In the wake of 1999’s NATO bombing campaign in Kosovo, Huntley and her husband went to Pristina for eight months to teach English and help create a new legal system there. Huntley’s poignant memoir, culled from her journal entries, follows her proud and doggedly hopeful Albanian students as she introduces them to The Old Man and the Sea and starts the titular club. While Huntley’s wide-eyed naivete can be a little grating, she’s savvy enough to let her young charges’ moving stories speak for themselves. They know that they’re lucky to be alive, but years of isolation and hardship have left them with such dismal prospects that even the class optimist has bouts of despondency: At one point, he confides to Huntley, ”I don’t think my story will have an American ending.”
The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo In the wake of 1999's NATO bombing campaign in Kosovo, Huntley and her husband went to Pristina for eight months to teach English and help create a...The Hemingway Book Club of KosovoNonfictionPaula Huntley In the wake of 1999's NATO bombing campaign in Kosovo, Huntley and her husband went to Pristina for eight months to teach English and help create a...2003-02-21
Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Paula Huntley
Posted February 21 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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