I decided to read The Cellist of Sarajevo after Natasha's review on Maw Books Blog. Like her, I had no previous knowledge before reading this book of the Siege of Sarajevo in which the citizens of Sarajevo were attacked and assaulted from the surrounding hillsides between April of 1992 until February of 1996. During that time, after a mortar attack kills 22 people queuing for bread, a musician sits in the street and plays his cello for 22 days in a row in order to honour the dead.
The Cellist of Sarajevo doesn't focus on the cellist himself but the hope that his music brings to people while being surrounded by such violence and despair, where everyday occurrences like crossing the street, finding food and water for their family is fraught with danger.
It was a sad story, but very hopeful as well. Each of the characters reminisce about the Sarajevo before they knew before the war, how differently their lives have changed and what it means to keep hold of their humanity in such dire circumstances. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but I was still glad to have read this book. I felt very emotional while reading this book, constantly close to tears reading about the strength of the human spirit to withstand such atrocities. And atrocities that happened so recently as well.
I'm so happy that you read this book! I LOVE your cover. So much better than the copy that I read.ReplyDelete
I wasn't very impressed with the ending either. It was a great book, but I hoped that the different threads of the story would be drawn together at the end. Like you I'm glad I read it though.ReplyDelete
Michelle, you are creating havoc with my TBR pile lately. You have been reading such fabulous books which I have but haven't got around to yet, that I keep having to change my pile around to try and fit them in. This is the only one I don't seem to have and now I am kicking myself for picking up and putting it down again, when it was half price at Waterstones. Fantastic review - will have to buy it now!ReplyDelete
This was one of my favourite reads from last year! It was not a subject matter I was familiar with, either, so I learned a lot!ReplyDelete
I recently added this to my list. I like that the story is about the people around the cellist. Do you learn about the cellist as well?ReplyDelete
I thought this book was very good; great review.ReplyDelete
I've been wanting to read this book for awhile now...thanks for reminding me about it :)ReplyDelete
I can't wait to read this book. Hopefully, I can get to it soon.ReplyDelete