Mrvice Iz Dnevnog Boravka: A Humorous and Heartwarming Story of a Croatian Family
Mrvice Iz Dnevnog Boravka (Crumbs from the Living Room) is a novel by Sanja PiliÄ, a Croatian writer who has won several awards for her children's books. The novel was first published in 2007 and received the Ivana BrliÄ-MaÅ¾uraniÄ Award in 1995. It tells the story of a Zagreb family that struggles with financial problems and everyday challenges from the perspective of Janko, a ten-year-old boy who wants to help his family by writing for a magazine.
Janko is a smart and imaginative boy who has a robot named Robotko that he made from his grandmother's sewing machine and other parts. He also has a crush on Morana, a girl who writes letters to him from another city. Janko's family consists of his parents, who are both artists, his older sister Marina, who is rebellious and loves rock music, and his younger brother Luka, who is obsessed with cars. The family lives in a small apartment that is always messy and noisy.
The novel is written in a humorous and witty style, with Janko's narration full of funny observations and comments. The author portrays the family's difficulties with sympathy and realism, but also with optimism and hope. The novel shows how Janko grows up and learns to cope with his problems, as well as how his family bonds and supports each other. The novel also explores themes such as creativity, friendship, love, dreams, and identity.
Mrvice Iz Dnevnog Boravka is a popular and beloved book among Croatian children and adults alike. It has been adapted into a play by the Zagreb theater Å½ar ptica. The novel is available in PDF format for free online at various websites. It is a great read for anyone who enjoys humorous and heartwarming stories of family life.
One of the most interesting aspects of Mrvice Iz Dnevnog Boravka is the character of Robotko, Janko's robot friend. Robotko is not just a toy, but a living being that can talk and think. Janko treats him as a real person and confides in him his secrets and worries. Robotko also helps Janko with his writing and gives him advice. Robotko represents Janko's creativity and imagination, as well as his desire to make something out of nothing.
Another important element of the novel is the contrast between Janko's family and Morana's family. Morana is a girl who lives in a wealthy and sophisticated family in another city. She writes letters to Janko and tells him about her life, which seems perfect and glamorous to him. She also sends him gifts and invites him to visit her. Janko is fascinated by Morana and thinks that she is his ideal girlfriend. However, he also feels insecure and inferior because of his family's situation.
The novel reaches its climax when Janko's father finally sells his jewelry and earns enough money to take the family on a vacation. Janko is overjoyed and hopes that this will solve all their problems. He also decides to visit Morana and meet her in person. However, he soon realizes that Morana's life is not as wonderful as it seemed in her letters. He discovers that she has a boyfriend who treats her badly, that her parents are cold and distant, and that she is unhappy and lonely. He also learns that she was not the one who wrote the letters to him, but her maid.
Janko feels betrayed and disappointed by Morana, but he also understands that she needs a friend. He decides to forgive her and help her escape from her unhappy situation. He also realizes that his family is not so bad after all, and that he loves them for who they are. He returns to his family with a new appreciation and gratitude for them. He also decides to continue writing for the magazine and pursue his dreams. 061ffe29dd