Title: Second Place of Birth: Nevis
Author: Anton Tomažič
Language: English and Slovene (in separate books)
This is a fantastic story, not only one of courage and overcoming but also because it is writen by a Slovene living here but about a place so not like here.
It this book is many things ; adventure, history, love, politics, family and a true Slovenian spirit is what I love most about this book. This really could have been many books in that someone suddenly finds himself in an impossible situation but it is very cleverly woven in all these other things that the author has learned in his vast and full life that makes the book stand out from any other adventure/overcoming book I’ve read.
Being that it happened to a Slovene national is what first brought me to read this book as I wanted to see what a Slovene’s perspective would be on this kind of place and event that unfolded as I’m currently visiting here and covering the people, places and history of this area.
Although the English version I read seemed a bit translated and hard to read on that account the content was of the most interesting nature both from an adventure aspect (surviving on pure grit and resourcefulness for 8 days alone in the jungles of a Caribbean island) and from the aspect of human soul-searching and reflecting on life and faith.
I also greatly enjoyed the personal connection he had to events that unfolded after the Second World War, particularly the massacre of Kocevski Rog that I want to study more about and visit the location like I did at lake Krn, Žiri, and Cerje, if I get the chance on this visit.
His unique “insiders track” of the historical events and reestablishment of the independent Slovene nation and the important part Mr. Tomažič personally played in those formidable years of the nation in the early 90’s was also astounding to read.
There is really no denying that this authors’s life has a real propose and this book tells of the chapters of his life so far and stand to prove that life spent for God, family and countrymen is the greatest life one can have.
I hope one day that Mr. Tomažič writes a memoir of his whole life and all he was able to do with this second lease on life and ‘second birth’. It certainly has brought a lot of answers and insight for me into Slovene life and history, and much more relatable thanks to this incredible book.