[Summary A Ladder to the Sky] Ebook Author John Boyne

Summary A Ladder to the Sky

Maurice Swift is handsome charming and hungry for success The one thing he doesn't have is talent but he's not about to let a detail like that stand in his way After all a would be writer can find stories anywhere They don't need to be his own Working as a waiter in a West Berlin hotel in 1988 Maurice engineers the perfect o. Everyone has secrets I had remarked There s something in all our pasts that we wouldn t want to be revealed This book was extraordinary I can t think of a appropriate way to put it It s a story made up of fascinating characters amusing literary criticism fantastic dialogue and moments of such terrifying desperation and horror that I sat staring wide eyed at my KindleAnd I wasn t sure about it at first to be honest Books about writers the publishing process and literary criticism are not usually my cup of tea but I fell so deeply in love with Boyne s The Heart s Invisible Furies that I wanted to give this a shot And I am so so glad that I did While A Ladder to the Sky is most definitely a character study it s seemingly uiet nature soon gives way to dark secrets and unbelievable horrors I can t stop thinking about itThe story is built up via a compelling past tense narrative that seems to foreshadow an inevitable doom Each section of the book starts fairly innocuously but through carefully crafted character dynamics something much sinister emerges In the first part of the novel aging author Erich Ackermann becomes enad with a beautiful young man and aspiring writer called Maurice Swift His obsession with Maurice leads him to naivete trusting him with ugly truths from his early life as a gay second degree mischling in Nazi Germany truths which Maurice then uses for his first novel Erich s career is destroyed when he is revealed as the inspiration behind the book while Maurice s takes offAfter a brief interlude which features a meeting between Maurice and Gore Vidal and the witty insights we would expect from him the next section reveals that Maurice is now married This part is narrated by his wife and addressed to you or Maurice an effective choice which is made even effective when we eventually discover the reason whyMaurice is one fascinating character in a sea of fascinating characters here He is an attractive man who uses his looks and careful manipulation to further his ambitions but the uestion is how far is he willing to go for a story ideaIt s really effective how the darker aspects of this story creep into what first seems like a uiet character study about art and writing Boyne explores the fine lines between first love and obsession between competition and jealousy between ambition and fanaticism and he does it all with dashes of the wit and humour I so loved in The Heart s Invisible Furies It is especially interesting how he looks at blame and who deserves to be held accountable for their actions Not just with Maurice but with Erich too Erich is such a complex character old lonely desperate carrying a terrible secret and at a glance his punishment might even seem fitting But is it Are there terrible circumstances which demand exceptions to be made Perhaps In any case it is hard to feel any satisfaction at his downfallIt s just an absolutely captivating book about people and their stories the ones they tell and the ones they don t I MUST read of Boyne s workCW antisemitism rape murder racism homophobiaBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube

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A Ladder to the Sky

He knows he can stop at nothing in pursuit of that high Moving from the Amalfi Coast where he matches wits with Gore Vidal to Manhattan and London Maurice hones his talent for deceit and manipulation preying on the talented and vulnerable in his cold blooded climb to the top But the higher he climbs the further he has to fal. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne is a 2018 Hogarth Press publication And you ve heard the old proverb about ambition haven t you He shook his head That it s like setting a ladder to the sky A pointless waste of energy Maurice Swift may be one of the most calculating literary characters in recent memory His goal is to be a great writer to win the big literary prize However he has no imagination of his own He can t outline a plot or create characters so he uses his good looks and charisma to draw stories from other people His first success comes from suckering the newly famous author Erich Ackermann a man who is totally smitten with Maurice into telling him stories about his life prior to becoming a well known and respected writer This pays off for Maurice uite well propelling him into the spotlight From this point on Maurice latches on to one author after another sucking everything out them and leaving broken hearts and tragedy in his wake He does this with malice aforethought without conscience without regret He is deliciously diabolical with a deviousness one can t help but compare to Mr Ripley This is my first novel by the famous Mr Boyne Yes you read that right I have not been tempted by his YA novel about a boy in striped PJ s but I did want to catch The Heart s Invisible Furies but will have to pick it sometime in the future My first impression of this author is one of astonishment This book is incredible I love dark humor and deep character studies and anything that pokes a satirical stick at the publishing industry always tickles me I m not sure why climbing into the mind of a sociopath is so mesmerizing but I was literally spellbound I couldn t turn away couldn t believe what I was reading It was utterly chilling Writers are all fascists We like to control the discourse and crush anyone who dares to disagree with usThe prose is exuisite especially considering the book is centered around such a despicable character The scary thing is that Boyne nails so many parts of this character and those who fall prey to his machinations as well as the environment that helped Maurice pull off his deceptions It was a little eerie to be honest but oh so fun I can t say much without delving into the plot but I can tell you this This is my kind of book I m so glad I managed to tuck this one in at the eleventh hour so I can add it as one of my favorite books of 2018

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Pportunity a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann He uickly ingratiates himself with the powerful but desperately lonely older man teasing out of Erich a terrible long held secret about his activities during the war Perfect material for Maurice's first novel Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame. It is a story that is as old as time itself common in our human history and a major source of inspiration for writers producing great literature from the likes of Shakespeare to Patricia Highsmith s Tom Ripley the unleashing of a ferocious power hungry ambition nakedly unfettered ruthless as it wreaks tragedy and destruction in its wake doing whatever is deemed necessary to achieve the sought after obsessive dream After the brilliance of The Heart s Invisible Furies John Boyne gives us a mesmerising psychological drama with its coldly manipulative and ambitious Maurice Swift an adeuate if mediocre writer but lacking the elusive inspirational spark that produces great novels he is blessed with charisma and good looks A sociopath a man desperate enough to steal stories to succeed in his desire to win literary prizes having no issues when it comes to betrayal of anyone willing to sell his soul for literary worldly acclaim In a tale that begins in the 1980s through to the present it shifts from Berlin and Europe the US to Britain today we follow Swift from his initial encounter with Cambridge academic and literary prize winner novelist Erich Ackermann whose past life story he exploits to gain his entry into the glittering world he so craves and his ensuing career and family Will there be an accounting of his actions and behaviour What I can say is that not everyone is taken in by his persona With dark comic humour Boyne once again demonstrates his ability to give us fascinating and gripping storytelling with a central character that rivals the great Tom Ripley whilst pondering over the thorny issue of who owns stories A brilliant read that I do not hesitate in recommending highly Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC


10 thoughts on “A Ladder to the Sky

  1. says:

    Everyone has secrets I had remarked There’s something in all our pasts that we wouldn’t want to be revealed This book was extraordinary I can't think of a appropriate way to put it It's a story made up of fas

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    I personally love reading books and straddling that fine line between “loving the book” and “wishing you could unhinge your jaw and a swarm of locusts fly out of your mouth to attack the book”My feelings for this book are still flashing like a flipped coin end over end—hate love hate love hate love—endlessly combining

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    Masterfully manipulative Cunning Ingenious Exceptional There are times when the sheer cleverness involved with what I’ve just read reuires time to ruminate before some semblance of coherent thought can be strung together So here I sit—two months post read—hoping to express just how impressive I found this creative gem to be If the fact that this book is still lingering in the forefront of my mind after so long—and a dozen other b

  4. says:

    It is a story that is as old as time itself common in our human history and a major source of inspiration for writers producing great literature from the likes of Shakespeare to Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley the unleashing of a ferocious power hungry ambition nakedly unfettered ruthless as it wreaks tragedy and destruction in its wake doing whatever is deemed necessary to achieve the sought after obsessive dream After the bril

  5. says:

    THIS BOOK WOWED ME Meet Maurice Swift whose single purpose in life is to become a famous novelist Beware Maurice is a story thief He will steal your stories and in essence your soul Maurice will do whatever it takes to get to the top but he was one major problem standing in his way he lacks creativity While he

  6. says:

    In the same way Vampires hunger for blood protagonist Maurice Swift hungers for stories John Boyne has created a literary Vampire Swift will trade stories for organisms He’s not wired sexually like most men He has no desire for sex with either men or women Sex is just one of his power tools to achieve his needs STORIES Maurice is

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    ”I was a good looking boy and I brought him back to life I may have taken advantage of his good nature but why not? I flirted with him made sure that I remained sexually ambiguous at all times Always a possibility but never a certainty I led

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    A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne is a 2018 Hogarth Press publication “And you’ve heard the old proverb about ambition haven’t you?” He shook his head “That it’s like setting a ladder to the sky A pointless waste of energy”Maurice Swift may be one of the most calculating literary characters in recent memory His goal is to be a great writer to win the big literary prize However he has no imaginati

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    In evolutionary biology parasitism is a relationship between species where one organism the parasite lives on or in another organism the host causing it some harm and is adapted structurally to this way of life1 The entomologist E O Wilson has

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    When you get ready to read a book by an author whose two previous books wound up at the top of your year end best lists and they're truly among some of the best books you've read at least in the last decade you get a little nervous whether lightning will strike thrice