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This novel deals with the relationship between a devoted piano teacher, the Madame Sousatzka of the title, and an aspiring young pianist. The action takes place largely in the dilapidated London home of Sousatzka where three other colourful characters also live. One is a 'countess' in retirement who spends most of her time sitting and looking at the world, the second is a ...more
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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...