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The Cellist of Sarajevo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2009

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    I read many books, and I don't write a review about many, but this book was amazing. it tells the story of people's life during the Siege so well, and cover only little parts but tells you enough so that you can imagine what else it was like. I am bosnian and my family went through this war. My relatives say it catches enough grief that anymore would haunt you for a while.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

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    Poetic and Breathtaking

    The Cellist of Sarajevo tunes a melancholy story of four civilians thrust in a callous war orchestrated by invisible snipers - "the men in the hills." Once a city of concord and delightful memories, Sarajevo is now a corrupted city plagued by death, poverty, and fear. Weaved together are the stories of a Sarajevan sniper, father, baker, and musician. Each make sacrifices and take murderous risks that could cost them their lives for their families and the love of their city. Galloway threads momentous parallels and thought-provoking questions that would give you pause should you put yourself in these characters' positions. He forces you to ask yourself, "Would I do the same thing in this situation? What would I do differently?" Imbued with fulgurate language and word choice, Galloway illustrates the art of stitching yourself together in times of trial, keeping faith in a ramshackle city, and clutching memories to the heart like a worn photograph in remembrance.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Haunting Reminder of the Importance of Community

    In the afterword Galloway says " At four o'clock in the afternnon on May 27, 1992, during the Siege of Sarajevo, several mortar shells struck a group of people waiting to buy bread behind the market on Vase Miskina. Twenty-two people were killed and at least seventy were wounded. For the next twenty-two days Vedran Smailovic, a renowned local cellist, played Albinoni's Adagio in G Minor at the site in honor of the dead. His actions inspired this novel."

    During the Sieg of Sarajevo, which lasted four years, those who remained were left to fight for survival. Fighting meant making it one more day. Routine activities such as access to fresh water became an arduous, day long journey always with the prospect that sniper bullets from the hills would strike you down.

    The Cellist of Sarajevo follows the lives of four people, who day by day, try to live long enough to rebuild Sarajevo back into the city of their memories. All four lives intersect and are affected by the cellist. For some the cellist's music reminds them of the humanity that once existed both in themselves and in the city, for some it simply resurrects the comfort of memories from times past, and for others it is a reminder that all one can do is all that he/she can do, and that means something.

    This is a beautiful story that illustrates the importance of commitment to ideals and to community.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Awe inspriring

    The writing may not have been rhe best, but the story is something truly wonderful. A stronlgy suggested read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Amazing Read

    This book is certainly not a "light" read. Galloway's writing is incredible and makes you feel as if you are right there with the characters. This book is one that changes your view on life and makes you grateful for all you have, without being preachy about it. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    Cellist of Sarajevo is enlightening

    I didn't know much about the war in Sarajevo until reading this book. It made me look up more information about the war. It was an easy read and even though it deals with a depressing subject, it had it's joyful moments and overall left me with a feeling of hope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Highly recommended

    I loved this book and savored each chapter. It's a timely and stirring novel, brilliantly written, about a few weeks during the siege of Sarajevo. Although its content is harsh, the novel is compassionate and humanistic. Hauntingly beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    Will haunt me for a long time . . .

    There are very few books that stir me to write reviews though I have read many many books. However, Cellist is simply haunting. Galloway transports the reader back to the early 1990s with ease and reminds each and every one of us what it is to be human. A must read!

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