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Posted December 13, 2008
Broken April is one of my fav books that was written by ismail kadare. <BR/>I have read this book many times, and i sure i will read it again. Sadly in northern and southern albania people still live their lives around the kanun. Its a moving story... Its a most read!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2003
2 honeymooners take a trip up North in the Albanian highlands that have loose government supervision and strong custom adherance. Our modern laws are overshadowed with a code of honor about 500 years old. The code of Leke Dukagjini or Kanuni i Lek Dukashinit as it is in Albanian helps guide life from its most basic activities and up until dignity and honor of man and family. Resemblence to the original Sicilian mafia may be drawn for a lack of a bettre reference point although the Kanun (code) is most probably eldest from the two. It is also important to note that the code has been safeguarded and adhered to mainly in the north and particularly in the mountains of Albania. So although Albanians have clear knowlege of its existence most do not have to encounter it in their daily lives...and so the story continues of the 2 honeymooners vacationing up North. The intrigues or horrors of the lifestyles are gut-wrenchingly brough alive through Kadare's words. A must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.