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The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway The Cellist of Sarajevo is a book where fact and fiction blend to tell a story of ordinary people and the terror of war.

Fact A cellist who has been the principal cellist of the Sarajevo Sympaathy Orchestra until the war came to the city witnesses a shelling that takes the lives of twenty two civilians, in defiance the cellist decides to play for 22 days in tribute to mark their deaths.

Fiction Around this event the author imagines the lives of four characters and so we see everyday life through their eyes in a city torn apart by War.

The book is well written and does draw the reader in and gives an insight into the hardships of the war what life was like for the people caught up in the conflict. However there is little background on the actual war and I had to do a little research to remind myself of the politics that led to this siege in order to connect fully to the story.

The characterisation is well done and I found myself immersed in daily routines and lives. A cellist, A man trying to cross the city to get water, a baker and a sniper assigned to protect the cellist all make this story a worthwhile read.

An interesting and thought provoking book. I listened to this one on audio and the narration was really good.