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Nice Day for a War

By Matt Elliot, Chris Slane

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Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: New Zealand, 08 April 2011
A fictional story (based on fact) of a Kiwi lad as he heads away, full of excitement, to war with his mates from rural New Zealand. There he encounters the horror that was the Western front. It is primarily based on the diary of Matt's Grandfather, and postcards he had sent home to the family. It also draws on published histories of the Kiwi military in WW1. The book aims to capture what the new experiences of war were like for the young soldiers.

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By bestselling author Matt Elliott and one of NZ's most in-demand illustrators, Chris Slane.

EAN: 9781869509019
ISBN: 1869509013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
Dimensions: 21 x 27.8 x 2.8 centimetres (0.34 kg)
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Rahul Sood on
This is the weakest literary work of one of the respected contemporary writers from former Yugoslavia. While I simply LOVED Ms. Ugresic's book "In the Jaws of Life", this book of her impressions on life in America is not quite worthy of her talents. In many of Ms. Ugresic's stories I could see myself - foreigner in thie huge country of choices, weird characters, people who mean good, but always say the wrong thing. It took me many years to get the answers for which Ms. Ugresic is herself trying to find answers to in this work. I can only think: a) Ms. Ugresic has not been in USA long enough to learn the "rules of the game" and b) she simply made wrong choice of friends during her stay in USA (like that superficial guy Norman, mentioned in several of her stories). I only hope that Ms. Ugresic will find better life and nicer impressions during her current stay in Berlin. While I admire Ms. Ugresic's respect for both Danilo Kis and Ivo Andric (she quotes both of these writers in her book; first at the beginning and the second in the last story of her book) - I must admit that "Have a Nice Day" does not deserve comparison worth the works of Kis and Andric. Ms. Ugresic's simple way of storytelling simply clashes with complexity of thought of both Kis and Andric. I sincerely hope Ms. Ugresic will focus on issues that make her work really good. It is painfull to loose one's country. That pain however should never interfere with great talent this writer has. I am looking forward to Ms. Ugresic's new work which, I am sure, will get to the world the best of her.

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