Year 3, Book 79

79. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
For some reason when I picked up this book I had it in my head that it was a true story. It is not. It’s very loosely based on the events of the siege of Sarajevo in the early nineties. I don’t think the characters are based on anyone though. The story is told from the perspective of three people living through it: a sniper who is hired to protect the cellist from the snipers attacking the city when he comes out to play every day as a memorial to people who were killed in that location, a man who is attempting to get enough water for his family, and a man who is now living alone because he sent his family away. Although it wasn’t a true story and not a whole lot actually happened in the story, I think it gave a good perspective of how ordinary people are affected by living through a war. It’s a quick little read. I give it a 6 out of 10.

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