Currently Reading: The Warring Forties

Lately, I’ve really been into history, I’ve been watching documentaries about JFK, about the holocaust, and I’ve also been reading some history books. Currently, I’m reading a Slovak book called “Vojnové 40. roky” which isn’t in English, but the translation of the title would be The Warring Forties.

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It is written by Juraj Šebo, a man in his seventies, who’s been living in Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia) all his life. He also wrote about the 1950s, 1960s, etc, basically about every decade in the last 80 years or so. He got his parents and some friends and other people to contribute and describe the life in the 1940s, especially in Slovakia. from several different points of view.

The book is written in a very easy-to-read format, there are many different chapters and parts, and the author also included lots of pictures. Unfortunately, the majority of the pictures are very small, but it’s only understandable that the author wanted to provide as many photos as possible on top of all the information.

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Of course, a significant part of this books talks about the war, but you also get a great insight into the people’s lives before and after WW2. I especially love finding out about the small stuff, like what games did kids like to play or where adults spent most of their time or what were their favorite leisure activities. These are the most interesting parts for me.

My favorite part so far has been learning about a well-loved café in Bratislava, called “Štefánka” where a lot of our famous Slovak literary figures gathered and spent their time together. It’s different when you learn about these great people in high school, you mostly just learn about their literary works without ever knowing what kind of a person they used to be – it almost feels like ancient history. But when you read about them as if they were still alive, when you read about the details like where they liked to drink their coffee, who they spent their time with or what they liked to discuss, they finally feel like real people. They actually lived only a few decades ago.
That’s why I never liked literature (the subject) in school – we never learned about these interesting people, we only had to memorize their works for the tests. But that’s a rant for some other time, haha.

I hope you have a beautiful day and spend as much of it reading as possible! ♥ 

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