I had heard of the Prison on the Bare Island (Goli Otok) before I could even pronounce it. The expressions on grownups’ faces when they talked about it gave me the reason and ability to imagine the terror lurking behind its doors before I was mature enough to know that fear has its own distinctive and powerful smell. Then, a prisoner came and unfolded her story before my eyes.
In 1992, what remained of the once diverse and peaceful Yugoslavia began to dissolve. The war that followed presented a picture that was much different than the normal depiction of good verses bad. The casualties ran deeper than the physical wounds and no one escaped unscathed.
This is my story of a search for a new home and the separation from those I love... a story of being uprooted.
If a man pays his dues, is he ever out of debt? Are his past mistakes ever forgiven? In our struggle to protect the helpless, have we lost the ability to determine who is innocent? Gregory Torti may not have the perfect past, but learned from his mistakes and was ready to move on. The justice system had a different idea of him, and no matter the facts it was willing to cast aside reasonable doubt.
Some of us have that special person we are connected to long before we arrive in this world. Some of us have that special person we are connected to long after everyone else has forgotten them.
This story is about such a person, my Dawn. The one I will always miss seeing standing on our porch and waiting for me to come back to Sarajevo, to come back home.
When wars end, violence stays alive. The roads toward peace and significance still lead nowhere.Perhaps the aftermath is the best time to blame those who refused to carry guns and take sides.How do you deaden the pain of trusting somebody who is trying to destroy you? How are you to know the difference when your enemy says he loves you? And so begins the battle for survival.
Three Religions, One Killer
on Nov. 05, 2013
This book first piqued my curiosity based on the title and soon found that it did not disappoint. It was interesting right from the start and became even more thought provoking after each new page. It is a blend of three major religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) with a plot set between Europe and America. This book is filled with suspense and even though its context is historical it can be easily connected to our present time and current world events. What I liked the most about this book is the way the main characters slowly but surely engage the reader into the story so it can be experienced to the fullest. Three Religions, One Killer may have many messages, but one stands out - differences can bring people together, can bring peace in spite of many obstacles. That notion is demonstrated as the author described the main characters: “…working together. They haven’t given up on their dream.”
I highly recommend this book.