The Cellist of Sarajevo by Stephen Galloway

The Cellist of Sarajevo was my latest read, and while I sometimes struggled to keep the characters sorted out, I truly enjoyed the story.   The Cellist of Sarajevo is set during the siege of the city during the 1990’s, I will openly admit to my ignorance of the real life chain of events, but I was only 10 years old.  What do you expect?

The story is told from the perspective of 3 different characters involvement in the events, all differently affected by what is going on around their city, and all trying to maintain some sort of normalcy in day-to-day life.  In the centre of all their stories, is the cellist who vows to play every day for 22 days at 4:00pm in the exact location that a mortar attack hit and killed 22 people waiting in line for bread.

The cellists daily performance provides the surviving citizens of Sarajevo with the hope that beauty and peace will some day return to their lives, and this is enough to keep them going while dealing with the harsh realities of no running water, no electricity and daily attacks by snipers.

You do not need to know the true chain of events to enjoy this book, it is a gripping and emotional read.

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