my manuscript for my new book, and so I came back. ... window I can see the minarets of five mosques, including a particularly slender one with intricate stonework directly across the street. ... And Ia#39;ve been told by locals not to roam the streets much beyond the river by myself, for the Albanian mafia is big here, and one of theiranbsp;...

Title:The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo
Author:Paula Huntley
Publisher:Penguin - 2004-02-02


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