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The Notice [Kindle Edition]

Sean Chandler

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In 1992, Bosnia & Herzegovina is a new nation on the brink of destruction. Devastated by political fracturing and a complicated holy war, it has become the battleground for the most violent and brutal crimes in Europe since World War II. In the fictional town of Zenovica, located in the mountains north of Sarajevo, Violeta Petrovic has watched these events unfold on the news with wide-eyed disbelief. She questions the possibility that such bedlam and betrayal could ever find its way to her community.

Then Violet witnesses the brutal murder of an elderly Muslim woman by one of her Serb countrymen, and realizes that the same war is festering in her own neighborhood. Suddenly, she is no longer allowed to play with the children who dress in green and call themselves “Bosniaks”, for they are the Muslim betrayers who have brought war to the Balkans for centuries. She is told to ignore the trucks of battered refugees who enter her town daily to seek shelter in the local football stadium from gangs of militiamen and thugs. These are the orders of her stubborn, young companion Goran, who has taken control of their friends with his hateful rhetoric. He wants to see an end to all of Bosnia's Muslims.

But when Violet’s guilt drives her to steal the murdered woman’s death notice from a public square where obituaries are listed, she is astonished when the ghost of Sanja Imamovic comes to collect what is rightfully hers. Through the spirit, Violet’s notion of what it means to be Serb or Muslim in Bosnia are changed forever. In a place where Serbs are branded traitors and killed for helping Bosniaks, Violet must decide if she will help put the woman’s soul to rest by helping a local Muslim couple, with Goran watching her at every turn, or if she will allow her silence to consume them both.

The Notice is a tale of courage and redemption set against the graphic backdrop of unspeakable atrocities. It is the story of how Sanja’s spirit helps Violeta make sense of life in a city under siege—a city where innocent families are terrorized, militiamen level entire neighborhoods in the night, and propaganda is the only law. Based on accounts from actual survivors, The Notice is the story of how Violet’s life is drastically altered by the conflict in her homeland over the span of several years, culminating with her daring attempt to escape from a community that is crumbling around her.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VDU1YA
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Heartbreaking and Uplifting Jan. 17 2012
By NinaMarijanovic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
As someone who lived through the tragedy of this modern war, the novel captures, with great clarity, the not-knowing and the uncertainty that plagued everyone. We had all thought that it would not last long as it did, nor that it would have played out like it did. This book is great reading for those who would like a history lesson of for anyone who would like to learn the basics of the complex history that is the Balkan region. For those who managed to get out of the region early or for the children who are now adults, but who never knew what the fighting is all about, this book will provide a fantastic overview of the causes, consequences and the goals for the future of the nation. I grew up during the heyday of Yugoslavia, and I always remember my country through those memories. This blemish in our history cannot be forgotten, and this book eloquently captures the human emotion and experience for all those who lived through it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should check out this book! Jan. 16 2012
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
"The Notice" is as much a history lesson on the war that transpired in Bosnia & Herzegovina as it is a heartbreaking account of how a young girl struggles to comprehend the changes occurring in her town and among her neighbors. As someone whose only connection to the former Yugoslavia came from a family friend from what is now Serbia, but who had moved to the United States decades before the war started, I knew very little of the war and it was informative understanding the basics of what was happening in order to provide better context for how a family such as Violet's would have been affected during this time. Though difficult to take in at times, it is nonetheless important and it teaches us that through tragedy a sense of courage and hope can still emerge. An excellent and moving account that everyone should read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant April 9 2012
By Dr. Seuss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Such a poignant and unique portrait of a world unknown to most of us. Thank you for your gift. I will read this repeatedly for years to come.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A provocative piece of modern historical literature March 14 2012
By Lizzy (Salt Lake City, UT) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't see a need to harp on the same points made by other reviewers, most of which have already summed up the book perfectly well. If you have seen my star review you already know that my feelings about the book were overwhelmingly positive.

So what was good about the book for me? "The Notice" breaks down the war in Bosnia on a level that I wish could be done with other convoluted feuds around the world. I know that books like that exist for conflicts like Israel and Palestine and Iran, but I had no idea that the war in Bosnia, like ogres, had so many layers. As an open-minded Christian, I also respect the way Chandler handles religious differences (especially between Serb Christians and "Bosniak" Muslims) directly without offending anyone.

Was there anything i didn't like about the book? I will say that the first page had me thinking the book would go through the same "storytelling" hurdles as countless other, well, stories. However, I stuck with the book and was delighted to find that that wasn't the case. The book is also quite dark and bleak at times, but this works because the drama helps feul the suspense. One reviewer has already commented that this book rewards readers who stick with it. I couldn't agree more.

This is a book I expect people to want to talk about.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important story well-told Feb. 15 2012
By C. Sparks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Notice is a ghost story, but above all it is a war story told through the eyes of a child. Violet, the book's heroine, lives an every-day life in an every-day village in Bosnia. While she is enjoying what should be a carefree summer, the war comes. It doesn't come in an obvious way, with a sudden onslaught of guns and tanks, but with gradual changes in her friends and subtle shifts in the relationships amongst the villagers. When it does come, Violet has been expecting it, but that still doesn't prepare her (or the reader) for the tragedy, guilt, and violence that follows.

Though the novel features Violet, a child, it is not a children's story. It is a realistic portrait of war. Chandler does not spare the gory details, and that contributes to the effectiveness of his writing. Chandler's imagery, as well as his ability to create multi-dimensional and relatable characters, make this a very moving story. The Notice is a must-read for anyone interested in this tragic period in world history. It also provides context for the conflict, so it is easily accessible for those who know nothing about Bosnia or its neighbors. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who wants to see the effects of war on some of its most tragic casualties-- the innocent civilians who must live through it.

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