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Thura Al- Windawi , Thura Al-Windawi

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4. März 2004
Nineteen-year-old Thura al-Windawi kept a diary during the conflict in Iraq, saying that it was her way of “controlling the chaos.” The diary, which documents the days leading up to the bombings, the war itself, and the lawless aftermath, puts a personal face on life in Baghdad. As Thura describes her life and that of her two younger sisters, she shows readers the many small details that illuminate the reality of war for Iraqi families, and especially for Iraqi children.

Reminiscent of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and the recent national bestseller Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo, Thura’s Diary gives the perspective of a young woman caught in the midst of a turbulent time and puts a face, a name, and a voice to the word “Iraqi.”

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What would it really be like to live through the bombing of Baghdad? This poignant diary is a first-hand account of a family in a city living under attack. Written by 19-year-old Thura al-Windawi, it describes the chaos and destruction around her. Her younger sister Sama, who is seven, "keeps drawing guns...before she drew ladies in dresses". She describes a handsome American soldier: "he's got beautiful sunglasses...but I think he's probably a monster". Thura must also face the death of her childhood friend, Freday, killed during the bombing: "I feel shocked, like part of me is dying, too".

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5.0 von 5 Sternen ."..unless you live wiyh it, you cannot know it" 17. Juni 2004
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THURA'S DIARY: My Life in Wartime Iraq
***** It tells the true story of the suffering endured through the bombing of Baghdad, June 17, 2004
I believe the uniqueness of this diary will fascinate readers of all ages. Thura wrote in her Diary " ...and every time a plane goes over our house the noise is indiscribable-unles you live with it, you cannot know it."
Iraqi people of all ages have suffered for over 40 years. The suffering varied in intensity and kind. Thura's and my experience are not different from those of other Iraqis. Like millions others I found it lifesaving to depart in 1982 my birth place, Baghdad, and since then I was not able to return back.
Thura was a 19 years teenager who found writing a diary is a way to control her chaotic war surroundings. Furthermore, the environment under which Iraqi children grew up is completely different from that in the West, one has to be careful what thoughts can be safe and sound to express. Hence, the short of substance and material some noted in Thura's diary should be excusable.
I found the diary rich with love and feelings towards her country, her younger sisters, parents, friends and all the people who were suffering from the war. She eloquently described the terrifying events she witnessed from 15th March, 2003 until the 26th of August when she was fortunate to be escorted out of Baghdad to America to finish her educatio n and fulfilling her and her parent's dreams.
One needs not to say again that millions of Iraqis of all ages have been living in hell that started decays ago. But keeping a diary by a 19 years old girl while her town, Baghdad, is bombarded and missiles flying over her home is a commendable effort. She took a real risk by starting this diary not knowing what the future will be.
Thura was fortunate to receive support from the journalists and the T.V. stations' correspondents, who got her story out. This was followed by an offer from the University of Pennsylvanian with full financial support. The future looks bright for this young writer.
My generation failed to make a viable change in Iraq. I wish Thura and her generation a peaceful and prosperous future.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Choice for 5th grade and up 30. April 2004
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I am a elementary school librarian. My sister-in-law sent me this book. She is a teacher at UPenn and she knows Thura as a student. I read it and decided it would make a fine lesson for the 5th graders. The lesson briefly explored The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary. The students were most fascinated with Thura's Diary because they are familiar with the Iraq war and their own feelings about it. This unique perspective provided such a timely lesson! It was such a rich opportunity, I wish I had more time for discussion. We briefly explored issues about cultural/religious differences and similarities, what war feels like when you live in the war zone, what it is like to be a child in a war zone and how Americans are perceived by Iraqis. Many of the students wanted to check out my copy but I will have to buy a few more for the shelves, I am keeping mine!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Thura's Diary is very insightful! 12. Januar 2007
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Thura's Diary by Thura Al-Windawi is the diary of a nineteen year-old girl living in Iraq during the Iraqi War. She tells about changes in her life once American soldiers entered Iraq. Thura describes how she feels and what she sees during wartime Iraq. Also she explains changes for women. For example during the war especially women were being kidnapped if they weren't wearing a headscarf.

This book is really enjoyable and as a high school student it was really easy to connect with Thura. Thura's Diary gives you an idea of what it's like to live in a wartime country. Her book contains a lot of social value especially for Americans because you receive an idea of what is actually happening in Iraq from a young Iraqi woman's perspective. Like Jem in To Kill a Mockingbird Thura also realizes that she has to grow up to be strong for her seven year-old sister, Sama. This book is a good quick read and deserves three stars.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Mock Up 21. April 2006
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I read this as a required piece for a freshman sociology class in college. My class read this in depth, held class discussions several days, and wrote a six page paper on the book. I had serious problems writing a thoughtful, insightful paper on this book because I felt that there wasn't much there that wasn't written for an audience. Thura wrote what the audience wanted to hear. While many people find this a good book, I thought it might work better as a piece of fiction, such as the Dear America series of books. Actually, some of those have seemed more realistic than this book. It is a well written book; it just doesn't feel real. I can't remember the last time I explained simple games I play all of the time, or wrote in my diary as though my diary were about six years old.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointing. 10. April 2005
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I do not wish to trivialize the war experiences that Iraqi's have suffered. However, this book does not do justice to the many situations faced by war survivors. The book is trivial, poorly written, and has very little insight into the motives and effects of actions taken during the war.
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