There is a very good chance that this has been the longest 30 days EVER. Whoops.
The Cellist of Sarajevo
“Why do you suppose he’s there? Is he playing for the people who died? Or is he playing for the people who haven’t? What does he hope to accomplish?”
This book is one that I happened upon by chance: I read it as a book club book and hadn’t even heard of it, or Galloway beforehand. If it weren’t for that book club, I never would have ever read it, and contemplating that fact makes me shudder. It’s set in a period of history that I know little about. The fact that this book is based on true events that have happened in my lifetime just about broke me: I felt both blessed and ashamed. It’s not a book though, about war, or about the siege of Sarajevo, it’s a book about everyday people, about hope and about courage. There are no large scale events nor does Galloway try to drown you with emotion; in fact, the power of this book lies in it’s simplicity. This book is a must read and deserves a place on every bookshelf.