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D 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. 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

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My Parents

Two books in one in a flip dos dos 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 an. True history is always played out on a personal level Rtc

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Unabashedly 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 dos dos 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. This biographyautobiography is divided into two halves The first is the story of Hemon s parents and their forced flight from Sarajevo to Canada in the 1990s due to the Bosnian War It s an affectionate insightful and loving account of them and their bravery and resourcefulness in adapting to a new life in a new country is vividly depicted The second half of the book is a rather rambling memoir of Hemon s own childhood and youth in Sarajevo and an exploration of the nature of memory and remembering I didn t find this part as engaging and felt it was too disjointed and impressionistic Overall however the book as a whole is enjoyable and interesting and I gained from it an added insight into what life was life in Yugoslavia before everything fell to pieces


10 thoughts on “My Parents

  1. says:

    'True history is always played out on a personal level'Rtc

  2. says:

    I recently read a 2002 article by sociologist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak that describes a humanities education as “an un

  3. says:

    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 liv

  4. says:

    Aleksandar Hemon cements his reputation as one the finest writers worldwide with his compelling two part memoir My Parents An Introduction in tandem with This Does Not Belong to You He depicts his Ukrainian descended upbringing in the former Yugoslavian province of Bosnia as a socialist paradise Life as lived and expressed in music food storytelling and dozens of other ways was automatically deep with meaning

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    Uniuely designed and bound the two segments of this book are upside down to each other To read the next you have to turn the book over and begin at the back which after you have made the turn is now the frontThis unusual presentation serves to bind the sections to each other but also to emphasize the separate character of each section Hemon's biography of his parents is lovingly told each chapter focusing on

  6. says:

    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 t

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    This biographyautobiography is divided into two halves The first is the story of Hemon’s parents and their forced flight from Sarajevo to Canada in the 1990s due to the Bosnian War It’s an affectionate insightful and loving account of them and their bravery and resourcefulness in adapting to a new life in a new country is vividly depicted The second half of the book is a rather rambling memoir of Hemon’s own childhood and yo

  9. says:

    BeautifulJust beautiful Mr Hemon has a magic with words and thoughts that brought tears to my eyes on many occasions be they of melancholy or joy Highly recommend

  10. says:

    I laughed I cried I loved this bookThe author's dazzling writing about memory blew me awayThe title is interesting specifically because what I’ve learned about memory is we all remember differently How my sister remembers our chi

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