Steven Galloway’s novel “The Cellist of Sarajevo” reflects the conflict that took place in Bosnian. With the story unfolded, it makes us feel both sorry and relieved that the war is over. It is a great book holding the true value and power of music. It was the music that calmed the hopeless people and the soldiers at least for a few minutes and spread the harmony each day to palliate the constant fear and suffering of the residents’ living out there.
The novel actually kicks-off with the cellist recalling the ways his beloved city was affected by the war. One afternoon, as he looked out of the window, a shell hit the bakery outside his apartment causing the death of 22 people who were in a queue to buy bread. He was shocked by the incident, as a consequence, he determines to play a piece called Albonini’s Adagio for 22 days (exact no. of people killed in the attack) symbolizing hope rising from the ashes.
The Cellist of Sarajevo novel, in general, depicts the fear of the civil out there in Sarajevo during the time focusing the 3 main characters who never interacted with each other. One of the 3 characters is Kenan; a middle-aged Sarajevan father, whose life revolves around going on a dangerous trip to gather bottles of water from the town’s brewery for his family. Another character is Dragan; an old man, whose wife and son escaped to Italy as the war began, works at a bakery and brings home fresh bread to his sister’s family. And the final major character is a young female sniper name Arrow, who is trying to bring down the men occupying the hill above the city and is responsible to protect the cellist.
It is a beautiful story that through the cellist tries to retain the lost humanity and peace in the people of Sarajevo. Risking his own having no idea whether he will survive for the length of time or somebody would bomb him or shoot a bullet on him, he decides to restore the lost hope in the city than his own personal survival. Steven Galloway smarty traps us into his gripping story and makes us feel like we were one of those characters, we were on the streets with no ho hope of life, we were on the streets with a fear whether someone would shoot us as we cross the street. The story reminds us of what we loved about the city. I’m still not sure if I’ve found the right words, but there’s no doubt about the powerful and profound impact this story has had on me. If you are into music and the story that will grip under your skin, then this book is one for you. Try reading the book by performing The Cellist of Sarajevo boo download from the link mentioned below;