BOOK REVIEW: Ever since Ukraine's violent 2014 revolution, followed by Russia's annexation of Crimea, the country has been at war. Misinformation reigns, more than two million people have been displaced, and Ukrainians fight one another on a second front--the crucial war against corruption.
With IN WARTIME, Tim Judah lays bare the events that have turned neighbors against each other and mired one of Europe's largest countries in conflict seemingly without end.
In Lviv, Ukraine's western cultural capital, mothers tend the graves of sons killed on the other side of the country. On the Maiden, the square where the protests that deposed President Yanukov7ych began, pamphleteers, recruiters, buskers, and mascots compete fro attention. In Donetsk, civilians who cheered Russia's President Putin find their hopes crushed as they realize they have been trapped in the twilight zone of a frozen conflict.
Judah talks to everyone from politicians to poets, pensioners, and historians. Listening to their clashing explanations, he interweaves their stories to create a sweeping, tragic portrait of a country fighting a war of independence from Russia--twenty-five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
MY REVIEW: This book was not quite what I expected. I tried to get into it, but I really couldn't. I did read the whole book, or rather, skimmed, but I can't even tell you what I read. I think the problem is that it is written for those who already know what happened. If such was the case, it would be an interesting book, as the author interviewed many people on whom an impact is being made by the current issues. However, I don't know anything about what is going on, therefore, this book does not tell me much.
However much I did not understand the book, I can't fault the writing. It appeared to be very well-done, and I could tell that Tim had done extensive research on the project. It was merely from the wrong angle for me.
The author, Tim Judah, is a reporter for THE ECONOMIST. He has covered several major issues, and currently resides in London with his family.
I received a copy of this book from BLOGGING FOR BOOKS in exchange for my honest review.