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The Goldberg Variations

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Nancy Huston's The Goldberg Variations, which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Translation, echoes Bach's Variations in its structure and rhythms, and ultimately, its irony. "Suppose you invite thirty people to your home, people whom you love or have loved, to listen to you perform Bach's Goldberg Variations. And say that this concert unfolds like a mid ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Signature Editions (first published 1981)
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Jill
Jun 19, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rarely are we transfixed.

Interested, diverted, intrigued, focused -- but transfixed, to the point where all else fades and our attention rests exclusively -- no, not often at all. We may spend hundreds of dollars on a night of entertainment; read dozens of books to keep us current with trends; talk for hours with our closest ---- but we are preoccupied. The Goldberg Variations -- among other things -- shoves that ignored truth plainly in your face.

Beautifully written and complexly conceived -- h
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Roger Brunyate
Jun 18, 2016 Roger Brunyate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Though a Canadian anglophone, Nancy Huston spent a year in Paris in 1973 on a junior year abroad from Sarah Lawrence, fell in love with the language, and has basically been living in Paris and writing in French most of her adult life. She translates her own books into English. I mention this, even though I read The Goldberg Variations (1981) in English, because it is the kind of first novel one could only imagine being published in France. Consciously elegant, artful in its a
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Ce kaléidoscope à plusieurs personnages ne m'a pas laissé de souvenirs.
Am
Feb 21, 2008 Am rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant characterizations applied to a musical piece. LOVED.
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Apr 01, 2008 Brandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
so, so interesting.
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Huston lived in Calgary until age fifteen, at which time her family moved to Wilton, New Hampshire, USA. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she was given the opportunity to spend a year of her studies in Paris. Arriving in Paris in 1973, Huston obtained a Master's Degree from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, writing a thesis on swear words und
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