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The Cellist of Sarajevo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    Brief but Powerful

    In its brevity, the Cellist of Sarajevo packs a mighty punch of reflection on what it is to live life, rather than just going through the motions. An interesting concurrent telling of characters' lives during a snapshot in time, set in the context of the Sarajevo Siege of the 1990's. I admit to rushing through the last third of the book in order to finish for book club and already want to re-read it to fully reflect on the story. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Work of subtle art

    Galloway handles the depiction of human nature with tact and eery accuracy. The dialogue is engaging and realistic; Galloway captures the essence of speech in sparse but elegant dialogue. The characters' emotional tension is handled well and the action, while a little slow-moving, is purposeful and evocative of one's humanity, as Yann Martel puts it. One limitation, or perhaps strength, is that the artistry of the prose is strongest in the introduction and denouement; somehow the rising action is not quite as indulgent. Nonetheless, beautiful overall.

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  • Posted July 9, 2009

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    the music of hope

    The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway (Book Review)
    The Cellist of Sarajevo is a fictional account of the Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s. It is beautifully written by Steven Galloway and published by Atlantic Books. Its ISBN is 1843547414. The book's theme is the destruction and carnage of war and the fragility of life. From the three characters Arrow, Dragan and Kenan we get their different perspectives of the civil war and its daily struggles to retain humantity and survival. They long for normaility and through their flashbacks we learn what ordinary life was like in Sarajevo before the civil war.Amidst sniper shots the people travel to work or go and collect water and amidst this chaos there is a cellist. The cellist plays his music at the same spot in the bread line for 22 days where 22 people were killed. It is the music of hope and of inspiration and Arrow the counter sniper protects the cellist and thus her city and culture. Everyday basic needs like electricity and water are gone, family are suffering or in exile and yet they struggle to retain humantity and joy in the little things of life.It is a sad and moving book that transends time and place. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Music to My Ears

    This book has an original plot and characters and is an excellent read. But I think it's a book that you need to make some time for, i.e. - not a beach read at all. We all know the horrors of war and this little book brings them out yet again

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