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The Wonder Singer

3.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Mark Lockwood's life is a small one. He s made his living as a freelance writer, producing a series of little books for hire called How to Talk to Your Teen About... But for the past few months he s been at work on a ghostwriting assignment beyond his dreams. To prepare her autobiography, he has been interviewing the internationally renowned diva Merce Casals. When the Sen ...more
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Published (first published September 1st 2008)
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Cheryl
May 05, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Lockwood is a writer. He is pretty unknown but he has struck it lucky. He has been commissed to write a tell all autobiography of opera singer Merce Casals. Mark has spent months in the company with Merce recording their converstations. Then one day the lovely Merce passes away in her bath.

Now Mark's agent, Hollywood Hank wants the tapes. He plans to have someone write the book. Mark won't do that as he knows that Merce Casals trusted him with her story and he plans to do her justice. Mark
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Serena
May 20, 2009 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Rabasa's The Wonder Singer easily captures the imagination through deftly orchestrated prose and detailed description. The Wonder Singer is the story of famed opera singer Merce Casals, and her story as told to her ghostwriter Mark Lockwood. Through alternating chapters between the biography of Merce Casals and Mark Lockwood's musings and reviews of his interview tapes with Casals, her tragic and dramatic story unfolds like Aida or many of the other great operas she sang.

"There are moment
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Valorie
Mark Lockwood, an author popularly known for his writings on how to talk to teens about a number of real life issues, has been assigned the task of acting as ghostwriter to pen and publish the biography of opera diva Mercè Casals. Hours are spent listening to her talk of her life, which is daunting in and of itself, until one day Senorita Casals dies in the bathtub with the project unfinished. With a high profile book in the works, Mark’s agent Hollywood Hank now wants to assign the book to a mo ...more
cecilia
My favorite parts of The Wonder Singer had been the flashbacks to Mark's encounters with Mercè and the "excerpts" from Mercè's autobiography-in-progress. I could gather a sense of the diva's charismatic personality and how she became world-beloved. The writing was beautiful, and there were some really great passages that blew me away with how lyrical they were.

However, one thing I had an issue with were the characters. Not a lot of time had been spent on them for me to "know" them well. Like I c
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Kitty Jay
The story revolves around Mark Lockwood, a writer who has grown to view writing as a means of paying the bills rather than an art. Well, rather - the story half revolves around him. More accurately, it revolves around the famous opera diva whom he has been visiting, gathering notes on, in order to ghostwrite her biography. Her death, however, pushes her into the spotlight once again, and Lockwood's agent attempts to take his notes to give to a more famous author, but Lockwood has become so intri ...more
Chelsea
Feb 18, 2010 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writing a book about a book has never been an easy feat. Often the reader will enjoy one book over the other, and excerpts will be overlooked so that they can get back to the more interesting plot at hand. THE WONDER SINGER does not suffer from this affliction.

From the very first chapter, Rabasa throws you head first into the story and does not lose momentum through to the end. Perhaps what makes THE WONDER SINGER so interesting, however, is not the late Diva herself, but rather the small cluste
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drey
The Wonder Singer was a fun romp through the consequences of Mark's decision to abscond with his interview tapes. Yes, there's a "before," including the diva's childhood and discovery. But I thought the fun really started with her death (am I bad or what?). And Mark, who up to that point was just another interviewer, really, seems to finally open his eyes and run with the realization that he can be the author that he's always wanted to be. So what if he has to run off with the tapes like a commo ...more
Shanidar
The final chapters are a bit disappointing, but I loved the story of the diva, her first contact with the music and her memories of the Spanish Civil War.
After the second part of the book the story is more the one of the writer, his divorce and his weird companions. There are lovely little bits, but the style is totally different, good, but not the same mood of the first pages. Mercè Canals's story goes in the background and her final is poor. This turn is unexpected, a rupture in the charm of
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Kristin
Rabasa dazzles with spot-on descriptions, of the extraordinary to the mundane, and displays a snippy (in a good way) humor through his latest novel. For more of that but with an even better story, check out his previous novel The Cleansing
Felicia
I had mixed feelings about this book. I found myself more interested in the story that the character was writing than the rest of the plot. The ending disappointed me, because I felt the story wasn't finished.
Sharlene
An interesting storyline--the biography of "the wonder singer" woven into the larger story of a ghostwriter hoping for a big break. Not what I would call a page turner by any stretch. I had to work my way through it.
Meghan
Apr 19, 2012 Meghan rated it it was ok
Eh. It was a good idea, but the characters were largely unlikeable, and the story itself turned out to be pretty weak. I wouldn't recommend this book.
Paulette
Dec 01, 2008 Paulette marked it as want-to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Hennepin County library invited me to a program Dec 5th featuring the author of this book. So....I'd better read it.
Courtney
It was okay... I'm not going to run around recommending it though. Too many iffy/inappropriate parts. Sorry!
Kalen
Oct 07, 2011 Kalen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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George Rabasas collection of short stories, Glass Houses, received The Writers Voice Capricorn Award for Excellence in Fiction and the Minnesota Book Award for Short Stories. His novel, Floating Kingdom, received the Minnesota Book Award for Fiction. And his most recent novel, The Cleansing, was named a Book Sense Notable. His short fiction has appeared in various literary magazines, such as Story ...more
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