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Disturbance of the Inner Ear: A Novel

2.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  64 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Dark, intense, and often very funny, this critically lauded debut novel tells a story of inherited trauma healed by erotic love in the lives of two unlikely soul mates: Isabel, a former cello prodigy and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, and Giulio, an Italian gigolo. With its hypnotic internal logic, Disturbance of the Inner Ear conjures a ravaged landscape in which anyth ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published October 22nd 2003 by Carroll & Graf (first published September 16th 2002)
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Jul 12, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: gone, take-a-chance
I read this book really fast to find out what happens. After it finishes the trajectory of the book and where it ends feels like the reader should have guessed, but I think that is the art of the author, and that like life, there are many ways it could have taken and each one could have been just as convincing. As the book progressed I felt more sure of what had happened in the past and less sure of the present - and that was a part of the attraction for me. Thank goodness I didn't read the Good ...more
L. W.
Feb 20, 2011 L. W. rated it really liked it

Why did I love this book so much? Was it because I understand her rapt attention when playing her instrument? Sympathized with her unusual and almost abusive childhood? Her desire to hide away to avoid more tragic losses? YES. YES. YES.

This book almost scared me off via the first page, a scene that hints at further darkness, but as I kept reading, the author weaves a mystery that unfolds and reveals the damages the main character carries around with her at the hands of a now-dead neglectful mot
Apr 11, 2010 Venuskitten rated it it was ok
Set in Milan, this is the surreal and bizarre story of a young woman (formerly a gifted cellist) who is employed by a millionaire as a music teacher to his son Clayton following the death of her (much) older lover in their hotel room. She meets Guilio, a plastic surgeon, and embarks on a strange relationship with him, eventually fleeing from him and from her employer and his son, to Theriesenstadt, where her father had been held until the end of the war. Guilio is however never far behind, altho ...more
May 10, 2010 Carolb rated it really liked it
I really liked the way the author wrote - not using quotations ("...") around spoken phrases but instead using - (dashes). I also really enjoyed the way she punctuated Isabel's speech with musical phrases, such as - (forte, con sentimento profondo, etc.)

Good read.

Borrowed from library.
Beth Hartnett
Sep 07, 2010 Beth Hartnett rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This one may very well make my top 10...I should really get around to making an actual top ten list. Our librarians have each created one and it is great to see what people have enjoyed reading and how it matches up to my taste.
Written by a Wellesley alum, it's a well-written story about a struggling cellist abroad, but it's implausible ending is distracting.
Sally Kenney
Jul 11, 2010 Sally Kenney rated it it was ok
Found it hard to follow what was happening and who was who. The sex was disturbing, as were relationships. Couldn't connect with music.
Jan 20, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it
A former childhood cello prodigy stranded in Italy ends up at Thierienstadt -- Does anyone ever act that way????
Jul 27, 2008 D. rated it really liked it
If you like books--and reading them--you should check this out.
Apr 26, 2008 Marita rated it it was ok
quite bizzare book about music and Jewish grief.
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