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When Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes. It begins as the day-today record of the life of a typical eleven-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. BuWhen Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes. It begins as the day-today record of the life of a typical eleven-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor’s cellar. Yet throughout she remains courageous and observant. The result is a book that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away....

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Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo Reviews

  • Luke G
    2019-05-06 21:34

    April 17. We got the UN relief package today. YO BABY YO, as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air would say. Tried to watch Murphy Brown but the sound was drowned out by shelling (I know, MORE shelling!) and then the rabbit ears were exploded by a sniper's bullet. RUDE! Pepsi just came out with limited-edition cans with Linda Evangelista on them. I wish I could get one. I haven't tasted processed sugar in over five months. Got an A in math, biology, and piano! The piano was exploded so had to mime the recital. Still, I only made two mistakes.yrs,ZlataZlata Filipovic actually comes across as a very bright and sensitive 11-year-old in her diaries, but the pop-culture references weirded me out. This text is like a mashup of Anne Frank and White Noise. Maybe I reacted this way because I was born the same time as her, and I was doing and watching and thinking many of the same things at age 11, minus cowering in the cellar during rounds of ethnic cleansing. The most astonishing thing in reading this is that the causes of war and the motives of the warring factions were too convoluted for a very smart 11-yr-old to try to sort out, even as she was being victimized by those disputes. Unlike Anne Frank, where there is a sure sense of who the bad people are and what they want to do, violence here seems arbitrary and destined to continue forever—artillery is just bad weather that has moved in to stay.

  • Dolores
    2019-04-21 00:25

    There's not much you can say about this book. Wartime diaries are a very effective way of communicating what people suffer through on a daily basis. This book was clearly written by an intelligent and sensitive young woman. It was interesting to read her thoughts on being compared to Anne Frank--she didn't want to be compared to her since she didn't want to suffer the same fate. That to me was an insightful comment about people being more than just news items.

  • Leanna
    2019-04-23 23:30

    Zlata’s Diary is literally Zlata’s diary. Zlata lives in Sarajevo and starts keeping a diary in September 1991, not long before her 11th birthday. She excels in school, enjoys fashion magazines, and watches Murphy Brown on television. Six months later, she is recording the tragedies of war.Reading about war from a child’s perspective is an interesting experience. Zlata mentions politics several times, writing that “politics has started meddling around. It has put an ‘S’ on Serbs, an ‘M’ on Muslims, and a ‘C’ on Croats, it wants to separate them. And to do so it has chosen the worst, blackest pencil of all—the pencil of war which spells only misery and death” (97). Yet, she does not understand the significance politics plays in the war, never connecting the war with “ethnic cleansing.” But because politics doesn’t shape or warp Zlata’s perspective, she can truly see and express how senseless war is. She records the death of friends, the destruction of her city; she suffers without electricity, gas, food, and water. Several times, she expresses anger and despair, writing “I really don’t know whether to go on living and suffering, to go on hoping, or to take a rope and just . . . be done with it” (130). Early on, Zlata asks the most profound question of all:“God, is anyone thinking of us here in Sarajevo?” (85).I am only three years older than Zlata. If I heard about Bosnia, if we talked about the war in school, I have no recollection. Most everything I know about the genocide I learned years later as an adult.

  • Raul
    2019-05-19 21:41

    Zlata é uma menina surpreendente e encantadora.Esta menina que escreve o seu diário em pleno teatro de guerra mostra-nos uma resignação sem precedentes.Sempre positiva, sem medo da morte, sem chamá-la ou mencioná-la, vive cada dia acreditando sempre que a guerra acabará. Em nenhum momento acredita que poderá perecer nela.Conhemos-lhe apenas um pequeno apontamento de desespero, num momento em que pensa acabar com a sua própria vida!Poucos de nós reagiriamos a um cenário destes como esta menina reagiu.Um relato real que nos mostra a beleza do mundo visto pelos olhos de uma criança, ainda que o mundo esteja a desabar à sua volta!

  • cathleen
    2019-05-02 20:28

    melodramatically edited and ghost-written. zlata's diary may have been a poignant, emotional, and honest account of a girl during war-time, but opportunist publishers seeking to maximize the emotional impact and emphasize the precocious "from the mouths of babes" aspect of a book about war written by a child have added improbable narrative and skewed the prose in a falsely cathartic way. the editing and doubtful translation have created something maudlin and cheap in an effort to over-simplify and stream-line zlata's thoughts to create what the publishers wanted: a powerful and seemingly innocent protest and commentary on a horrible war. what would have been more powerful would have been letting zlata's true words speak for themselves without trying to force-feed us pacifism written for an audience the publishers seem to think would not have able to extract the message from the diary of a young girl without oversimplifying and narrowing the scope to heart-rending exclamations of fear and regret. what was so moving about that other diary of a young girl was that anne frank's coming of age and personality and details of her life were provided in context with her reflections on the war and how it affected her. her struggles with puberty, family, sexual identity were left intact for the reader to provide a complete portrait of a young girl growing up under extraordinary conditions. zlata's incidental and seemingly calculated details of her personal life seem too evenly spaced and balanced amongst her reflections on the war, almost as if added as padding to what is otherwise a basically falsely childish narrative of wartime, to make it seem more authentic and accessible.

  • Angela R. Watts
    2019-05-15 23:27

    I would not really recommend this book to anyone. Yes, it portrays the awful consequences of war in Sarajevo during 1991. It is Zlata's diary, and shows the awfulness of war, of course. But this book was not a good read. By no means, do I think war is easy, or that being in war you can pretend all is well. But God was not known in this book- Zlata wasn't a Christian, or certainly did not appear to be so. She mentioned killing herself a few times..... War is not easy, it sucks, but.... this book goes to show that humans fail. Humans fail. Darkness comes when humans try to take over. But GOD is the LIGHT. He gives us hope. Hope isn't an easy thing to find and keep. But this girl's story seemed to lack God, and so, while it has facts (it has dates, facts of the war, insights on living during the war...) I would not recommend it.

  • Apryl Anderson
    2019-05-02 23:14

    It was interesting to revisit this 23 years on; the more things change, the more they stay the same, and all the more occasion to repeat the phrase. What will come out of Syria? Has the "Anne Frank of Aleppo" already been found, and how soon until the world gobbles up her words? What do we do with the cry of the heart? Who can answer? Who can save? Who can stop the "kids" at play when the children are caught up in the violence? This book makes me angry and disconsolate at my own lack of power, yet I appreciate that it needed to be written and remembered.

  • Anarika
    2019-04-23 23:37

    Why do I like this book so much? I really do. Who is able to convene in this way all the pain, the tragedy and humanity and inhumanity of war, without any fancy shmancy false talk, without any presumptuousness, any falsity or hidden agenda? Simply by scanning the events that matter, from when you understand that this is different. It’s not fiction! This is 1st person singular non - fiction. Nothing’s invented. When this got to my brain, I cried… even though so many years have passed since I had the first chance to read it. Then it would have been just too much.It is written with simple language, appropriate for an 11 – 12 year old little girl who happens to be living in Sarajevo between 1991 and 1993. She’s just like any other pre-teenager from the (Western?) industrialized rich world. She comes from a good, literate and cultured family, and therefore she can write and express herself fairly well for her age. But there is a difference, by the time you reach page 50, she won’t be anymore pre-teenager from the (Western?) industrialized rich world. Firstly because she’ll be demonstrating how mature she is or has become – her parents take care of what she eats, but her psychological strength will permit her to take care of them as well. Secondly, because by the time she celebrates her next birthday, her country will be light years away from the “civilized” Western rich world. It will be a totally different country, territorially split and divided and thorn into pieces, and sociologically wounded and crippled and light years away from the country it was in 1984 when the Winter Olympic Games were held in Sarajevo. I read that her diary should be compared to other such diaries – Anne Frank comes to my mind – but I am not sure. She had probably read it herself. It’s so easy to feel connected to her, because even though I did not experience any of the hell she’s describing I can still understand, because I grew up in ex Yugoslavia, in Croatia. Her account is accurate and credible. What she describes – writing, seeing friends, partying, dreaming - you did all that at her age as well, or maybe that’s what your kids, nephews, and nieces, cousins are doing now. But she’s also giving an account of all the miseries of that particular war…her family friends and members are Croatian and Muslim and Serbian…but “it’s the kids” who play at war. And when I think of the conditions they lived in - no water, no food, no places to bury your dead, I think of how amazing it is that they kept sane and human. Yes!

  • Destiny
    2019-05-13 00:33

    Zlata’s Dairy Filipovic, Zlata “A blast of gunfire!” doesn’t that sound scary. Have you ever heard gunfire before? If you have how does it sound? Did it sound loud and annoying or did it sound nice and peaceful? I think it probably sounded loud and annoying.Zlata’s Dairy about a girl named Zlata Filipovic whose child life was ruined by a war in Sarajevo. Before the war started in Sarajevo, Zlata was living a great life. She took a lot of classes. She took music class, solfeggio class, tennis lessons, English lessons and choir practice. The war in Sarajevo took all of that away from Zlata. The war in Sarajevo also destroyed a lot of people lives. Some people lost there arms and legs. Even though you have never experienced being in a war, Zlata’s Dairy makes it really realistic for you to experience it with her.Zlata’s Diary (which she calls Mimmy) is also about events that happened in the mist of the war. It talks about Zlata’s dad Malik, Zlata’s mom Alica, and Zlata herself had to do to survive through this war without any gas, without any water, and with the electricity that kept on going off and on. The war in Sarajevo ruined Zlata’s grandmother and Zlata’s grandfather lives. This war also ruined a lot of other people’s lives mentally, through the separation between parents and their children and through separation between husbands and wives. During the war people became selfish by escaping Sarajevo by their self leaving behind their children and their husbands.Zlata Filipovic did a terrific job writing about all the feelings and the experiences she went through during the war. It helped realize that wars are very destructive. Just think about every single war that is happening right this second is destroying a child’s life. It is stopping their education, which is stopping their dreams of becoming anything they wanted to be. That is sad and disturbing and for Filipovic to safely make it through the war and being able to tell us her experience is a blessing.

  • Audra
    2019-05-08 16:20

    "Zlata's Diary" is about an eleven year old girl living with her parents during a war in Bosnia (Sarajevo). "Zlata's Diary" is similar to "The Diary of Anne Frank." Both take place during a war, but Anne's was timed way before Zlata's was. And Anne died, Zlata didn't. Before the war started, her diary consisted of Birthday Parties, friends, school, piano lessons, and being able to go out and play without having to worry about a shell falling on their heads. But when the war started, she started to write about how many shells fell that day, how long the shootings lasted, how many friends and family died, and food shortages. They spent most of their time in the wet, stinky cellar. Through all this, Zlata knew that she had to stay confident so that she wouldn't worry her parents. At age 11, she shouldn't have to experience war. She should be out, making new friends, spending her time with friends, and being free. But because of politics, she couldn't get any of that. Politics try to separate Croats, Muslims, and Serbs.

  • Naeema Abedin
    2019-04-25 22:23

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Zlata's diary goes through so much for girl that is so young. The war started when she was 11 years old and she lived through the war for two years. She went through many shooting, shelling, bombing, etc. Zlata made me realize how lucky I am not living through a terrible war. I really admire Zlata's personality. She is very kind. For example, in her diary she writes, "It looks to me as though these politics mean Serbs, Croats, and Muslims. But they are all people, there's no difference. They all have arms legs and heads, they walk and talk, but now there's 'something' that wants to make them different." This quote shows that she is very accepting and does not discriminate against others. I also really like how honest and accurate Zlata is when she writes a new entry. It feels like you are with her and feeling the same way as she feels.

  • Damla
    2019-05-15 19:20

    Çocukluğumun ilk kitaplarından; bana nerede olduğumu unutturup savaşın göbeğine götüren, dünyanın acımasız gerçeklerini küçücük yaşta yüzüme çarpan, kaç kez dönüp okuduğumu sayamadığım, kanımı donduran yegane kitaplardan Zlata'nın Günlüğü. İlk okuduğumda Zlata'dan küçüktüm, o hep o yaşta kaldı ben büyüdüm ama kitabı elime aldığımda hissettiğim şeyler geçen yıllara rağmen hiç değişmedi. Kesinlikle herkes okumalı.

  • Natalie Hogle
    2019-05-17 21:33

    extremely sad and heart breaking, but overall an amazing read.

  • Michelle Arrow
    2019-04-24 16:20

    This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more reviews! *3.5 star rating* As you're reading this review, you'll most likely be suspecting that this is very much like Anne Frank's story. And this is not fiction, either, so don't make some masterful plan to prove me wrong, hah. *jokes* But I must say that Zlata's Diary cannot utterly even try to compete with Anne's diary at all, since this lacked so much, and had too much that took out the innocence and realism that it was supposed to bring.Zlata Filipović was a young girl, too. But really, I'd like you to keep in mind that I'm not here to actually compare this diary to anything else, though Zlata did speak of allusions of Anne Frank and how people even told her that she was like her. So is that saying that if I wrote a diary and got it published, am I the new Anne Frank? No one can compare to Anne, a historical figure who went through so much to prevent hate and war, though she never got her wish fulfilled until after she passed away. I'm kind of debating why am I going to have to compare Anne's work and Zlata's work together for my English exam's essay. But yet again, there are so many contrasts that I'll surely go through. It's a win-win match."War is no joke, it seems. It destroys, kills, burns, separates, brings unhappiness."The author begins writing her diary as a hobby, something to keep a track of her life and days that go by. She's a happy, innocent eleven-year-old who's misfortunately struck with the horrid events of the Bosnian war, one that just took place within the country. There were no bombs set because a country was battling them, it was all unluckiness, fate that simply destined her family and the other individuals of Sarajevo to have to go through this all. And here we have a diary that reminds everyone of the conflicts that were occurring not too long ago, closer to modern day than the Holocaust did.I picked this diary up, thinking that the only reason why I decided to read it was because I was forced to by my English teacher. That sometimes is the situation and reason. And then, here I am, realizing that I've never heard of this book before, and it's something that would've interested me since I was a young girl. Having to put myself in the shoes of a young girl very much like me who was unlucky with her life and spent years fighting for survival seems like the thing that would've made me happy... when I was also eleven. Don't you think that one can better connect to the writer/protagonist if they're the same age, or possibly even stuck in the same situation? (Not that I was.)There are many things that one can discuss with the subject of this diary. I bet that there are tons of things that even Zlata herself hadn't realized she was writing about until someone else mentioned it to her. Isn't that unique, you say? Yes, it truly is, since everyone can have a different viewpoint on her story, and if something was symbolism or smacked with the use of literary devices to brighten up it all. But I'm against all of the structural devices, my friends. This is a memoir, a life. It happened the way it happened and nothing is meant to be analyzed by the looks of writing. Personification? Parallelism? That seems like a joke (again speaking of my English class).So as for the way it was written, I'd probably give the plot a 4 star rating. If it wasn't for Zlata's age at the time she had written this, I'd probably would've given it a 5. But I couldn't keep the thoughts of this being translated out of my mind. An eleven year old can't write like this, talking about the way a candle's light means something to her. I apologize, it's just, it seemed unrealistic, and I wished it stayed with simpler sentences and grammar, even though it was meant for a more mature audience. And with that said, I found myself drifting in and out of the book, becoming bored constantly since I wanted it to sound real, like Anne's did."How can you come to love an animal! She doesn't talk, but she speaks with her eyes, her paws, her meows, and I understand her."Where was the character relationships of Zlata and her parents? I literally felt tears building up inside of me because I couldn't seem to find something special about their relationship. Maybe Zlata's father was a little more caring than the mother, but it all seemed to be about survival on their own and stubbornness. I can't even discuss that without feeling some kind of dislike towards her parents, who should really seek more love to come out of their only child, a young girl who's stuck in the worst possible situation of her time. Teach her how to love! By the way, I'm not trying to teach a lesson to no one here. A lot of my friends who also read this book for class admit that they hate Zlata—she's annoying and whatsoever. I HAVE TO DISAGREE. Zlata was cute, intelligent and reckless, she's a kid! Aren't kids supposed to be annoying, I tell them? The positive vibe she had coming off of her only made me love her more, and she was the perfect role for writing this call, to inform individuals about her life, although she hadn't known that people would begin to read it eventually. That's what happens to the people who become famous for something that seemed like a regularity for them, they just don't expect it. That's the special compassion that they all share. All in all, I see this as a memoir that can teach anyone, young or old, to see the bad things coming, even when you least expect it. This memoir's vibe may come to you as something cliché, especially by looking at its title, but I mostly see it as something that I'm glad to have read. With struggling moments that will leave you tearing up, hearing the characters stress and trying to see the positive sides of life, this can definitely leave you seeing that it mostly has it all. Forget about my negative comments and you surely will be able to give this a perfect ten rating. Go and live with this book, seek a new viewpoint on struggle.

  • Mary Louise
    2019-05-14 18:39

    Zlata's Diary is the true story of Zlata Filipovic, a young girl who lived and suffered through the terrible siege in Sarajevo in the early 1990s. She received this diary before the siege began, and it's striking to see the difference in her writings from before and during the war. Before the siege, she was like any ordinary 5th grade girl- she studied, did well in school, took music lessons, watched television shows, and enjoyed family vacations. After the siege, her diary takes a turn to delve into the horrors of her newfound existence. She has such strength and such poignancy as she tells her story to her Mimmy (the name she'd given to her diary); it was often shocking to me that she was 11 and 12 years old as she wrote this diary. Powerful, heartbreaking recollections of a girl who was witness to her beloved city being destroyed. One particular moment in the book struck me. On January 26, 1993, she writes: "Mimmy, I've noticed that I don't write to you anymore about the war or the shooting. That's probably because I've become used to it. All I care about is that the shells don't fall within 50 meters of my house, that we've got wood, water, and, of course, electricity. I can't believe I've become used to all this, but it seems I have. Whether it's being used to it, fighting for survival or something else, I don't know." How tragic that Zlata was forced into getting used to snipers, shells flying, and war as her every day existence. I don't doubt that it was her focus on survival that led her to getting used to this existence, but how tragic that she- and any child of war- had to get used to this kind of horror, this kind of ruthless violence. As I finished the book, I realized something that I was surprised I hadn't thought of when I started reading. Zlata is only 11 months older than me. After I finished this book, I imagined myself and my life at the same time she was writing this diary and I was thinking to myself about how incredibly strong she was. She is a survivor (she and her family were able to escape to France shortly after the last entry in this diary was written), and her diary lives on as a reminder of what that siege did to Sarajevo. Many were lost, much was destroyed, but Sarajevo lives on. This book is a reminder that though it came close to total destruction, Sarajevo also survived.

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-04-20 19:14

    I'm really not ready to review this just yet. I'm still digesting. 1991-93 were years of tremendous upheaval in my own life, so all I really remember of the war in Sarajevo and surroundings was that you couldn't get a world map for love nor money here in my city (I was told things were changing too fast, they weren't being printed until the map printers found out what was where and who it belonged to). And that the conflict seemed to go on forever. Like I would know--I wasn't there. Zlata was.Zlata disliked being compared to Anne Frank, in part because she didn't want to share Anne's fate. She didn't. Unlike Anne, she and her parents were eventually airlifted to Paris to promote her diary and meet with journalists etc.I may be able to say something more coherent about this later. I've read Anne Frank's diary repeatedly over the years, so I may come back to Zlata at a later date. What broke my heart was when French journalist Alexandra, after talking for some time to her mother, asks Zlata, "And how are you?" Zlata responds: "I'm all right. I have to be all right."ETA: the parallels the media kept trying to draw with Anne Frank. To me they are totally different on so many levels. But maybe that's my age showing. What hit me was remembering what my life here was like during the Sarajevo conflict, and how the news from there was interwoven in my daily prayer. DH would be watching the news and I'd be doing stuff in the flat and suddenly realise I was praying for what I heard. As I often told him when he asked what was up, "It started without me." I was weird like that in those days. I'm not anymore; whether that's an improvement or not, I cannot say.

  • Saqib Moosa
    2019-05-08 21:18

    An account of the details of wartime life and how difficult it is. As it was written by Zlata who was a child then, there isn't much details of why the war was happening or where the latest front was, who the warring parties were etc. just a pure view of how she perceived it and how much it upset her to be away from family, to have her best friend die at the age of 11, and how much this traumatized her. It also reflected how tolerant her surroundings were as many of her friends were from different religions, she says herself that my friends are Serbian, Muslim, whatever and we don't mind, we love each other, it is the "kids" (politicians) who are causing these problems. You do need to do research as you read alongside the book as it doesn't follow the conflict or her life through to completion, and not many details on the conflict are given but a Google search and reading a few articles on the history of the war can give you that. All in all, a heart-wrenching story.

  • Lexi
    2019-04-18 16:27

    I feel bad for not really liking this book... It is a diary of a girl in Sarajevo in the 90's during the Bosnian War.. Don't get me wrong, the diary is interesting, but I was hoping for something deeper and more descriptive.. You know.. Like Anne Frank. The entries are very repetitive, Bombing. Shooting. No electricity.. She didn't really go in to details about herself, or describe the house, or really any details at all.. I think the real greatness of this book is that at the time it brought a voice to the conflict and made people more aware of what was going on. I think that continues to be it's strength. Otherwise I wouldn't have gotten on Wikipedia and looked for more information about this war that happened when I was nearly the same age as Zlata but never learned about in school (even with a BA in History.. I guess there are just too many wars to cover).

  • Mikayla
    2019-05-13 18:32

    This book is about an 11 year old girl who lived through the Bosnian war, writing down her thoughts for nearly 3 years. This is the 2nd time I've read this book, the first time when I was 7, so understandingly, most of the content I'd either forgotten, or not understood. I enjoyed the book the first time I read it, but this time not so much.This time I found it to be very repetitive and very boring. I wasn't particularly attached or bothered by the events in the book this time. I think had Zlata been slightly older her writing would have been better, but with her being so young, the writing although clear, wasn't brilliant.Overall I found the book to be just OK and gave it 3 stars.

  • Rosie
    2019-05-07 16:22

    Zlata is ten years old when she begins to keep a diary. She has a typical life full of friends, school, after school activities, and vacations prior to the start of the shelling in Sarajevo. Her life changes when her home in Sarajevo comes under attack during the Bosnian War. In her diary, Zlata describes how the war if effecting her family and friends, such as a boy who was killed in the park near her home and the lack of electricity and water in her apartment. Zlata's diary is compared to that of Anne Frank's but of course the two stories and authors are different. I enjoyed reading this book because Zlata is easy to relate to and her story of survival is an absorbing read.

  • Daksha Chandra
    2019-04-20 18:38

    The book Zlata’s Diary is about a girl who is living through a rough time in Sarajevo. Around Spring 1992 there was a war that had happened. The war had happened because of the political reason such as the leader needed a change, there was a terrorist attack during 1992 in Sarajevo which made the country unsafe to live in. Before the war Zlata had a normal life and acted like her own age but that all changed once the war had started. Zlata’s mum’s work place was destroyed and it was an issue for them because they needed it for their everyday living. Zlata and her family tried their best surviving in Sarajevo. During the war Zlata’s friends had to stay away from the country because it was not safe. Zlata couldn’t get away because they didn’t have enough money to flee to another country. When Zlata was living with the bombs and the violence around her she kept a diary to Mimi and she wrote all her thoughts down and what was happening around her. The book Zlata’s diary is non fiction because this was an event that had happen when the war started and when Zlata died people found her diary entry and they made the book Zlata’s Diary. The authors social message is talking about how war changes people and their lifestyles. It affects close relationship which would make them lonely and scared. The main idea of the book would discuss about the history of the war in Sarajevo and how people defended themselves and survived when the war had took place during the novel. When Zlata was in the shelter she would write in the diary entry about what she saw and what was happening outside. Her words help the reader feel what was going on during the war.At the start I thought that the book was very violent. When I was reading the book I enjoyed myself in the beginning when Zlata’s life is light and happy in school and then suddenly it turns dark and mysterious when she came back home and her mum told her the news that her friends would be leaving the country because of the war. She was stunned by what her mum was saying on what had happen to the people and where they went When I read the book it felt as if I was in the place where the war had started and it felt unpleasant. I found some of the parts of the book difficult to understand.I think this book was effective because it helped the reader understand what was going in the story and it helped me understand on how it was like getting on with the war and finding shelter if the bomb had come. My opinion on the book would be if Zlata had the option to run away then I think that she should have an option to bring her family members but since her mum place didn’t go that well it would be hard for Zlata surviving with her friends gone to another country,

  • LindyLouMac
    2019-05-04 20:24

    Reviewing an Audiobook here is a recent departure for me, as this is just the second time I have done so. I recently discovered a collection of approximately twenty audio books that we have moved from house to house for years. It is time that most of them were moved on as tapes are rather out dated, although I might keep the classics. My first audio book review was back in April and I was planning to review about one a month. So much for good intentions, somehow the plan never materialised until the other day when I came across this copy that I had originally purchased for our younger daughter in 1995. Never a great fan of reading, unless we read to her, we did manage to get her into the habit of listening to tapes. Thankfully it worked and although she might not have read them herself, she has a reasonable knowledge of many children’s classics either from us reading to her, or listening to tapes.She was eleven years old herself, the same age as Zlata, when Zlata’s Diary was originally published and it was an excellent way to introduce to her the effects of war on children.At the beginning of 1992 Zlata Filipovic was living in Sarajevo, the normal everyday life of a young girl, school, holidays and time with friends were uppermost in her thoughts. She did mention the war in her diary but at first it was just a distant threat. Until suddenly that April war broke out in Sarajevo and her main concern became survival! It was dangerous living in the city as snipers were active there. Inevitably the war meant hardships for her family and they had to adapt to living without the things we all take for granted especially food and not being able to move around outside safely! There was always the constant fear of death in the air never knowing if family and friends would survive the atrocities. In writing this diary I felt that Zlata shows amazing fortitude for one so young and learning about the war through her perspective is a moving experience. As she does not fully understand the politics behind this war she tends to have more to say about how the war affects her life, rather than about the culture clash which is at the root of the troubles.The diary does end rather abruptly which I felt was a shame when Zlata and her family are moved to safety in France, because of the publicity her diary attracted!An insightful read for adults and children alike.For more background information please visit LindyLouMac's Book Reviewshttp://lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspo...

  • Kristin
    2019-04-20 18:19

    I've had this book since I was 10 (29 now) but had not read it. Having completed it, I am glad I waited until this era of the internet so I was able to find out what happened to Zlata after the book ends. The ending is very abrupt, I just turned the page and the only printing that followed was a note that this edition was printed specifically for schools. I suppose that is always a possibility when it is a diary being printed, especially a diary of a living person during a current event, as I imagine the publisher wanted to get Zlata's writing to readers while the war in Sarajevo was still being fought.Sarajevo isn't really talked about much these days, I'm not sure if that's because the area is still volatile but Irag and the Middle East get more headlines or if in the overall grand scheme of things, the conflict ranks as a relatively minor one. I remembered very little of it when I read the book. I'm sure we discussed the situation at the time in school, but as kids, we'd never heard of Bosnia and probably couldn't have found it on a map, so I'm sure most of the details were left out of what we learned.Unfortunately for Zlata, who was barely older than me at the time, she did know all the details because she lived them and noted them in her diary. You can tell it was written by a kid, as there are random interjections like you would see on notes (or texts these days) passed from one child to another, but it was interested to see what her priorities were. Birthday parties were major events, even if the celebrants had already left town, and Zlata treasured friendships with whoever was around at the time. It seemed odd to me that practically everyone Zlata knew was able to leave Sarajevo, but only once did she mention any attempt by her family to leave, a caravan that was too full to take them. I thought perhaps the book would end when Zlata emigrates, but that didn't occur. Instead, it just stops, with Zlata writing about preparing for another birthday and Christmas season at war. Perhaps a later edition does include an aftermath.Overall, not a bad book, and an interesting look at war from a child's perspective. I just wish it would have felt more complete in the ending.

  • Fernanda
    2019-05-13 20:40

    O diário tem pontos interessantes, mas uma pena que fique repetitivo. Uma vez vi um comentário que se aplica a todas as memórias pra mim: elas não foram feitas pra serem julgadas no sentido estrito da palavra. Não foram escritas pra agradar ninguém, nem dar prazer, o que seja. Por isso, quando avalio esse livro penso mais no quanto ele pessoalmente me impactou, e evito julgar que isso ou aquilo escrito foi desnecessário, fútil, mal escrito. Dito isso, gostaria de verdade que Zlata tivesse escrito o diário inteiro (e não aproximadamente 1/3) sem perspectiva de publicação. Por conta disso me perguntava até onde ia a espontaneidade e onde poderia começar algum escrito um pouco direcionado. Eu sei que ela só tinha onze anos, mas claramente se vê que ela era uma menina muito consciente do que estava acontecendo em volta dela, mesmo não entendendo as coisas de uma forma mais refinada. Ela tinha noção de que o que ela vivia era bárbaro e que poderia durar muito tempo. Que estava sugando e destruindo a infância dela e a vida das pessoas em volta.Outro problema pra mim nesse sentido foram as comparações com Anne Frank. Me parece até inevitável, mas a própria Zlata mencionava isso. Ela nomeou o diário lembrando de Anne. E com o diário impresso o paralelo por todos foi feito.Numa perspectiva mais factual, eu não sei nada sobre a guerra da Bósnia. Tive que ler um pouco antes pra me situar, mas mesmo assim foi o ridículo do básico. O que o diário me proporcionou foi uma visão de civis, e por isso sinto que é algo mais universal. Talvez se não fosse essa guerra em particular mas qualquer outra o fio condutor seria mais ou menos o mesmo. Uma coisa que me surpreendeu positivamente foi a rede de solidariedade das pessoas. O apoio mútuo foi importantíssimo pra quem vivia o conflito no cotidiano e foi bem bonito ver como Zlata e a família dela, apesar dos pesares, nunca estiveram sós.3.5/5

  • Lauren Hopkins
    2019-04-28 19:30

    I go back and read this every few years after first reading it as a child in 1996. As much as you could learn about the war and the politics behind it, you can't truly understand it unless you hear the stories of those who lived it. It's why I also love Barbara Demick's "Logavina Street"...but Zlata's diary is even more special because it's written by a child. Zlata was 11 when she began writing in 1991, at first about grades and birthday parties, and only really paying attention to world happenings when nearby Dubrovnik was under siege. She felt bad for the children of the city, and made up aid packages to send them, never dreaming that a few months later she'd be in the same position. After almost two years living in war, she was able to leave the city through the help of the French publishers who took an interest in her writing, but she was one of the lucky few who escaped. Not everyone could, much of the city was destroyed, tons of lives were lost, and now 20 years after the fighting stopped, the city is still on the rocky road to recovery. I think the transitions in Zlata's life are the best parts of the book, how she can go from worrying about studying one month to worrying about getting shot in her kitchen the next...and it's even more stark once she gets used to the bombing - in one sentence she's nervous about a piano test and then in the next she brushes off the "boys" in the hills shooting at people, making up a name for one of the snipers and saying "he's really lost his mind." It's an honest and harrowing look at war from a perspective you don't often see, and should be required reading when studying this point in history.

  • Dahl
    2019-05-05 20:15

    Todo el mundo ha leído o, al menos, ha escuchado hablar del Diario de Anna Frank, pero no son tantos los que conocen el Diario de Zlata.Al igual que Anna Frank que describió las penurias sobrevividas junto a su familia y otros judíos en su pequeño zulo de Amsterdam durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial . Zlata, otra joven víctima de la guerra, narra con desconcierto y horror el inicio del conflicto en Bosnia-Herzegovina, desde la casa familiar ubicada en pleno Sarajevo.Tuve la oportunidad de leer ambos libros en algún momento de mi adolescencia, entre los 14 y los 17 años, y ambos son desgarradores pero, en su día, el que más me impactó fue el Diario de Zlata. Imagino que se debe a que en aquel momento aún estaba relativamente cercano todo el conflicto yugoslavo y a que, según relataba Zlata en su diario, la vida en Bosnia-Herzegovina era tranquila y pacífica, hasta que repentinamente estalló la guerra. No fue especialmente dificil ocupar su lugar y entender lo terrible que hubiera sido para mí, que vivía en un país también pacífico, que hubiera sucedido algo como lo que ocurrió en el suyo, más aún teniendo en cuenta, que apenas poco más de medio siglo atrás en el tiempo, mi país no había sido tan pacífico.Zlata, con la inocencia, la sencillez y la frescura de la niñez, narra el día a día de su familia y los vecinos de su barrio durante el inicio y el avance de la guerra. Describe el miedo y la desesperación, y el devenir del tiempo de alguien a quién le están arrebatando la infancia.No fue hace demasiado tiempo que volví a leer este diario que, como el de Anna, merece permanecer en la memoria.

  • Apryl Anderson
    2019-05-02 17:36

    (04.04.1994), What a disturbing book! I think about the crises I encountered at the ripe age of 12… my life read more like Cici’s: heartaches for Toms, etc. Anyway, this is a genuine piece of history. Anything else? It doesn’t change anything, does it? How ironic that Zlata refers to the politicians as “kids”— it’s maturity that a child should recognize utterly childish behavior. Why do these ‘kids’ try to kill each other by attacking the innocents? Even Evil should recognize the uselessness of killing and destructing. What has it solved? And those of us who’ve become so calloused… what can we actually DO? I would personally like to wretch the weapon from some idiot’s grip, but then what? Do I have the same thing to anticipate in Seoul? At least I hold a powerful passport—a ticket to freedom. But then, what of the other 13 million inhabitants? Sure, they make me insane, but that’s promptly forgotten when I consider that diabolical threat from the North. I hope that Seoul’s leap into modernization doesn’t prove to be her undoing. Are the people setting themselves up for a fall? The more you have, the more that can be taken away from you… the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

  • Baelor
    2019-05-03 17:40

    This book is a very quick read. It was a gift from my grandparents; Zlata interviewed my grandfather for a documentary, and she autographed a book for me as a gift. I knew nothing about the Bosnian War, so I did a bit of cursory research while reading the book.What makes Zlata's Diary compelling is Zlata's ignorance. Thus the descent from an idyllic childhood to a spartan existence occurs with little buildup or contextual knowledge. Zlata's naïveté discernibly dissipates as her journal spends more and more time discussing "the kids" (politicians) and the events of the war. Two themes dominate the book. The first is Zlata's childhood, which has been forcibly wrenched away from her by the circumstances produced by the war. The second is that the war is not a conflict between two peoples, but between small subsets of those peoples that draw the innocent rest of the population unwillingly into a conflict in which only a few have a large stake. Tragic.Zlata, while clearly young and innocent, is still remarkably perceptive. It is little surprise that she has devoted her life to helping to end war.

  • Jayme(the ghost reader)
    2019-04-30 18:37

    I was interested in this book since I read "The Freedom Writers". The book didn't disappoint. I liked Zlata and all she had to overcome. My first thought when she started writing her diary was : this girl watches alot of TV. She was a happy go lucky preteen. Then the war hit and I watched her change emotionally and mentally. She watched her firends move away. She had to endure bombing, no electricity, or water or gas, sometimes for days. Both of her beloved pets have died. She compared herself to Anne Frank and I could see the similarities. Exccept Zlata did survive. She got her diary published and it has made a difference. Her story needed to be told. She went on to live a meaningful life.

  • Ashley Jesus
    2019-05-12 00:36

    Sometimes, when you're put into a tough situation, you need to grow up, be mature, take care of others before yourself. Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic is the story of a typical 13 year old journal writing girl, except for the fact that she has to deal with one thing most teenagers don't. Zlata lives in Sarajevo, where a war is currently going on. Zlata must grow up and stay strong for her family and friends. She is taken out of school, piano lessons, and forced to temporarily skip through her childhood into adulthood. Zlata's imagery made the book that much better. She speaks of the events she struggled through. Will Zlata be able to get her childhood back, or will she be forced to change her life forever?