The Cellist of Sarajevo

Topics: Conflict, Character Pages: 3 (1181 words) Published: November 3, 2011
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Shirley Shi
My prediction for the novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, is that the novel is going to be out the siege in Sarajevo. It’s also going to be out a survival story for different kinds of characters in the novel. For example, on the inside flap of the novel, it said that a character in the story name Arrow, who is a counter sniper in the novel tries to protect the cellist from danger. The cellist had to stay in front of a bakery store, where a bomb killed twenty two people to play some tunes in memory of them.

The disclaimer of the novel tells the reader some information about what the novel is about, but not a lot of information. For example, the Toronto Star said “In this story of a battered city and its suffering residents, art is just a trinket. Art offers precious albeit fleeting, moments of solace and hope…profoundly stirring” This comment helps the reader to understand that the residents are suffering but it did not say how they are suffering. The comment only said why they are suffering and from what they are suffering. The residents are suffering from living in a battered city. The quotations in the novel helps the reader to understand the deeper meaning of a character or it can help the reader to understand the setting or the actions of what the character is doing.

The first few chapter of the novel is about the cellist. This first part of the book is the exposition of the novel. The cellist job was to play music in front of a bakery, where a bombed killed twenty two people, who were waiting in line to buy bread. The cellist had to stay in front of that bakery for twenty two days and play his cellist in memory of those who died. This first part of the book helps the reader to understand the cellist a little bit and also helps the reader to wonder how the cellist in the novel is going to survive because the cellist is out in the open, where he is not protected by a barrier or any protection.

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