Wounded Dove in Honor and Disgrace
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Set in the sixteenth century Village of Gruica's Bridge in Eastern Herzegovina, Wounded Dove in Honor and Disgrace explores an age long struggle for human understanding between the Muslim and Christian civilizations in the midst of political and social upheaval. Through the portrayal of a tradition in turmoil, it clearly points to grave sorrow the oppressed women of that time had to endure. It depicts their struggle for survival in the dominant male world and their reaction to overwhelming conditions, imposed upon them by the Ottoman Turks from the outside, and by the outlawed slave-traders from within. Angelina, the wounded dove in this story achieves some extraordinary things. Restrictions inherent in the traditional codes of behavior of her own people do not make her life any easier. Numerous adversities force Angelina to take charge of her life and to undertake drastic measures in order to ensure her husband’s release from the Turkish Bey’s dungeons and to save her... More > family’s honor.< Less
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Aug 31, 2011Will Wounded Dove recover? Kerrville, Texas, August 2011 By Rand Severen, Literary Editor Readers, who value a good historical novel, will find Wounded Dove in Honor and Disgrace, by Marta Pravica Trklja, enlightening, entertaining and easy to read. She depicts the early sixteenth century conditions of ordinary people under the Ottoman Turkish domination with credible fictional scenarios. As if the author, herself, literally lived with her characters in that distant past, Marta Trklja has skilfully written her story, not from the twentieth, but from the sixteenth-century point of view. This was possible to relate only by the author who, herself, was nurtured by oral tradition. The author has definitely done her research well. The reader comes away with the feeling that they’ve really learned something, not only about history, and about the role of oral tradition during that time. It was not only in Southern Europe, but in all illiterate societies of that time that the method of oral... More > transmission of their stories, poetry and history was used to pass them, “from generation to generation into the centuries of un-forgetfulness.” Marta Trklja has demonstrated that well and more.... She utilizes the other characters not only to support the main character, Angelina, but also, to exemplify how the oral tradition was carried from one generation to the next. Without being tiresome, the author demonstrates this well through Baba Sava’s singing of the stories about the past events to the tune of gusle to Angelina and the village children, imploring them to pass those stories on to those generations who come after them. Very few people today write about the value of oral tradition, and the world is much richer for Marta Trklja’s contribution. The author guides Angelina tenderly through her development from childhood through adolescence into womanhood, helping her pull through her adversities and more. In addition, she capably utilizes a technique of twists and turns throughout the novel. Marta Trklja keeps the reader going and going, without letting on as to what’s going to happen next. For example, after she was orphaned at the age of six, the main character, Angelina, discovers a cave in which there was a deep pool of water. She doesn’t let anyone know about it. She keeps it as her secret sanctuary. The reader has a feeling that the author has finished writing about this childhood adventure of Angelina and forgets it. Years pass. Angelina has already survived many adversities, among which, the pain of separation from her only son, whom Hecim Bey illegally takes away from her as a blood tax. And later she had to deal with the separation from her husband, whom Hecim Bey places in his dungeons from which no one ever came out alive. After enduring all this and more, Angelina, together with other villagers, has to go through a year and a half of a terrible drought. The little rivulet, which was the only source of their water, had dried up. The author smoothly reminds the reader of the cave, as she sends Angelina to investigate. She finds her cave still holds a pool of water, but too low to overflow into the dry creek bed. She returns with her discovery to the delight of her villagers I highly recommend Wounded Dove in Honor and Disgrace to anyone interested in historical fiction. This novel would be of special interest to those readers interested in the study of oral tradition and its transmission. Wounded Dove in Honor and Disgrace is a fine work of fiction. It is a male subject and a female style, so it will appeal to all readers fourteen years old and up. I personally will be looking for more novels from this author and hope that she continues to write fiction in whatever genre she chooses.< Less
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- Marta Pravica Trklja (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Marta Pravica Trklja
- November 6, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.67 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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