A Ladder to the Sky

A Ladder to the Sky

Large Print - 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.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2018.
Edition: Large Print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781432859725
Characteristics: 583 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.


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Jul 17, 2019

Well written, makes us confront what a slippery slope life is.

Mar 27, 2019

Excellent book. It poses numerous moral issues. Great for a book club selection, so much to discuss in terms of ethics and character. Interesting twists with some real life individuals introduced in the fiction book. Also, an interesting take on how the story is told, through multiple personalities and not exactly in the 1st person or 2nd or 3rd.
It also provides an insider view of the book publishing business and how success is created.
A bit too pat of an ending though. I sort of wished the author had not done that. Life doesn't always work that way.

Mar 06, 2019

"I just need to be a writer, that's all. It's all I've ever needed to be."
I had somewhat low expectations for this novel by Irish writer John Boyne, partly because of the forgettable title and partly because of the awful cover, although that's not his fault. But the novel, split into three sections and two interludes, really surprised me. It's protagonist, who has been compared to Tom Ripley, is a writer who avoids the usual struggles of a writer by stealing stories and ideas from other people, starting with an acclaimed German writer with a dark past. It's best not to go in without knowing too much of the plot. It gets quite dark, which I liked and though the protagonist is despicable, he's compelling. Gore Vidal appears as a character in one part. Boyne's better know for the very successful children's book "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas."

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