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TitleA Ladder to the Sky
AuthorJohn Boyne
ISBN1984823019
ImprintJohn Boyne Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
FormatHardcover
Pages384

Description

The new novel from the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Heart s Invisible Furies , a seductive Highsmithian psychodrama following one brilliant, ruthless man who will stop at nothing in his pursuit of fame 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 opportunity a chance encounter with celebrated novelist Erich Ackermann He quickly 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, 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

Reviews

Meredith

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

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 lac... (Sign in to see more)


Paromjit

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

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 ... (Sign in to see more)


Larry H

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

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, or whether you re putting t... (Sign in to see more)


Elyse

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

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 ac... (Sign in to see more)


Tammy

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

Dark and delectable, Boyne s latest novel is compulsively readable Maurice has one consuming desire and that is to be a wildly successful writer Although he is able to craft sentences, he lacks the other critical element crucial to achieving his goal imagination What s a poor boy to do Well, he uses... (Sign in to see more)


Peter

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

MachiavellianJohn Boyne has this exceptional ability to place words on a page with such soul and meaning, that immediately you re immersed in a delicately unwinding story Nothing is forced, everything flows naturally The characters are developed with marvellous believability whilst illustrating intr... (Sign in to see more)


Diane S ☔

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

Boynes, Hearts Invisible Furies turned out to be my favorite book of last year In that one he gave me a character I absolutely loved, in this one he does the opposite Here, he gives us a character one loves to hate, a young man devoid of any redeeming characteristics Maurice Swift, a man who thinks ... (Sign in to see more)


Paula Kalin

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

Irish author John Boyne has written a masterpiece A Ladder to the Sky is brilliant Maurice Swift, is a so so author who wants to succeed as a writer It s his lifetime ambition, and he doesn t care how he gets there Beautiful, charming, and ruthless, Maurice can t come up with his own stories so he s... (Sign in to see more)


Felicia

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

John Boyne could write a 500 page play by play account of the sleeping habits of the maned three toed sloth that inhabits the Atlantic Forest of Brazil using only words that start with the letter Q and I have no doubt that it would be anything less than a compelling example of literary excellence.As... (Sign in to see more)


Debra

A Ladder to the Sky By John Boyne

Wowza John Boyne keeps getting better and better Each time he writes a book, he tops his last A ladder to the Sky has done just that This book is beautifully written, tragic, compelling and hard to put down Boyne has given me a character that I love to hate Maurice Swift is so deliciously amoral Mau... (Sign in to see more)


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