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Preview — Madame Sousatzka by Bernice Rubens
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
Mass Market, 224 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Grand Central Publishing
(first published 1962)
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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...