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The Cellist of Sarajevo

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The Cellist of Sarajevo Steven Galloway Men on the Hills Ordinary Citizens Britt, Clara, Jordann, Jenna, Keshia Media Ideas Over Here!! (in order) http://www.famacollection.org/eng/fama-collection/fama-original-projects/10/index.htmlthis is the media group that originally made the map
this one shows
-the actual guns used
-where the barricades were and the escape tunnel
-where the stadium is that they buried the bodies in He cares for his wife and children very much. He thinks nostalgically much of the time to flash back to happier times. Caring and also courageous while getting water for his family, risking his life for his family. His chapters are typically pretty tame, for he faces problems such as crossing the street in cover for safety, or whether he’ll be able to carry his families bottles as well as his neighbor’s. Lives with his sister and her family, however he seems to avoid their apartment. His wife and son fled to Italy before the war broke out. He assumes they’re in Italy because he hasn't heard from them for months. He connects with his wife’s old friend Emina, which makes him more positive and social. At the end of the book, there is a breakthrough in his mind as he realizes he wants to live in the city he once loved and knew, rather than living in the city that has corrupted these memories. No longer afraid to die he feels that he is no longer afraid to die and is able to go into the street to get the dead man. Themes Integrity Hate Life/Death Arrow/Alisa The Cellist Summary Symbols kenan's neighbor, mrs. ristovsky: difficult so that Kenan doesn't want to bring her water, she just is sick of the war and wants to end it, she can't overcome the hate like the other characters
the men on the hills
arrow changed her name "There are dead among the living, and theyy will be here long after this madness ends, if it ever ends" Significant Passage 8 New Words Connect to Our World What Did You Learn Recommendation Kenan Dragan She has isolated herself from everyone in the city, has only contact with her boss (Nermin) who dies. Respects the civilians of the city by choosing wisely as to who she should shoot she is very patriotic in the protection of her people. Hate of the city/ men on the hills has overpowered her so much that she has become isolated and even changed her name to Arrow, to separate the person she used to be. Luckily however, she overcomes her hatred, by realizing her abilities are beneficial when put to good use, protecting the city. A symbol of hope, for the people of Sarajevo. He is risking his life throughout the entire novel, twenty two days. Selfless, because he puts the people who died getting bread in front of himself. We don’t hear his voice in the novel as much as the other character’s, but it gives the reader their own perspective of him. He seems pretty neutral as a character. It’s amazing that he was never killed. Through his music he allowed the people of the city to stop and soak in the life around them. War was put on hold. Mrs. Ristovski's bottles, represent giving up, the inability to change "set in her ways", giving up, the cellist=hope ashes/color grey: "for days afterwords the ash of a million books floated down onto the city like snow" (112) men on the hill=people above others impersonal combat can't even see who you're shooting at mortar- a cannon very short in proportion to its bore, for throwing shells at high angles.

garbled- To mix up or distort to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible

conscripts- One compulsorily enrolled for service, especially in the armed force

inoperable- Not functioning; inoperative.

engulfing-To swallow up or overwhelm by or as if by overflowing and enclosing

unitary-Based on or characterized by one or more units.

frivolous-Unworthy of serious attention

disbanded- To cease to function as an organization I would recommend The Cellist of Sarajevo to anyone who contemplates the differences between inactivity and doing something; what is wrong and what is right; love and hate; life and death. This book adds insights to how we as humans are indecisive and change our beliefs often without knowing it or without meaning to. We decide how we change subconsciously based on events that seem insignificant in every day life, and this book demonstrates that. Clara here are some links to book reviews
http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=6077
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/jun/29/fiction.reviews3
http://bookblabbing.blogspot.ca/2011/12/review-cellist-of-sarajevo-by-steven.html While reading the novel “The Cellist of Sarajevo” written by Steven Galloway, I was put into the shoes of a civilian at war. I gained a significant understanding on the affects of how each one of them feel, their struggles and hardships from their on going conflict that they have to face. The reader gets a full feel of what it’s like, by narrating the story on four different characters perspectives. Each of them with a different jobs, characteristic and lifestyle. I learned what it would of felt like to be apart of the war and it made me realize how grateful I am to live in such a peaceful country. “She wonders what will be left standing when morning comes, whether there will be any noticeable difference in the appearance of the city. There must come a point where so much has been turned to rubble that ruining a little more makes no difference. It’s possible that point has already been reached.” pg. 194 The strong independent female leads from:
- The Hunger Games, Katniss
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Elisabeth
All of these women (including Arrow) stay secluded from society. They work alone and like to keep emotionally disconnected from the ones around them because of previous hurt. connected to take overs of the same manor, like the Holocaust. One person or group of people put themselves above everyone else, to take over an area, some of the minor characters had even experienced both of these. Arrow Kenan Dragan The Cellist "It screamed downward, splitting air and sky without effort. A target expanded in size, brought into focus by time and velocity. There was a moment before impact that was the last instant of things as they are. The visible world explodes." pg. 6 Characters Themes Symbols "It screamed downward, splitting air and sky without effort. A target expanded in size, brought into focus by time and velocity. There was a moment before impact that was the last instant of things as they are. The visible world explodes." pg. 6 New Words Connection What You Learned Recommendation *Being said throughout* Setting Summaries The Cellist of Sarajevo is a fictional story based on real events during the Siege of Sarajevo that took place from April 5th 1992 to February 29th 1996. However, in the book, the whole war was condensed into under a month.
One of the most significant things that took place during this war was the killing of 22 people outside lining up to buy bread. The cellist saw this happen, and after that, he went out into the street with a stool for 22 days in a row, one day for each person, to play Albinoni's Adagio on his cello. This is how he became known as the Cellist of Sarajevo.
There are three main characters other than the Cellist in this novel: Arrow, Dragan, and Kenan. Arrow is a female sniper with a natural gift for aim, who changed her identity along with the war. She believes in what she does and will only help the military of Sarajevo on the condition that she does it on her own terms and chooses her own targets. Dragan is an older man who had to let his wife and son leave to Italy before the war started. He is very down on life and his view of the city he once loved ever since the war started is just gray. He works at a bakery baking bread in Sarajevo, and takes a long time to cross streets because he is constantly afraid of losing his life. Kenan is a middle-aged man with a wife and three children still living in the bombed and broken Sarajevo. He has a downstairs neighbor named Mrs. Ristovski, whom he gets jugs of water for (and his family) every four days, despite her rudeness and unwillingness to make things easier for him. He goes bit of a distance from his building to the brewery where clean water pours into the streets 24/7. These three characters each have their own perspectives on what is happening in the streets of this bombarded city, but do not connect to each other during their individual sections in the book. -fictional story based on real events
-3 real years condensed into 22 days, the timeline of the book except for the first chapter with the cellist, is no more than a few days
-22 people in a bread line were hit by a mortar bomb and killed, the cellist watched
-the cellist sat in the crater and played Albinoni's Adagio on his cello, every day for 22 days Sarajevo capital city of Boznia & Herzegovina Arrow -Shoots one of the soldiers on the hills and has to escape the building
-is assigned to protect the cellist from enemy snipers
-is almost shot by the enemy sniper
-shoots the enemy sniper
-her commander is killed
-she is kidnapped
-she refuses to kill a civilian for her new commander
-men break into her apartment Kenan -leaves his family to get water from the brewery across the river and up the hill
-has to get his neighbor's bottles and wishes they had handles
-the brewery is mortar bombed while he is there
-he is so shocked that he can't move to help
-he crosses a different bridge on the way back
-goes to the market with his friend Ismet
-leaves to hear the cellist play for the last time
-watches his friend pay for relief rice that should have been free "They can fill up every spare scrap of land with graves, they can turn every park and football field and yard into a graveyard, and that still won't account for the dead. There are dead among the living, and they will be here long after this madness ends, if it ever ends." pg.215 Dragan -spends his whole timeline trying to make his way to work at the city bakery
-has a great fear of crossing the streets because any of them could be in a sniper's sights
-meets his friend Emina on his way
-she is shot in the arm crossing ahead of him and another man only called the man in the hat is shot twice and killed
-in the end he finds the courage to pull the body of the man off the street because there is a cameraman across the street and he doesn't want his city to be portrayed with bodies in the street
-often thinks of his wife and son who he sent to live in Italy when the war started Character Sketches Done Done Done "If this city is to die , it won't be because of the men on the hills, it will be because of the people in the valley. When they're content to live with death, to become what the men on the hills want them to be, then Sarajevo will die. pg. 237 Strong Female Roles - The Hunger Games, Katniss
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Elisabeth
These women (including Arrow) stay secluded from society. They work alone and like to keep emotionally disconnected from the ones around them because of previous hurt. The book shows us about war and what could be happening somewhere in the world. Much like the Holocaust one person or group of people put themselves above others and left devastation in their wake. Conscripts- One compulsorily enrolled for service, especially in the armed force

Disbanded- To cease to function as an organization

Engulfing-To swallow up or overwhelm by or as if by overflowing and enclosing

Frivolous-Unworthy of serious attention

Garbled- To mix up or distort to such an extent as to make misleading or incomprehensible

Inoperable- Not functioning; inoperative.

Mortar- a cannon very short in proportion to its bore, for throwing shells at high angles.

Unitary-Based on or characterized by one or more units. Done Done While reading the novel “The Cellist of Sarajevo” written by Steven Galloway, I was put into the shoes of a civilian at war. I gained a significant understanding on the affects of how each one of them felt, their struggles and hardships from their on going conflict that they have to face. The reader gets a full feel of what it’s like, by narrating the story on four different characters perspectives. Each of them with different jobs, characteristics and lifestyles. I learned what it would have felt like to be a part of the war and it made me realize how grateful I am to live in such a peaceful country. Done I would recommend The Cellist of Sarajevo to anyone who contemplates the differences between inactivity and doing something; what is wrong and what is right; love and hate; life and death. This book adds insights to how we as humans are indecisive and change our beliefs often without noticing it or without meaning to. We decide how we change subconsciously based on events that seem insignificant in everyday life, and this book demonstrates that. Done "They can fill up every spare scrap of land with graves, they can turn every park and football field and yard into a graveyard, and that still won't account for the dead. There are dead among the living, and they will be here long after this madness ends, if it ever ends." (Kenan, pg.215) Done “She wonders what will be left standing when morning comes, whether there will be any noticeable difference in the appearance of the city. There must come a point where so much has been turned to rubble that ruining a little more makes no difference. It’s possible that point has already been reached.” (Arrow, pg. 194) Done "If this city is to die , it won't be because of the men on the hills, it will be because of the people in the valley. When they're content to live with death, to become what the men on the hills want them to be, then Sarajevo will die. (Dragan, pg. 237) Done pg. 111-112
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