Ascension - Steven Galloway Reviews
Description:ISBN 184354752X / Genre: Fiction / Author: Steven Galloway / Paperback / 288 Pages / Book is published 2010-02-01 by Atlantic Books
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Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven GallowaySarajevo Serenade (1697 words)
by fizzywizzy - written on 17/01/09 (Very useful, 472 readings)
One of the cruelest events of the siege of Sarajevo was the shelling in 1992 of a group of civilians as they queued in the street in the hope of buying some bread. Twenty-two people lost their lives. Not long afterwards a musician living in an apartment overlooking the scene dragged his cello out onto the street and there he played Albinoni s Adagio in G Minor at a different time each day for twenty-two days. Sometimes a small crowd would gather to listen, often bringing flowers to lay in front of the cellist or in the crater caused by the shelling. "The Cellist of Sarajevo" is a fictionalised account of this event, told from the points of view of three ...
Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven GallowayThe message is greater than the Cellist (311 words)
by senoritablonde - written on 16/02/09 (Very useful, 111 readings)
When this journey is first embarked upon, there is an element of surprise due to the nature of the language Galloway uses. Considering the subject matter, one would have thought that a wider vocabulary would be needed to discuss the intricacies of the turbulent subject of war. Perhaps not though, as the predicament of the individual protagonists that the book conveys, and the mortal dangers they face on a daily basis are beautifully written, albeit in a simplistic fashion. It is interesting how the four key characters are all separately drawn to the Cellist, who steadily becomes less important. What he stands for gradually turns out to be of greater magnitude. Through ...