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  1. Ashwin Ashwin says:

    The perils of any war is not only horrendous but changes the course of life and history lacerating them in numerous ways for generations When you are taking in the enormity of a major moment in history it is easy to forget that behind the epic events lie a multiplicity of individual stories This book portrays the exact sentiments on how war laden displacement can influence the working of human life Ahmet Yorulmaz’s “Children of War” in English with a translation by Paula Darwish is the story of Hassanakis a young Muslim boy of Turkish descent growing up on Crete during WWI 1919 The invasion of the Greek tropes As Cretan Muslims were increasingly viewed as a threat to Greek unity it resulted in their forced migration from Greece to Turkey Thus Hassanaki is forced to flee Crete and he emigrates to Ayvalik Turkey a coastal city located right across the Island of Lesvos in 1923 Against the backdrop of such a terrible wholesale movement of people which upended countless decades of ownership and connection to the land it is all too easy to find yourself swamped by the sheer enormity and horror of the events at hand The story contained within this book captured one of the most overlooked aspects of the cruel war – the deliuescing of identity nationhood and the repercussions of the population exchange Brutal and captivating Yorulmaz is a talented writer skilled in conveying a complex long conflict succinctly while remaining even handed in tallying the atrocities inflicted on the lives of people brandished by the war It is through this propensity that the writer can humanise the statistics of the forced migration 16 million displaced The virtue of great political fiction is that even if people feel far removed from certain events a great writer will bring to life the human stories that will gage the interest of the reader and encourage awareness I for one found myself researching Greco Turkish war after reading this novel to increase my understanding Thank you Netgalley and Neem Tree Press for the advance copy which was provided in exchange for an honest opinion


  2. Smitha Murthy Smitha Murthy says:

    There was so much to like about this book The Turkish Greek conflict over Anatolia is not something I have come across much The history of that region is so difficult to comprehend and I was curious to see if this book would help shed light on these dusty corners of my mind Sadly I am even confused This book could have been so important but it kind of disintegrates The story shifts here and then in hurried recollections from Hassanakis Especially toward the end I got irritated with him he chooses one woman over another in a very logical “manly” fashion one woman’s breasts were smaller than the other And meanwhile everything else of the ongoing conflict is left to the background while the breast measurements are going on Does anyone know better books on the Turkisk Greek population repatriation?


  3. Calzean Calzean says:

    This is a short book that follows Kiri Hassan a Muslim Turk from the island of Crete who is originally forced with his family in 1897 from their village his life in Chania and his departure in 1923 during the population swap of Greeks in Turkey with Turks from Crete and MacedoniaThe events are interesting and not something I understood However the character of Hassan is uite wooden and the writing lacks depth Events that could have been expanded are shallow almost in the background as Hassan finds work education women and some financial independenceA pity as the time period and location is ripe for a great historical novel


  4. Mandy Mandy says:

    This is a sad and poignant tale as well as a sometimes horrific one about a period in history about which I knew very little – the enmity between Greek Christians and Turkish Muslims on the island of Crete For generations the two communities lived beside each other amicably and peacefully Then politics took over and the Turkish Muslims were persecuted and forced to flee back to their “homeland” even though Crete had been that homeland for so many years The novel focusses on young Hassanakis a child when the book opens and whom we follow through the trials and tribulations his family have to go through before they can reach safety It’s uite a story but I didn’t think the writing lived up to the subject I never felt that I was inside the characters’ heads as we are told too much rather than shown and none of them came fully alive for me not even Hassanakis himself whose voice we hear The book ended very abruptly and I assume there is going to be a seuel but even so such a sudden ending leaves the reader a little disconcerted All in all an interesting novel but not a very literary one


  5. Lisa Carter Lisa Carter says:

    This is a beautiful haunting story based on notebooks left by a Cretan refugee after the population exchange with Turkey It is told in a slow and deliberate manner building a picture of the cultures and politics that shaped one man's lifeHassanakis is a Muslim boy who is forced to first leave his village and then later his island after his family has been there for generations So what if about fifteen generations of my family lived there? In the end the Greeks cried 'Turks out'Children of War offers great insight to a time and place that is not that well known in the West I felt the very weight of history the sense of confusion and loss throughout this novel that I felt when visiting Kayaköy a Turkish city abandoned as a result of that population exchangePaula Darwish brings this important voice to life and I am grateful to the publisher for this advance review copy


  6. Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader says:

    has a wonderful and distinctive writing voice and solidly blends fact and fiction He breathes life into words left by those marked by time and I love the use of the historical accounts that brings us this story It’s not often that we see books of Crete’s history so this was a breath of fresh airThis is definitely worth a read if you’re a fan of history or the story of a person’s journeyIt’s not a long read but it is impactful and enlightening Informational and with heartThanks so much to Anne and NeemTreePress for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review as part of the blog tour


  7. Jule Jule says:

    This novel sheds light on an historical issue that I was mostly unaware of before reading this the fight for Crete between Turkey and Greece and what that meant for the people there torn and living between two cultures languages religions opposing forces It is said uite nicely here towards the end when someone points out that all the treaties and wars and population exchanges are for the big guys on top the leader and politicians and none of them truly care about the little people actually living in these places and what the big decisions mean for them It was uite interesting to read about this Turkish Muslim first fleeing his village with his family then living in a culturally mixed city having to learn Greek but also the uran working and loving Greek people but not being fully accepted by them and also looked down at for this by his own community It was a multi faceted issue However I found that it sadly cut off too short right as the population exchange was happening and he was traveling to Turkey to live there his motherland that he had never been to before having to assimilate back into a purely Turkish community after having lived in the mixed world that is Crete the book is over That seemed like a weird choice Also in terms of narration this is labeled as both historical fiction and memoir though it leans a little towards the non fiction in my opinion Not a lot of plot arcs and character development and the like which is not bad though maybe expectations need to be adjusted I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley I voluntarily read and reviewed this book and all opinions expressed above are my own


  8. Abdel Rahman Amin Abdel Rahman Amin says:

    First of all I want to thank NetGalley and Neemtrre press for providing this ARC“If you decide to cause trouble instead of getting along with people and living in peace then you end up getting a beating It’s the poor wretched people who end up bearing the brunt of the mistakes made by their ancestors and those in power” Kiri VladimirosThis book was really shocking tragic and so real in an irritating way It is about the story of Kiri Hassan a Muslim Turk from the island of Crete now part of Greece and the tragic departure of about 18 million people from their homeland and to what so called motherland due to the treaty of lausanne 1923In my opinion this book is great For the first time instead of seeing Muslims as terrorists you will see them as victims What I liked most was the writer's great descriptive way as you will feel that his words and phrases are graphic the scenes are really vivid My favourite character was the wise big hearted great Kiri Vladimiros


  9. Lamin Lamin says:

    I have recently read a few different books about the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey and even though this one is at least partially fictional it was arguably my favorite one among them It shows how individual interests of money grabbing warmongers and nationalistreligious fanatics can result ininnocent families being harassed tortured massacred and eventually uprooted and deported from the only place they knew as home for generations A very sad end to a very rich culture all because some close minded people are blaming the ordinary citizens for the so called crimes committed by their ancestors centuries ago As one of the characters in the story says Certain people at the top are trying to make a name for themselves by setting us innocent people against each other It's always the ordinary people who will suffer Unfortunately it goes without saying that this sentence can be related to countless tragedies that have been reoccurring throughout the history of humankind


  10. Lynsey Lynsey says:

    Children of War embodies everything I love about good historical fiction you learn about people’s everyday lives and also about the events which shaped them There is so much about Crete and Greek Turkish relations that I did not know about and I am now going to read into this area The author’s family was one of the misplaced Turks who left Crete and whilst writing this novel based it from the diary’s of a refugee This gives the book the air of originality believability and a true voice of the time Although the book deals with the murder and violence which occurs during this period it does feel slightly removed from the readers experience However this is mainly due to the family’s propensity to err towards the values of peace and harmony with their Greek neighbours It was refreshing to see these types of beliefs reflected in the novel and have them dealt with compassion and empathy Especially in an era with so much military turmoil I found the character of Hassan to be an engaging narrator who reflects the main themes of the book He loves and will do anything for his family is dependable and reliable embraces peace and co existing with the Greeks and his love life was a perfect antidote to the violence in the book I can’t imagine how it must feel to be made to leave your home just because you are different to others That wrench must be the worst event in peoples lives Too much of this is still happening in today’s world due to violence and ideas of ruling elites people who don’t think about the affect on the common people Children of War does address this but don’t expect a harrowing account of mistreatment and abuse this is a subtle telling of this story It bases itself on everyday stories and how Hassan travels through his young life It is uite simply beautiful


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