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Madame Sousatzka is a gifted piano teacher who specializes in child prodigies and hosts her lessons in the dilapidated London home she shares with three other eccentrics: a 'countess' in retirement, a gay osteopath, and a 'woman-of-the-evening'. Madame Sousatzka's newest student is an astonishing talent, and in her hands, the new boy will blossom into musical genius. But t ...more
ebook, 201 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Bloomsbury Reader
(first published 1962)
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An old story that I've been meaning to read for a long time. This tells the story of the relationship between an unorthodox piano teacher (Sousatzka) and the child prodigy who is destined for greatness (Marcus). However their versions of greatness differ and it is this which pulls them apart in the end. An interesting study of youthful desire to find one's place in the world unencumbered versus the urge to keep hold of what we think is special and sustains us as we age.
A strange little book with very colourful characters that had me enthralled at first, but I lost interest half way through and only finished it to find out what would happen. Very well written and delightful character descriptions. Good to read something out of the ordinary
Bernice Rubens was born in Cardiff, Wales in July 1928. She began writing at the age of 35, when her children started nursery school. Her second novel, Madame Sousatzka (1962), was filmed by John Schlesinger filmed with Shirley MacLaine in the leading role in 1988. Her fourth novel, The Elected Member, won the 1970 Booker prize. She was shortlisted for the same prize again in 1978 for A Five Year ...moreMore about Bernice Rubens...