The Mephisto Waltz
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The Mephisto Waltz

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  161 ratings  ·  9 reviews
"Paula and Myles Clarkson's luck was in the ascendant. After a period of depression following his resounding failure as a concert pianist, Myles had decided, with Paula's encouragement to turn to a career in writing. Now the free-lance assignments that would finance his work on a novel were beginning to come in, among them a journalist's dream - the chance to interview the...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 1969 by Coward-McCann
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Helen Azar
In the great style of Ira Levin (one of my favorite psychological thriller authors), this book is fast paced and suspenseful. A treat for any conossieur of the genre.
Mary Kay
This novel taught me early on that I loved a fast plot, a lot of twists, and characters that are pure evil.
Jul 13, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nikita Mndoyants
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Mephisto Waltz wiki page
Shelves: fiction

This is a totally cheesy 1969 horror novel, along the lines of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. I devoured it with equal parts enjoyment and chagrin. It's wonderfully dated - the protagonists are thrilled with their newly renovated kitchen and its blue vinyl countertops - and effusively sprinkled with the most ghastly product placements. Myles and Paula Clarkson smoke TarGard Viceroys, use a Chemex coffeemaker, drink Diet Rite Cola, someone drives an XK-E (it's assumed we know, until the next p...more
Thomas Amo
Originally I saw the film. Years later when I worked a job where I had a two hour lunch, I found myself spending at least one or two days a week at the used bookstore. When I came across the book I hadn't realized it was a novel. At first I thought it was a book adaptation of the film, but was pleased to find out it wasn't.

On further research it's interesting to note the author wrote this book after attending Julliard.

I would read this book again.
We liked it better than ROSEMARY'S BABY, and it had a great ending.
I have to say that I’m surprised that there are a significant number of people who enjoyed this book. I chose to read to this book after reading Fred Mustard Stewart’s “Century” which is in no way similar to the suspense filled genre of “The Mephisto Waltz.” I had watched “Rosemary’s Baby” several years ago and it struck me, while reading “The Mephisto Waltz” how similar the movie and book were. They weren’t exactly on point but the journey to find clues and the existence of the cult truly made...more
Erik Graff
Mar 18, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stewart fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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This is basically a creeping horror novel about a pianist becoming possessed by an author himself trained as a pianist--a sort of low brow Dr. Faustus.
Not scary at all.
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Fred Mustard Stewart was an American novelist. His most popular books were The Mephisto Waltz (1969), adapted for a 1971 film starring Alan Alda; Six Weeks (1976), made into a 1982 film starring Mary Tyler Moore; Century, a New York Times best-seller in 1981; and Ellis Island (1983), which became a CBS mini-series in 1984.

Stewart graduated from Princeton University in 1954. He originally planned t...more
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