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John Meade Falkner nació en Wiltshire (Inglaterra) en 1858. Tras graduarse en Oxford, supo compaginar sus eruditas y dispares aficiones, como la música sacra, la demonología, los libros viejos, los violines o los vinos antiguos, con el más lucrativo empleo de tutor de los hijos del poderoso Andrew Noble, destacado directivo de la naviera inglesa Armstrong Mitchell, de la q ...more
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published August 1972 by Tom Stacey (first published 1895)
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This was the first book I read on my new e-reader, and the dictionary-at-my-fingertips feature was much used and appreciated. It is written in elegant Victorian -era English. The book is billed as a ghost story or a horror story, but I would categorize it more along the lines of a mystery. Victorian horror stories bear no resemblance to the modern horror genre !

An English gentleman finds a fine Stradivarius violin, along with the diary of its former owner, hidden in a secret cupboard. He becomes
Portia S
I liked this quite a bit. Sometimes it felt as though the pace was a bit lagging, and I wanted something to happen, but boy, when the ending came, the whole story was wrapped up so beautifully, I was quite satiated with it.

This book is written in the form of two memoirs of a particular event directed towards the young Edward Maltravers. The memoirs are from his aunt Sophia and his father's close friend Mr. G (please forgive me if I spell these unfamiliar names incorrectly) and they tell Edward
Novella-length ghost story. One young man at Oxford picks up some old-fashioned music on his travels and plays it with his friend. One particular piece summons a ghostly listening presence. They are both aware of it, but only one of the young men becomes drawn into dishonesty, forbidden knowledge, sacrifice of all he held previously dear, and ruined health. This is an elegant rendition of the late Victorian/Edwardian ghost story. The sinisterly intriguing portrait, the wicked dead, the diary, th ...more
Perry Whitford
Every time a young Oxford student passionately plays the 'gagliarda' passage from a suite called the "Areopagita" on his violin, he becomes eerily aware of a ghostly presence in the room, seemingly attracted by the music.

The ghost, a blazing eyed man with a deathly pallor, appears to be reaching for something hidden behind a bookcase, which turns out to be an exquisite Stradivarius violin with a unique varnish.

As you would expect, both the specter Stradivarius speak of a sordid history, which t
Giorgos Pap
Fantastic book, I couldn't take my hands from this one!
Here's the odd thing about this book: It's a rather anticlimactic ghost story-ish novelette written by a _really_ interesting guy. The introduction drops all these fascinating things about Falkner, and leaves it about as vague as the ghost story does in it's description of the aftermath of cursed debauched Adrian Temple and his ghostly influence on John Maltravers. This COULD be a creepy story, and it probably was back in 1895 when it was first published. Unfortunately time and changing tastes h ...more
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A Stradivarius violin conjures up ghostly apparitions when played by an Oxford student.
Very quick read, and I enjoyed it, but it's so very different from something like Moonfleet. Falkner only published three novels (the fourth was lost on a train and never re-written), and all were in rather different genres. This is much more Gothic in tone and of course I love intersections of music and the supernatural, but it's also clear why it wasn't as lasting as Moonfleet was, as well as why it isn't as lasting as other ghost stories of the time.
Oh those Italians and their pagan ways.
Derek Davis
This is the first of the (alas) only three novels Falkner wrote, while devoting most of his life to working for and eventually running an armaments company during World War I. Odd, eh?

The thing with Falkner is watching the amazing progression he made from a fairly typical but much tighter 19th century approach (here, 1895) to his masterpiece, "The Nebuly Coat" (1903). "The Lost Stradivarius" uses the hoary mechanism of a long letter (or in other cases, a manuscript), from the aunt of the recipie
Decent enough ghost story, though overly reliant on coincidence. Oxford student John Maltravers (many of the names have symbolic resonances) happens upon the sheet music for a work from a hundred years ago or so and becomes increasingly absorbed in playing it on his violin. Then he begins to have odd apparently hallucinatory experiences, as does his fellow student and pianoforte accompanist Gaskell. Coincidence number one is when Maltravers finds, secreted in a concealed cabinet in his Oxford ro ...more
Oxford 1841. John Maltravers, da elternlos bereits reicher Erbe des immensen Maltravers Vermögens, ist sorgenloser Student in Magdalen Hall in Oxford. In seiner Freizeit spielt er am liebsten mit seinem Studienkollegen Mr. William Gaskell Duette, wobei Maltravers die Geige und Gaskell das Pianoforte spielt.
Aus einem Italienurlaub bringt Gaskell seinem Freund ein paar alte Noten mit. Den beiden jungen Männern hat es vor allem eines der Stücke angetan, die Gagliarda der "Areopagita" eines unbekan
Nov 11, 2007 Trouble rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: instrumentalists, ghost-story lovers
Available through Project Gutenberg:

It`s fantastic because it`s free and extremely portable, being on Project Gutenberg, but also fairly worth reading.

The story takes place in 18--, and is about a young man who finds a violin that he then fails to acknowledge the very clear signs of it being haunted. Told largely from the perspective of the man`s sister to the man`s son about 20 years after the events occured, we begin the story already knowing that with the s
Jonathon Dabell
I have always been a huge fan of J. Meade Falkner's Moonfleet, and I wanted to read more of his books but they're not too easy to get hold of. Having finally tracked down this Hesperus edition of The Lost Stradivarius, I must say I'm very impressed with it. A subtle, slow-burning ghost story with thoughtful detail and a brilliantly sustained atmosphere, this is a neglected gem!
The story follows a brilliant Oxford student who discovers a valuable violin hidden in a recess in his room. When he pla
Luis Villafane
An entertaining supernatural mystery beginning to end. The story had me guessing until I gave up guessing and waited for the story to let it all unfold. What struck me about this novel was the purposeful and even obvious avoidance of excess fluff; unnecessesary details that could possibly detract from the intrigue.

This novel also has many references to composers and other musical aspects of the time period. It was a very pleasing and fairly faithful depiction. This added musical flavor will prov
This hasn't left much of an impression on me. I wonder if it would have been more effective as a printed book; maybe the Kindle format was too alien to the manuscript setup and the centrality of the written word, in diaries and letters. I also felt there was much repetition of certain points - Maltravers' pallor and the omnipresent Gagliarda, for example - while many other aspects were skated over, or stuffed conveniently (and briefly) into Gaskell's only partially satisfying postscript. And yet ...more
Scott Rhee
John Meade Falkner's body of work was very small, but if "The Lost Stradivarius" is any indication of his talent, then he is certainly a writer worthy of being honored. A Victorian ghost story, "The Lost Stradivarius" is a frightening story of a man's passion for music that leads him into extremely dark places. This story actually gave me goosebumps and cold chills at times, and it would make an excellent little horror movie, even by today's standards. It's a short novel, almost a novella, so it ...more
étrange histoire en deux périodes qui mêle histoire de fantômes et exploration italienne
It's a great premise for a plot, and it's well worked out, and actually quite scary at times, but perhaps let down a bit by the format - I kept thinking how unlikely it was that Miss Maltravers would be able to write in such detail, at such length, about things she had only heard about.....I couldn't quite suspend my disbelief. But the note of Victorian piety (quotes from Keble's poetry!) aided with establishing her persona. I enjoyed this enough to read more of his work; he has a typical late V ...more
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Randolph Carter
Nice little gothic confection about the doomed John Maltravers. The author doesn't insult us by having the principals stumble about and wonder what is going on for too long; they figure things out pretty quickly but all seem paralyzed to figure out how to help the almost totally listless Maltravers out of his downward slide.

Lots of snooty music references that only those familiar with music scoring will get.

Randolph Carter
Not very creepy story about a haunted violin that is really a vampire (you gotta read it to see what I mean). The musician inevitably wastes away and dies instead of burning the damn thing and everyone about ends up wringing their hands instead of doing something about it. Gothic and Romantic at the same time, the plot, while perhaps novel for it's time, is limp and predictable today. At least it is short.
Victorian time tale of a nobleman and his weird affliction after finding and playing a lost Stradivarius violin. It's a relatively short read and not very fast paced, even though the subject is one of mystery and intrigue. I found it rambling in some parts, but overall it was ok. Would definitely not be in the 'un-putdownable' category, but if you're a fan of Victorian literature you might still enjoy it.
Ojalá existiera esa partitura!!! :)
Caron Allan
This was a wonderful Gothic tale of dark obsession and destruction from the writer of well-known novel Moonfleet. Best read on a winter's night by candle-light if at all possible, this is a little-known gem of a story.
Marts  (Thinker)
Music brings an uncanny being into the life of a young Oxford student and upon finding a certain violin in a hidden compartment in his room, he only exacerbates these unwanted supernatural forces which control his life to his death... Causing him to travel miles and sacrifice his values to find the source of this evil...
Subtle, spooky ghost story--too subtle, in that the rather prim narrators don't quite communicate the obviously creepy and horrifying things happening to the main character. Needs more perspectives, less restraint.
Very pretty edition, though!
One of a classic 'horror' supernatural stories which has had few literary reviews. Written by an author who had written an array of books on various topics and themes, both fiction and non fiction.
Matt Kelland
A fantastic spooky read from an author you don't normally associate with the genre. Well recommended for fans of Machen, Montague Summers, etc.
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John Meade Falkner, the son of a country cleryman, was born in 1858. After taking his degree at Oxford, he went to Newcastle-upon-Tyne as a private tutor to the sons of Andrew Noble. When they had grown up he stayed on with the family, and entered the firm where Sir Andrew worked. He travelled a great deal for the firm, particularly to the Balkans, helping to export warships and armaments, for whi ...more
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