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Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz

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With "Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz", Irene Dische turns her satiric brilliance on the most improbable of love stories. Benedikt von Wallerstein, an ascetic mathematician, had always eschewed human company, preferring calculations to emotions. But with the onset of a debilitating illness, Benedikt suddenly longs for a child. His advertisement seeking a boy for adoption is ans ...more
288 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Metropolitan Books (first published 1993)
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Sep 19, 2007 Ashley rated it liked it
I think what prevented me from enjoying this book as much as I'd expected (and maybe this was the point) was that I felt constantly thrown off by it. Even though it takes place in the not-too-distant past, I had to frequently remind myself of that. I still haven't been able to figure out why, but it reminded me of The House of the Seven Gables. I'm a fan of Hawthorne's work, so that doesn't explain how I felt about this novel. I think that maybe part of the disconnect I felt results from the mai ...more
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I wavered between not picking this book up for a week and then being engrossed in it for another week. It kept me off kilter the whole time. I never quite knew what was going to happen or even what was happening in the moment, but the world remained intriguing. The characters were off putting and distant, but I wanted to see what they would do. Ultimately I enjoyed it, although I don't know who I would recommend it to.
This novel was interesting, but hard to digest. For 33 variations, I like Beethoven better. Dische could have made her points even better with less text. Nevertheless, the 'interesting' comes first. JM
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Irene Dische is an American writer, born and raised in the Washington Heights district of New York City.
She has studied Literature and Anthropology on the Harvard University. She was a freelance journalist (The New Yorker, The Nation). In the early 1980s, Dische moved to Berlin, Germany, and now she devides her time between Berlin and Rhinebeck, New York. A lot of her work is written in English, b
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