Maurice. Some of the finest protagonists in literature are the despicable ones. John Boyne gives readers the embodiment of our me-first culture in a finely written novel titled, A Ladder to the Sky. Maurice Swift knows how to use others to his advantage, and Boyne knows how to draw readers into Maurice’s world, and lead us into an entertaining adventure of manipulation, deceit and immorality. When all societal norms and golden rules are set to the side, we are left with Maurice who stops at nothing to get what he wants. The writing is terrific, and the critique of ladder climbing is spot on.
Rating: Five-star (I love it)
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