A Ladder to the Sky (Large Print / Library Binding)

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The subject of Boyne's newest novel is Maurice Swift, a handsome, clever, and, above all, ambitious would-be author, whose skill at manipulating people who can help him climb the ladder of success is at once deplorable and fascinating.  Maurice's story is narrated in the first person by the two people he hurts the most and finally by Maurice himself. Boyne's way of dealing with questions of Maurice's morality will make the reader flinch and then start wondering if this anti-hero will fall off the ladder before he manipulates us into thinking that what he has done is somehow justifiable. The novel is also a look at the world of writing and publishing and raises questions about the ownership of ideas. 

— Alice

November 2018 Indie Next List


“Maurice Swift is a man you won’t soon forget: handsome and charming, but above all else ambitious. He dreams of being the greatest writer of his generation and has no qualms about using the people in his orbit and conning his way to the top of his field. John Boyne has given us a truly memorable character in Maurice, but more than that, he’s given us a novel with an ingenious structure and terrific dialogue that entertains the larger question of who can ever really own a story. This is a fantastic, thoughtful tale that even in its darkest moments is a thrill to read.”
— Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL

Winter 2019 Reading Group Indie Next List


“Maurice Swift, a sociopathic writer with massive ambition but little talent, lures victims with his beauty, betraying their trust with his typewriter. In this devastating character study of creative ambition, Boyne takes a few satisfying pokes at literary pretensions while demonstrating the crucial skill he denies Maurice: the ability to plot a great story. Also, the late Gore Vidal appears as a character in just the way one would imagine him.”
— Sharon Flesher, Brilliant Books, Traverse City, MI



Product Details
ISBN: 9781432859725
ISBN-10: 1432859722
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: December 26th, 2018
Language: English