A Ladder to the Sky: A Novel

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John Boyne’s A Ladder to the Sky is a riveting, darkly humorous story starring a sociopathic writer that readers will love to hate. Maurice Swift wants nothing more than to be a lauded author. Writing itself comes easily to Maurice and his storytelling abilities are impressive; however, he struggles endlessly to invent an original plot worth telling. But Maurice doesn’t let this unfortunate barrier stop him from achieving his dream. He’ll do whatever is necessary, no matter how it will destroy the lives of those closest to him, to rise through the ranks until he receives the critical acclaim that he is convinced he deserves.

This must-read satirical novel is unlike any of the other ten novels Boyne has written for adults and explores the meaning of a popular proverb: “Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.” In three parts with two interludes that mark the different stages of Maurice’s career, Boyne demonstrates exceptional skill in the way he writes in varied narrative form and viewpoints. The book begins with moderate displays of manipulation, deceit, and ambition. Halfway through the novel, Boyne ratchets up the excitement, evolving the story into a psychological thriller that will leave readers aghast until the final page.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 384 pages
Publisher Hogarth
Publish Date 2018-Nov-13
ISBN 9781984823014
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Issue February 2019
Category Modern Literature


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