Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman

The book that I have read chose to review is Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman. James ramsey Ullman was born in New York City in 1907. His highest-honored book was Banner in the Sky, but four of his books, including this one, were made into major motion pictures.

The main characters of this story are Rudi Matt, Franz Lerner, Frau Matt, John Winter, and Emil Saxo. Rudi is the son of the legendary mountain guide of the Alps, Josef Matt. He has mountain climbing in his blood and is destined to become a guide. He is the main character of the story. Franz Lerner is Rudis uncle. He was with Josef Matt hours before he died while trying to climb the Citadel, and now he is looking out for Rudi. Frau Matt is Rudis mother. She does not want Rudi to become a guide like his father because she fears that he will die the same way. John winter is a famous guide in Switzerland. Rudi saved his life and now Winter wants him to climb the Citadel with him. Emil Saxo is a famous Swiss guide form the village of Broli. Winter asks him to be the guide for the journey up the Citadel.

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Rudi Matt has been given a chance to avenge his fathers death when Capt. John Winter asks him to climb the Citadel, the last unconquered peak in the Alps, along with him. Rudi is eager to do it but he cannot get consent from his mother, so he lies and tells Winter that he can go. They start up the Citadel with the famous guide Emil Saxo, who is also very arrogant and cares only of himself. When Rudis uncle finds out about Rudi, he goes to the Citadel. Rudi was supposed to go back to his village of Kurtal to get supplies, while Saxo and Winter went back to Broli for the same reason. Rudi knew hecould not go back because they would keep him there, so he stayed at the Citadel and started to climb it. By now, his uncle had gotten to the cabin at the foot of the mountain and Winter and Saxo arrived soon-after. Franz demanded that they give his nephew back, but they thought that the boy had gone back to Kurtal. A little later, Rudi came in through the door and told them thath e had found the passage to the top of the Citadel. There was major conflict when they decided that they must all climb it together, but Rudi and Franz did not like Saxo. They climbed the mountain the next day. There was tension the whole way but with eachothers help they made it near the top. They were 3 hours from the top, when Saxo left during the night. Rudi awoke and saw that Saxo was gone so he went after him. Then, in the morning, Franz and Winter awoke and saw that they were both gone. They followed for Rudi, thinking that he was with Saxo. Rudi finally reached Saxo and Saxo told him to go back. Rudi refused and as Saxo tried to swing at him, he tripped and fell of the ledge and landed on a ledge about 20 feet below. While Rudi went down to save him, Franz and Winter passed them and made it to the top. Festivities were held and Rudi was still given credit by Franz and Winter.

I think that the author was trying to make a moral to this story. I think that he wanted to send a message of good character. When Rudi saved Saxo,he couldve left him and gone to the top. Instead, Rudi went and saved him, even though he was an enemy.

I liked the book because it was very suspenseful. I disliked the ending, though, because I thought Rudi would reach the top. I learned that a persons life is more important than ones glory.