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Meriyll: The Most Read Book by Albanian Teenagers - Why You Should Read It Too


Meriyll: A Novel by Viktor Canosinaj




Have you ever read a book that touched your heart and made you think about your own life? A book that showed you the reality of social problems and how they affect young people? A book that inspired you to overcome difficulties and find hope in love and friendship? If not, then you should read Meriyll, a novel by Viktor Canosinaj, one of the most popular Albanian writers for children and teenagers.




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Introduction




In this article, we will explore what Meriyll is about, who Viktor Canosinaj is, why Meriyll is important, and what we can learn from it. We will also summarize the main events and characters of the novel, analyze its themes and style, and conclude with some reflections on how we can apply Meriyll to our lives.


What is Meriyll about?




Meriyll is a novel for young adults that was first published in 2000. It belongs to the genre of social problem novels, which deal with issues such as poverty, violence, abuse, addiction, trafficking, etc. It is the most successful work of Viktor Canosinaj, and it has been reprinted several times, becoming a bestseller. It was also included in the Honour List of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) for 2002. According to surveys, it is the most read book by Albanian teenagers.


The novel tells the story of Meriyll, a 13-year-old girl who loses her mother and has to take care of her younger brother and sister while her father becomes an alcoholic. She faces many challenges and dangers in her life, but she also finds support and love in Sidi, her best friend from school. Together, they overcome the obstacles and find hope for a better future.


Who is Viktor Canosinaj?




Viktor Canosinaj was born in May 1960 in Vlora, a city in southern Albania. In 1965, his family moved to Durrës, the main port and the second largest city of Albania, where he spent his childhood and youth. He studied Albanian language and literature at university and worked as a teacher in a rural school until 1990. He then became a journalist and news editor for various media outlets. He currently works as a language editor at the Albanian Parliament.


Viktor Canosinaj started his literary activity at a young age, writing poems and stories. His first book was a novella for children, published in 1981. In 1984, he published his first historical novel for children. In 1989, he published his first novel for adults, Four Stars in the City, which won a national prize and sold out quickly. He has written more than 50 books for children and adults, covering various genres such as fantasy, adventure, mystery, humor, etc.


Why is Meriyll important?




Meriyll is an important book because it reflects the reality of many young people who live in difficult social conditions. It shows the problems that they face every day, such as poverty, violence, abuse, addiction, trafficking, etc. It also shows how these problems affect their physical and mental health, their education, their relationships, their dreams, etc.


However,Meriyll is not only a book about problems. It is also a book about solutions. It shows how young people can cope with their challenges and find ways to overcome them. It shows how they can rely on their inner strength and their values to resist temptation and corruption. It shows how they can find support and love in their family and friends to heal their wounds and restore their hope.


Meriyll is also an important book because it raises awareness and empathy among its readers. It helps them understand the situation of young people who live in different circumstances than theirs. It helps them appreciate what they have and not take it for granted. It helps them respect and help others who need it more than them.


Summary of Meriyll




The main characters




Meriyll




Meriyll is the protagonist of the novel. She is a 13-year-old girl who lives in Tirana with her father and her two younger siblings: Albi (10 years old) and Klara (6 years old). She goes to school with her best friend Sidi. She loves reading books and playing basketball.


Meriyll's life changes dramatically when her mother dies in a car accident. She has to take care of her brother and sister while her father becomes an alcoholic who neglects his family and loses his job. She has to work as a babysitter for a neighbor to earn some money for food and bills. She also has to deal with some bullies at school who mock her for being poor.


Meriyll is a brave, smart, kind-hearted girl who loves her family deeply. She tries to do her best to keep them together despite all the difficulties. She also tries to keep up with her studies despite having little time or resources. She dreams of becoming a writer someday.


Sidi




Sidi is Meriyll's best friend from school. He is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his mother in a small apartment near Meriyll's house. His father left them when he was little.


Sidi is a loyal her as her guardian. She says goodbye to her family and friends, who wish her good luck and happiness. She also says goodbye to Sidi, who gives her a necklace with a star pendant as a gift. He tells her that he will always be with her in spirit and that he will call her every day. He also tells her that he has written a song for her and that he will sing it to her when she returns. He asks her to promise him that she will come back soon and that she will never forget him. She promises him that she will and that she will never forget him either.


Meriyll boards the plane with a smile on her face and tears in her eyes. She looks at the necklace and feels Sidi's love in her heart. She looks at the window and sees the sky full of stars. She feels hopeful and excited about her future. She closes her eyes and dreams of writing a book about her life and dedicating it to Sidi.


Conclusion




Meriyll is a novel that teaches us many valuable lessons about life, such as:


  • We should never give up on our dreams, no matter how hard they seem.



  • We should always be grateful for what we have and not complain about what we don't have.



  • We should always help others who are in need and not judge them by their appearance or situation.



  • We should always respect ourselves and others and not let anyone abuse us or take advantage of us.



  • We should always trust our instincts and not fall for traps or lies.



  • We should always be honest and loyal to ourselves and others and not betray or hurt them.



  • We should always cherish our family and friends and not take them for granted.



  • We should always love with all our heart and not be afraid to express our feelings.



Meriyll is a novel that inspires us to overcome our challenges and find hope in love and friendship. It shows us that we are not alone in this world and that we can always count on someone who cares for us and supports us. It shows us that we can always make a difference in this world and that we can always make it a better place.


FAQs




  • What is the genre of Meriyll?



Meriyll is a social problem novel, which deals with issues such as poverty, violence, abuse, addiction, trafficking, etc.


  • Who is the author of Meriyll?



The author of Meriyll is Viktor Canosinaj, one of the most popular Albanian writers for children and teenagers.


  • When was Meriyll published?



Meriyll was first published in 2000. It has been reprinted several times since then.


  • What is the main message of Meriyll?



The main message of Meriyll is that we should never give up on our dreams, no matter how hard they seem, and that we should always find hope in love and friendship.


  • Who are the main characters of Meriyll?



The main characters of Meriyll are Meriyll, a 13-year-old girl who loses her mother and has to take care of her family; Sidi, her best friend from school who loves her and helps her; Albi, her younger brother who is rebellious and impulsive; Klara, her younger sister who is sweet and innocent; Nora, their neighbor who is involved in human trafficking; Genci and Redi, two bullies who work for Nora; Ms.Elona, their literature teacher who supports Meriyll; Ms.Ariani, Klara's teacher who helps Meriyll; etc.



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