Cellist of Sarajevo - Steven Galloway
A novel based on the events of Sarajevo, April 5th 1992-February 29th 1996 in the Bosnian War, in particular when 22 civilians were killed in the marketplace when trying to buy food. A cellist played Albinoni's Adagio in G minor for 22 days afterwards, in their memory.
The group found this book profound and thought-provoking, a superb novel, but better read in small doses. It deals with the horrors of war, yet shows that there is good in bad, and bad in good. Terrible decisions had to be made, with normal life stripped away and just surviving a challenge. Retaining humanity is another. Some are ruined by the experience, others can live with the memories.
The cellist managed to escape fairly early on. He did not like the novel, and we wondered why.
One member holidayed in the district in 2018, and was shocked to see the damage still in evidence.
The group felt the book can be classed as a modern classic.
Marks out of 10 - range between 8 and 9.
Recommend to a friend - unanimous - Yes, to the right friend.