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A memoir about the experience of being a Bosnian refugee in Britain It describes the beginning of the war the machine gun fire that sounded like a sewing machine in the distance and the author s family s growing anxiety, culminating in the decision to send her and her sister to Britain


10 thoughts on “Bluebird: A Memoir

  1. Jo Jo says:

    The only way to humanize a war and its victims is to get to know the people affected Thank you, Vesna Maric, for providing us a crisp peek into your life and that of your loved ones Bluebird is entertaining, a page turner, and provides us an intimate window into the real life of a modern day refugee It s unreal and could happen to any of us, anywhere, given the right conditions I m amazed also by the ordinary British citizens who risked their lives to take a convoy to Bosnia and help ship The only way to humanize a war and its victims is to get to know the people affected Thank you, Vesna Maric, for providing us a crisp peek into your life and that of your loved ones Bluebird is entertaining, a page turner, and provides us an intimate window into the real life of a modern day refugee It s unreal and could happen to any of us, anywhere, given the right conditions I m amazed also by the ordinary British citizens who risked their lives to take a convoy to Bosnia and help ship some people out It s amazing when ordinary citizens leave the comfort of their own home to help others out, especially in the middle of a cruel war genocide.Unfortunately, as Vesna shows us, refugees continue to face stigma and stereotypes, including being viewed as savages A compelling excerpt from Bluebird Upon arriving in England, at a shelter , a Bosnian woman found a cardboard box full of soap and picked up a piece that was shaped like an orange An English woman saw her and jumped, grabbing the soap from her hand No Not to eat Everyone was aghast How dare she, the bitch, doesn t she know we had VCRs and cars and soap bars at home Our English hosts were embarrassed at their colleague s odd behavior, but we understood the situation they thought we refugees were savages


  2. Bettie Bettie says:

    Gemma Arterton reads Vesna Maric s account of coming to Britain as a 16 year old asylum seeker, after fleeing the conflict in Bosnia in 1992.About the Author Vesna Maric was born in Mostar, in 1976 At 16, she left Bosnia Herzegovina on a convoy of Bosnian refugees heading to the Lake District, later moving to Hull and Exeter, and studying Czech Literature at SSEES, London She went on to work for the BBC World Service and now writes Lonely Planet travel guides and a variety of Gemma Arterton reads Vesna Maric s account of coming to Britain as a 16 year old asylum seeker, after fleeing the conflict in Bosnia in 1992.About the Author Vesna Maric was born in Mostar, in 1976 At 16, she left Bosnia Herzegovina on a convoy of Bosnian refugees heading to the Lake District, later moving to Hull and Exeter, and studying Czech Literature at SSEES, London She went on to work for the BBC World Service and now writes Lonely Planet travel guides and a variety of journalism She lives in London.First broadcast in 2009 on BBC Radio 4.Penrith castle in 1772


  3. Mike Mike says:

    Heartwarming story beautifully told the memoirs of a refugee from Bosnia during the Balkan wars Very easy to read, funny, sad, moving, wicked by turns.all expressed in some of the liveliest and most vivid English prose I ve read in ages And all theamazing in that the author s first language isn t English at all she only started learning English as a refugee at 16 A really incredible achievement The book is written in easily digestible chunks and short chapters, and the author Heartwarming story beautifully told the memoirs of a refugee from Bosnia during the Balkan wars Very easy to read, funny, sad, moving, wicked by turns.all expressed in some of the liveliest and most vivid English prose I ve read in ages And all theamazing in that the author s first language isn t English at all she only started learning English as a refugee at 16 A really incredible achievement The book is written in easily digestible chunks and short chapters, and the author s obviously got a sharp eye for detail and storytelling I m looking forward to her first novel


  4. Imogen Imogen says:

    I liked this book but I don t really have anything to say about it.


  5. Nancy Nancy says:

    A story of a Croatian refugee to Britain as a teen, interesting because I d been to many of the locations, and good enough that I did finis it, but I m not drawn to readof her writings.


  6. Catherine Catherine says:

    Written by a Bosnian teenager who became a refugee in the United Kingdom during the war in Bosnia.Maric writes about her fellow refugees, her experiences living in England, and her family and friends in short little chapters The writing style reflects her age, which when I think about it, makes her storiespoignant Having said that, it s a quick read, with touching moments, but it s definitely not the most profound book I ve ever read.


  7. Julie Julie says:

    Memoir of a girl from Mostar who was 16 when the war broke out She became a refugee in the UK, and the book is as much about that experience as about the war Mostly a series of anecdotes, but interesting.


  8. Francis Francis says:

    An interesting memoir by a Bosnian regugee in England


  9. Elesa Labanz Elesa Labanz says:

    I want to know what happened next Very engaged in her story having lived in Bosnia and in England and seen the war destruction that she mentions, although many years after she initially returned.