Sunday, March 6, 2022

63 Things About Me: #55 - And That Everyone Else Should Experience

Thing about me #55 is not a "highlight" of my life, but did change it in ways unimaginable by me at the time.

There is a book. A short and beautiful book, "The Cellist of Sarajevo". In short prose and disarmingly simple English it tells the heartbreaking story of a single musician during the Siege of Sarajevo. It is from the perspective of a man who sees his hometown destroyed, not by bombs and snippers - sure, but by those as well - but more by the inhumanity of friends and neighbors that took up arms to kill each other. And he sees a beauty in this man who plays music publically in the face of death.

It is a story that pulls on your heart without resorting to theatrical antics, gore, or Spielbergian twists. It opens your mind to the suffering of others without screaming pain at you, but quiet heartbreak. And it is the story of a man that illustrated unintended heroism in the face of hate and war.

I cannot recommend it enough. Particularly now, during the destruction and death of Ukraine.

Below is a question (and answer) about the story. (Here is a link to buy the book from Amazon for a sale price of $10.99 for paperback or kindle - if you want.)

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