Bestseller Ascension Creat Steven Galloway is Kindle Galloway was born in Vancouver and raised i
Bestseller Ascension Creat Steven Galloway is Kindle Galloway was born in Vancouver, and raised in Kamloops, British Columbia He attended the University College of the Cariboo and the University of British Columbia His debut novel, Finnie Walsh, was nominated for the Books in Canada First Novel Award His second novel, Ascension, was nominated for the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and has been translated into numerous languages His third novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo, was published in spring of 2008 It was heralded as the work of an expert by the Guardian, and has become an international bestseller with rights sold in 20 countries Galloway has taught creative writing at the University of British Columbia and taught and mentored creative writing in The Writer s Studio, at the writing and publishing program at Simon Fraser University.. It is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York s World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise This wire walk will end his career In this daring moment, Steven Galloway oIt is the summer of 1976 and Salvo Ursari, a man of retirement age, is walking on a taut wire strung between the Twin Towers of New York s World Trade Center, almost fourteen hundred feet above the city Far below him in the gaping crowd stands his wife, Anna, to whom he has made a solemn promise This wire walk will end his career In this daring moment, Steven Galloway opens his riveting novel about Salvo Ursari, whose life begins in 1919 amid a Transylvanian boyhood inhabited by gypsy folklore and inspired by the bravery of his persecuted people Salvo s story moves irresistibly from a tragic fire that envelops his family, to street life in Budapest, where he learns the skills of a wire walker, to the carnivals of Europe and the competitive world of the American circus Most fulfilled when living with paradox, Salvo feels safest while performing startling feats of balance on a wire high above the dangerous world and most endangered if performing above a net With compassion, warmth, and blazing originality, Ascension combines jaw dropping storytelling, and fantastical symbolism with mesmerizing detail of Romany and circus culture, and an unforgettable walk with the amazing Salvo Ursari.. The best Book Ascension Heart stopping opening first chapter introducing the reader to Salvo walking a high wire between the twin towers in New York. Wondered if this might spoil the book, knowing the ending, but it did not. Characters were wonderful. Loved Miksa, Salvo's father, and his ability to remain so positive despite his difficult life. He accepted the troubles that faced him and focused on the moments of good. Really interesting picture of Roma life and the conflict with Hungarian gdjaje. This conflict ultimately leads to tragedy for Salvo.Loved the sense of family throughout the book and the manner in which they stuck together, although again this causes various tragic incidents. Salvo seeks put an Aunt who lives in Budapest having married a Hungarian gadje. For some reason Salvo almost seems to sabotage this, despite being alone in the world and has to move on. For a section of the book, Salvo is alone, developing his high wire skills and becoming the best. He is focused and determined, feeling fear on the ground but for some reason not on the wire, feeling alive and mortal.He had strange fears bearing in mind his passion for risk. Salvo was frightened of the dark (ok) and elephants (not sure why). Andras and sister Etal find refuge with the mor Roma people. Neither Salvo nor Andras are treated that kindly and always seems to be an element of suspicion because of their ethnicity. Culture is a theme of the book.The family are reunited to some degree and Salvo falls in love. His brother, Andras and he are very different but respect each other and spend much of their lives together. Andreas stands by Salvo despite often disagreeing with him. Etal is an interesting character, self contained and unemotional but adored by her brothers.The family become top performers within a circus. At times, the sections detailing ownership of the circus become a little dull but it is an aside. Similarly, the Roma stories are interesting but a bit repetitive.There is a period when Salvo stops performing and a part of him seems to die as he needs it so badly. However, he is to return and it feels inevitable that there will be consequences. I loved this book. It is well written and beautiful whilst also sad. Seem to remember feeling the same about Cellist of Sarajevo which I also highly recommend.
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