Here’s a book that I recommend, if you haven’t already discovered it. The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway, a fellow Canadian. It’s a treat to read something so well-written and evocative. It’s not a happy story, but rather a reminder of the brutalities of war, and in the midst of that, the triumph of the human spirit. Two outstanding things about the writing: the three-time repetition of a certain sentence (I won’t tell you what it is, don’t want to spoil it) and the matter-of-fact writing. It wasn’t until after I finished reading that I felt the impact of the story. If you’ve read this book, I’d be very interested to hear your reactions; it would be great if you’d leave me a comment.