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Disturbance of the Inner Ear: A Novel
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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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
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 ...more
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
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.)
Borrowed from library.
Borrowed from library.