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Its 1998 in Kosovo Yugoslavia in the Balkans Eleven year old ZanaDugolli is living the life of a simple family she enjoys her farm theapple orchard and the daily rituals Even though Zana and her family goon living life their life never felt secure Zana and her family areAlbanians living in a Serbian province Albanian Kosovars have long beendenied freedoms and the relationship with the Serbs has been severedalong with the relationship of Zana and her Serbian friend Lena Girlof Kosovo is an intriguing novel about how an Arabians family alongwith other families must survive when the Albanians and the Serbiansare on the brink of war This book would be classified as a novelbecause a novel is a fiction book but is represented by a character andaction with some form of realism in it since this novel is based on atrue story Mead probably presented it this way because it couldnt beclassified as a memoir since a memoir is more of a biography or frompersonal knowledge and she is receiving this knowledge from a boy fromKosovo It also wouldnt be classified as a history book either becausea history book is a book of facts and events that have occurredthroughout history and this is a story of how a family survives a warThis novel has taught me is how much of a struggle the Albanians had togo through in order to receive their freedoms The Serbians and theAlbanians had their differences but the Serbians felt that theAlbanians were intruding in their province and they dont belong therealso having them think that they are more powerful hat the AlbaniansThe Albanians believed this and even though they had the KLA they feltweak and felt that they would lose the war I learned to understand thesituation not only of Kosovo but other countries and to makeuniversal observations about war and prejudice all over the world Ialso learned some major themes which include European history wars andmilitary tolerance and
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