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A Ladder to the Sky

de John Boyne

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Aspiring writer Maurice Swift, whose desire for fame exceeds his talent, uses a chance meeting with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann in a West Berlin hotel in 1988 to obtain secrets about Ackermann's wartime activities, which becomes material for his first novel. Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, 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 fall.… (mais)
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This was part thriller, part send up of the fictional publishing world, part Horror if you can believe it. John Boyne is a favorite of mine and this did not disappoint and I usually don't like thrillers. ( )
  scoene | Jul 13, 2021 |
Maybe a 4.5 - difficult to put down. Thanks Claudia Winkleman for the recommendation :D ( )
  Marshmalison | Dec 30, 2020 |
Wow! This was my 2nd John Boyne book and following The Hearts Invisible Furies, I had high expectations. This book was totally different and the storytelling was just truly impressive. This story follows Maurice Swift and his rise to fame as an "author". Maurice is introduced as a handsome young man who wants nothing more than to be a famous and celebrated writer.

“I think Maurice is whatever he needs to be, whenever he needs to be it. He's an operator, that's for sure.”
― John Boyne, A Ladder to the Sky

Maurice is actually not a likable guy and he does "whatever it takes" to get the story. But this book keeps you hooked through its dark humor and that this story brought to life through the people that guided (and assisted) Maurice along his way.

This story was truly unique and kept me on my toes. The middle lagged for me a bit but the ending was satisfying and I enjoyed when the tables were turned. A big thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book, all opinions are my own. ( )
  genthebookworm | Dec 19, 2020 |
Boyne does it again with a book that is immensely readable with a story that features a successful psychopath who gains fame from other people’s stories and writing. This book examines the utter void of a moral conscience of that character and his drive for fame and success at any cost and the complex, twisted life of deception he leads. Highly recommended. ( )
  dugmel | Sep 19, 2020 |
(43) I have read and loved ' The Heart's Invisible Furies,' and also enjoyed 'The Thief of Time'- I don't think I realized he has written quite a few others and this came across to me in a library suggestion - and I am glad it did. An author, Maurice Swift, is depicted at different stages of his life and career. From a young waiter aspiring to be a writer, to marriage with one successful book under his belt, to middle age - a father and owner of a literary journal, and finally to a sad old age. Sounds boring, right? Not so fast - it turns out Maurice is an abominable sociopath. Or is is that an exaggeration? - perhaps he is just doing what any successful artist needs to do. Where do our ideas for stories come from? Isn't everything derivative?

I find Boyne's writing to be so engaging - its not necessarily an edge of your seat mystery but I never want to put his novels down. The style is wry, direct, and unadorned but somehow the whole is nuanced. I didn't like this as much as 'Hearts,' the characters were not as memorable nor heart-breaking. Instead, I did not have mixed feelings about Maurice and did not relate or root for him as some of the book jackets comments suggested. I also felt that the underlying theme of the duplicity of artists/authors was catty. I'd rather not know that about the authors I admire. But it is just fiction, right?

Anyway, I will definitely read more by this author. At some point he should be at least long listed (in Maurice parlance) for one of his works. He is quite talented. ( )
  jhowell | Sep 6, 2020 |
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John Boyne's new novel, set in the literary world, features a psychopath so intriguing he'll keep you fascinated and appalled to the very end.

This is a hugely enjoyable novel about ambition, fraud, murder and the writing game from an author who, ever since global success of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas in 2006, has been fizzing with ideas, is a dab hand at telling a story and creates vividly arresting characters, too.
adicionado por bergs47 | editarThe Independent, John Boland (Aug 5, 2018)
 
As Picasso is once supposed to have said: good artists copy; great artists steal. It’s a motto by which Maurice Swift, the sociopathic and mesmeric antihero of John Boyne’s latest novel might well live his life.
adicionado por bergs47 | editarThe Observer, Hannah Beckerman (Aug 5, 2018)
 
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Aspiring writer Maurice Swift, whose desire for fame exceeds his talent, uses a chance meeting with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann in a West Berlin hotel in 1988 to obtain secrets about Ackermann's wartime activities, which becomes material for his first novel. Once Maurice has had a taste of literary fame, 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 fall.

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